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CDA Renewal Training: How do I renew my CDA?

The CDA Credential renewal process has several steps. Care Courses can help.

The training portion can be completed with Care Courses, and our specialists can answer questions about any and all of the steps. Confused? Contact us at 1-800-685-7610 or send an email to: for help with your CDA or CDA decisions.

A CDA Credential is valid for three years from the award date, and it must be renewed before it expires. A CDA Credential may only be renewed for the original setting, age-level endorsement, and specialization. Additional information, including the CDA Renewal Procedures Guides for each setting, can be found on the CDA Council's website by clicking here.

All CDA Renewal Candidates must meet the following requirements

  • Proof of current Red Cross or other nationally recognized agency First Aid and Infant/Child (Pediatric) CPR certificate.
  • Proof of 45 clock hours (4.5 CEUs) of training in early childhood education/child development that is related to your CDA setting. This training must be completed after your CDA credential’s issue date. You may not re-take the same courses you completed when you applied for your original CDA credential or for previous CDA renewals.*
  • Verification of 80 hours of work experience with young children or families of young children within the past year
  • Recommendation from an Early Childhood Education Professional.
  • Proof of membership to a national or local early childhood professional organization.*
  • CDA Council Renewal fee: $150. Candidates who apply online using will receive a discount of $25 and will be charged a $125 renewal fee.
  • You may submit your Renewal Application no sooner than six months before your credential expiration date. Note: You must renew your credential before it expires. Your credential will expire 3 years from the date of award.

*Your training and membership documentation will be reviewed by a Verifier. Please refer to the Renewal Procedures Guide for more information.

Please call us for specific renewal instructions for a Home Visitor CDA. Our CDA renewal sets may be used for the 45 hours of training needed to renew your Home Visitor CDA.

What our CDA students say

Updating your CDA "I love to renew my CDA through Care Courses! It's easy to do and I can do it on my own time when it is convenient for me. The best part is that after almost 30 years of working with young children I still find the books informative!"
Bloomington, Indiana