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C.D.A. renewal - $50.00

New renewal requirements.  



You should begin to apply for CDA renewal six months before your credential expires.


Please Note: CDA Credentials with an award and renewal date on or after July 1, 2013 are valid for three years from the date of award.

This means you must renew your C.D.A. Credential before it expires in order to remain an active CDA, no exceptions or extensions.


If your CDA Credential expires, you will have to reapply as a new/first-time CDA Candidate.


Before you can renew your CDA, you will need to complete five steps - see below.


If you do not meet the requirement for number 1 below, then you will need to pay

the $50.00 renewal fee to Tick Tock Training and complete our C.D.A. renewal course.  

At the end of this course you will receive your certificate for 45 clock hours of training.


If you already have everything you need to renew-  you do NOT need to pay ANYONE except the CDA COUNCIL To renew. 

If you already have evertyhing you need go to and begin the renewal process with them.  


1.  †_____Attend continuing education or training courses in the setting you are certified in.


*** You must show proof of:


         _____4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs); or 45 clock hours of training in early childhood development taken in the last 3 years.

         _____or • One 3 credit-hour course (College Credit) in Child Development.



†2.  _____Choose an early childhood education (ECE) professional to write your recommendation. (Called ECE Reviewer.)


***The ECE Reviewer can be an education coordinator, a co-worker, a center director, or a member of an early childhood organization to which you belong.

Please Note: To apply online, you will need to have your ECE Reviewer’s email address.


3.  _____Complete First Aid and Infant/Child (Pediatric) CPR certification (Must be current)


4.  _____Work with young children in the setting you are certified in.


***Within one year prior to your renewal, you must have worked a minimum of 80 hours with children in the setting you are certified in.  If your employment does not include 80 hours during the past year, there are other ways to meet the requirement. For example, you could visit and volunteer in an early childhood setting to participate in a special project, organize and implement a family-oriented event, or sponsor a hands-on activity or field trip with children . You may show proof of this type of work (volunteer or paid) to your ECE Reviewer who will verify your 80 hours of service.


5.  _____ Join or renew your membership in a national or local early childhood professional organization.

(Must be a current member.)


***Please Note: The Council does not accept the following types of early childhood organization membership to fulfill the renewal requirements:

• State Registry organization membership

• Parent Teacher Association (PTA) membership

• Magazine subscription membership


For more information, the Council has a list of ECE membership associations that you may join on our website,


Please note:  Once you have acquired all of the above documentation, you must still pay the C.D.A. Council a fee of $125.  

This fee is paid directly to the C.D.A. Council at the time of your document submission to them.

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