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What is a CDA?  A Child Development Associates (CDA) is a Credential awarded by the COUNCIL OF PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION out of Washington D.C.    This credential is acknowledged and accepted Nationwide and serves as proof that the person holding the CDA is an educated, qualified, childcare professional.   It is the equivalent of 12 college credit hours (120 clock hours or 12 CEU's) but also takes into account your experience in childcare.  It is used nationwide to improve the star quality rating score of an in home provider or child care center.


What kinds of CDA's are there? - You can choose:






What if I work with one age group but want to get my CDA in a different age group?  You can do that.  Just remember that you will need to be observed working with the age group that you are testing in and your parent questionnaires will need to be from children of the testing age group as well.


How long does a CDA class take to complete?  On average the course takes 8 weeks, however you do have a full year to complete the program.  


Who can enroll in a CDA class? Anyone who meets the following requirements:


*18 years or older

* Have a High School Diploma or equivalent

* You must also have a minimum of 480 hours (about 12 weeks of full time experience or 24 weeks of part time experience) in a child care setting during your lifetime.


Why is your class so cheap?  We have funds available for each student that enrolls in our CDA program to automatically cover the cost of a portion of the class for them.  Our CDA classes normally cost $795.00.  Until these funds run out, ALL students that enroll in our program from the state of Texas will only have to pay $250.00 for the class.


Are there any other cost for the class?   Your text book is an additional $25.00 and once you are enrolled we will show you how and where to purchase that book online and this is the only other additional cost for our class.  


What do I do after I complete the course?   After our program you will need to be observed working in a classroom with students and you will need to have parents fill out a questionnaire about your abilities.   Your instructor will help you with this.  Once this is completed you will take your NATIONAL final exam with the Council.   As with all other programs, including college programs, the fee for this test is not included in your class cost, however, the great news is that Texas has the TEACH grant to help cover the cost of the test and at the end of our course your instructor will assist you in filling out the form to receive it.  :-)


I want to pay by Check or Money Order?  Great!  Mail your check to:  

                                                                                Tick Tock Training

                                                                                502 West Montgomery # 240

                                                                               Willis, Texas 77378



Where can I get more information?

Email Us:  

Call: 1-888-237-0822

Texas C.D.A. - $250.00

Before you register a student please

make sure each of the following statements are true.


1.  The student is 18 years or older or will be by the end of 8 weeks.


2.  The student has a high school diploma or GED or will have by the end of 8 weeks.


3.  The student currently works in a child care setting that is registered or licensed.


or - the student will work in a licensed child care center after taking our course and understands that they must have this job before taking their final with the CDA Council.