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CDA Training * 120 Hours of Training Toward the National CDA Credential

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Online Course Description

CDA Training Online - 120 Hours (12 CEU)

Online * Self-Paced CDA Courses Available 24/7

Open-Enrollment – Start on any date

The CDA training meets the educational requirements to apply for a National Child Development Associate Credential (CDA).



The tuition to enroll in the CDA training program is $399. The tuition for the CDA payment plan is based on a per module fee. The CDA Training program includes the 120 hours of CDA training required to apply for a CDA Credential. 

This CDA training program includes the following:

  • Module 1: Safe and Healthy Environment - 10 Hours (1 CEU)
  • Module 2: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development - 21 hours (2.1 CEU) 
  • Module 3: Principles of Child Growth and Development - 15 hours (1.5 CEU) 
  • Module 4: Enhancement of Social and Emotional Development - 14 hours (1.4 CEU) 
  • Module 5: Observing and Recording Progress and Behavior of Children - 15 hours (1.5 CEU)
  • Module 6: Positive Relationships with Families - 13 hours (1.3 CEU) 
  • Module 7: Effective Program Operation - 14 hours (1.4 CEU) 
  • Module 8: Commitment to Professionalism - 18 hours (1.8 CEU) 

CDA Training Online  - Total Hours 120 Hours CDA (12 CEU)


 All CDA courses are completely online. Nothing will be shipped. 


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Student enrollments are activated between 8 am and 9 pm PST, 7 days a week. It can take up to 30 minutes after enrollment for your courses to become active for access. However, in most cases it is within 5 minutes. Please allow two days for activation of Business Education courses.
Enrollments submitted between 9 pm and 8 am (during the night) will be processed by 8:30 am the next morning.
Check your email for instructions to start the training.
Online courses require a computer and internet access. Mobile devices do not work effectively to complete professional education. We are unable to provide technical support for students attempting to complete training on a cell phone, iPad or other mobile device. Our courses are designed to be completed on a computer.
Cancellations and refunds requested within 72 hours after enrollment are available for courses/programs that have NOT been accessed. Once you log in and start a course, a refund is not available. After 72 hours, the payment credit can be transferred to a different training or to a new student if the training was not started by the original student for up to 30 days after enrollment. Refunds are not available after 72 hours. Refunds are not available for courses/programs that have been started.
Refunds and Cancellations will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.
Washington students must submit an evaluation form upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you.
Certificates are prepared 7 days a week.

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  1. Wonderful 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jun 2015

    Having the training be online was wonderful.

  2. IT'S GREAT. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th May 2015

    Very easy to work with fast response when you need questions answered very professional I should have did it long time ago

  3. This training is great! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Apr 2015

    I will for sure recommend this training to everyone!

  4. Easy access 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Mar 2015

    The part of the training that worked best for me was that I could access it anytime and switch from course to course in no particular order. This helped me because I liked switching from subject to subject.

    I would only suggest updating some of the information the training provided, for instance the Food Pyramid has changed and one of the courses goes over the nutritional values and proper serving amounts but it is outdated and incorrect to today's Food Pyramid.

  5. Convenient and Informative 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Mar 2015

    I liked the training as it was. It worked well for me and my schedule, especially allowing me the convenience of starting and stopping when needed. It provided opportunities to go back and review when necessary.
    I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of detail and information that was included in the training. I am so glad that I decided to do the training. And thanks so much for making it convenient for my schedule.

  6. Thank you for the online availability of this 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Mar 2015

    I enjoyed the entire training. I have learned so much because of this training.

  7. Very well put together. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Jan 2015

    All the trainings I have completed so far were very well put together.

  8. The customer support is excellent! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Jan 2015

    This is all online which saves gas and time. The customer support is excellent! Photos are random but pleasant. I would suggest that there be more photos of games, puppets, etcetera as they are discussed in the course.

  9. CDA on the double! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Dec 2014

    My favorite thing about the course is the fact that it is all online. I had very good customer service when I needed to call with some question. I recommend this training if a CDA is what you're woking for.

  10. Thank-you. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Nov 2014

    I enjoyed this class on infants/toddlers/preschoolers
    I have been in childcare for 30 plus years and am surprised
    each time I learn more about a topic I have been involved in for so many years. Thank-you.

  11. I benefited a lot 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Nov 2014

    During the training, I was able to take small "practice" quizzes" after some specific sections. This helped prepare me for the final test after the completion of each course. The narration was a little dry... more enthusiasm in the audio might catch a little more attention on some subjects. I was grateful for the course being online and at my pace. The courses were divided clearly and contained very useful information. I benefited a lot by accessing this material.

  12. your company is Awesome . 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Oct 2014

    Thank you for offering this service. :)

  13. It was very easy to follow. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Sep 2014

    The fact that I could do the training on my own time. I have two toddlers of my own so there really is no time. I could take advantage of the little spaces I found in the day to work on this.

  14. The information is great to have. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Sep 2014

    I work best by having both auditory and visual representation of information. Having both worked well for me. The information is great to have. I understand more now as to why we do certain things at school.

  15. Excellent Trainings, I will recommend to my colleagues. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Sep 2014

    The summary of every training helps a lot because remains me most important information.

  16. Early Childhood? 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Sep 2014

    I was under the impression that this course was targeted at a Preschool demographic. I am disappointed that so many of the pictures and references show an older age group. Desks? in a childcare? This does not seem to fit my expectation of the course.

  17. Everything worked extremely well for me 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Aug 2014

    The best aspect of this training for me was the flexibility. This training was the perfect fit for me due to that reason.

  18. This was a great way of completing my 120 hours! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Aug 2014

    Just the fact that I was able to do it all online, on my own time, at my own pace. I loved that I could stop and come back to a course later. I also loved that I was able to complete in my own time frame. I only took 2 months, which worked out great for me and what I wanted to achieve!

  19. LOVE that it is online! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Aug 2014

    The fact that I am able to complete the class while sitting on my porch enjoying a lovely summer evening is HUGE! Thank you!

  20. It is great!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Aug 2014

    Thank You! I did it!!

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