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

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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. 





2) 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.

3) Enrollments submitted between 9 pm and 8 am (during the night) will be processed by 8:30 am the next morning.

4) Check your email for instructions to start the training. You will receive an email with the word PASSWORD in the subject line. Click on the link in the email, and use the log-in credential provided to access the course.

5) Attention Mobile Device Users! This training cannot be done on a mobile device. Cell phones and tablets do not have the required software to run the CDA courses. A computer with internet access is required to complete the online CDA training.

6) Some students may find that they need to download or update Shockwave, Flash player or Java.

7) Some students may find that they have to update their internet browser, this is most often the case when trying to using Internet Explorer. We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for the best results. Our student support staff is happy to assist students with troubleshooting should you encounter technical issues, and will provide common suggestions for solving problems that occur when normal browser maintenance or application updates need to occur.

8) Cancellations and refunds requested within 72 hours after enrollment are available for courses/programs that have NOT been accessed. Refunds and Cancellations will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.

9) 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.

10) Refunds are not available after 72 hours.

11) Refunds are not available for courses/programs that have been started.

12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.

13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.

14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.

Attention: The 120 hours of CDA training is the first step in obtaining the National CDA Credential. Once you have completed the CDA training, you will complete the rest of the CDA Credentialing process through the CDA Council of Professional Recognition. There is more information available at:

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  • 5
    Having the classes online was a big help.

    Posted by Melissa on 15th Feb 2016

    It was nice to be able to leave a class if I had to, and then come back later and it would pick up right where I left off. The course information was very useful. It covered a lot of different topics that I wouldn't have even thought to cover. Very helpful for my current job as a lead teacher.

  • 4
    Very Informative!

    Posted by Natascha on 12th Feb 2016

    The fact that I could listen to the training as well as read along was very helpful to me. I also appreciated the test questions given before the final tests in the end.

    It would be nice if you could see the hrs before you start doing the sections to better gauge which ones will take more time. But overall, very nice setup and I love the frequently asked questions and resource pages.

  • 5
    I enjoyed the course

    Posted by Shirley on 4th Feb 2016

    I enjoyed the course. it was very interesting.

  • 5
    This was a wonderful training program!

    Posted by Amberly on 17th Aug 2015

    Online, self-paced, taking tests as many times as needed

  • 5
    Easy access

    Posted by Heidi on 13th Aug 2015

    I liked being able to work on my classes any time I wanted, even late at night.

  • 5

    Posted by Maria on 16th Jun 2015

    Having the training be online was wonderful.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown 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

  • 5
    This training is great!

    Posted by Maribel on 21st Apr 2015

    I will for sure recommend this training to everyone!

  • 5
    Easy access

    Posted by Graham 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.