CDA Training Virtual Classroom (8 Units)

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120 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education

Washington Child Care Training


Our CDA program takes a holistic approach to the development of young children, from birth to the age of eight. Providing a quality education to future generations requires more than a love of children. Through the CDA Virtual Classroom, you will be introduced to academic concepts that include child growth and development, nutrition, child behavior, and curriculum, while developing the leadership skills that can make you invaluable in the field of early childhood education.
CDA Training in Washington State

120 Hours of CDA Training Online 

This enrollment is for the 120 hours of training needed to apply for a CDA Credential. 
  • Unit 1: Planning a safe and healthy learning environment (15 hours)
  • Unit 2: Advancing children's physical and intellectual development (15 hours)
  • Unit 3: Supporting children's social and emotional development (15 hours)
  • Unit 4: Building productive relationships with families (15 hours)
  • Unit 5: Managing an effective program operation (15 hours)
  • Unit 6: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism (15 hours)
  • Unit 7: Observing and recording children's behavior (15 hours)
  • Unit 8: Understanding principles of child development and learning (15 hours)
One-Unit-At-A-Time Option Available $60.00 per Unit
This course is designed to meet the educational requirements for the National CDA Credential.  Once you complete all 8 Units, you will have the required formal education to apply for a Child Development Associate Credential.
Refer to pages 8-9 in the CDA Competency Standards Book for more information on training requirements to apply for the CDA Credential.
State Annual Training Approvals
This training may, or may not, meet annual training requirements in your state. Please provide us with your state, and any State registry ID number, and if we are able to record your completed training with your state, we will. In some cases, for annual state credit, you will need to submit the certificate to the appropriate registry and they may or may not award annual credit. The training is approved for the National CDA Credential regardless of whether annual continuing education credit is awarded. ​ 
Providing a State Registry number to us does not guarantee that your state will approve the training for annual continuing education credit. ​​​

CDA Credential Process Review

  • The CDA credentialing program is administered by the CDA Council at the Council for Professional Recognition, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages birth to 5 years old.”
  • In addition to the 120 hours of training, you will need to put together a Professional Portfolio. The directions for the Portfolio are provided in the Competency Standards book that you order from the CDA Council. You will also need to have 480 hours of work experience within the three years prior to submitting the application to the CDA Council. Once you submit the application to the CDA Council, they will then send you an email to schedule your observation and CDA Exam. You will then contact a PD Specialist to schedule your observation, which will be at your program where you work. And, you will schedule your CDA Exam at a Pearson Vue testing center in your area. Once you have completed all of those steps, then the CDA Credential is awarded or denied by the CDA Council. For more information about the CDA Credential process go to  ​​​​​​​​