How do you obtain a CDA certification?


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You can obtain a CDA certification by amassing related hours of education, experience and a portfolio and then completing the YourCDA application. Afterward, you are observed by a CDA Professional Development Specialist, who also reviews documentation. Finally, you must successfully complete the CDA exam at a Pearson center.

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The first step towards obtaining a CDA certification is gathering professional education hours and hours of relevant experience. As of 2015, the CDA certification requires a minimum of 120 hours of credits demonstrating professional education and 480 hours of professional experience. After this is complete, the CDA Council recommends completing a professional portfolio.

Next, complete the CDA application either online or offline. This can be completed anytime throughout the year. You must identify the CDA Professional Development Specialist you are working with and, as of 2015, pay a $425 assessment fee. After the application and payment are received and approved, you have six months to complete the next step.

The specialist completes a verification visit composed of reviewing documents, observing your classroom teaching, and engaging in reflexive dialogue. Next, the CDA exam must be scheduled and taken, and all of this must be completed within the six months since the initial application was approved.

The exam score along with other relevant factors are sent to the CDA Council who makes the credentialing decision to offer the CDA certification or not.

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