CDA Training

Georgia approval for CDA training is for approved trainers who wish to provide training specific to the educational requirement for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. While the Council for Professional Recognition does not require that CDA training be Georgia Approved, many Georgia approved trainers desire to have their CDA training approved so that the CDA training can be listed in the statewide training calendar. To be a Georgia approved CDA trainer, you must first be a Trainer I, II or III, and then submit additional qualifications (see below). Once you have been approved as a CDA trainer, then you can submit your CDA training for approval. 

Because the CDA training is a 120 hour commitment for the trainer and the participant, it is required that you have had experience teaching a long-term training over a period of time.  To be eligible to submit a CDA training for approval, you must meet the following additional requirements:

1) Submit a résumé documenting all of the following:
  • Direct experience teaching in a child care program 
  • At least 3 years of experience providing training/education for adults in child development and developmentally appropriate practice
  • Taught at least one CDA training course (or a long term training over the course of several weeks/months, i.e., college course or credential training)
2) Letter of recommendation from an individual addressing both your skills and abilities for working with young children and your skills teaching a long-term course (preferably a participant from a course)

To submit a 120 hour CDA training for approval, complete a Training Approval Application that includes enough content detail so that the reviewer can document the full 120 hours of required training content covering the eight CDA content areas. The training should include no fewer than 10 hours in each of the following content areas:

1) Planning a safe, healthy environment to invite learning
2) Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
3) Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development
4) Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
5) Strategies to manage an effective program operation
6) Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
7) Observing and recording children’s behavior
8) Principles of child development and learning

If the training requires the use of a textbook or textbooks by participants for a majority of the course content, Georgia Training Approval staff may ask to review the textbook, especially if it is not one regularly used for CDA courses. 

Note: Georgia approval of CDA training is not required for the training to be used for the CDA credential, nor does Georgia approval guarantee that the training will be accepted by the Council for Professional RecognitionIt is the trainers responsibility to make sure their training will be accepted by the CDA Council.