The CDA Exam and the verification visit can be scheduled in any
order the candidate wishes. The CDA Exam is taken on a com-
puter at a Pearson VUE Testing Center and consists of multiple-
choice questions geared to the candidate’s particular CDA setting.
The verification visit consists of three parts:
1. Review: The PD Specialist will look over the candidate’s
documentation, including the Professional Portfolio.
G You will need to have
pleted before the
2. Observe: The PD Specialist will observe the candidate
working in her setting with young children for a two-
3. Reflect: The candidate will have a reflective dialogue
with the PD Specialist about her professional strengths
and areas that can be improved, along with setting some
goals for professional development.
The first two parts of the verification visit—review and observe
—are scored using the Comprehensive Scoring Instrument that is
at the back of the Competency Standards book.
The PD Specialist submits scores for the observation and the verifica-
tion visit within forty-eight hours of completion. These scores, along
with the score for the CDA Exam, are combined for a cumulative
score to determine the decision for credentialing. If this score meets
the Council’s requirement, the CDA Credential will be awarded and
mailed to the candidate. If not, the candidate will be notified and pro-
vided with information about appeal procedures and other options.
The CDA Credential must be renewed every three years. Several
pieces of documentation, along with a fee, are submitted along
with the Renewal Application.
(Council for Professional Recognition, 2013)
The Professional Development Specialist
The PD Specialist must meet the requirements listed in the
Competency Standards book:
• Have Internet access
• Possess a working e-mail address
Facts about the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and Process