A program of Lutheran Social Services in western North Dakota and Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership in eastern North Dakota

CDA Training Options

The following CDA training options give candidates the opportunity to complete training requirements for clock hours or college credit.

Review these frequently asked questions to learn more about the Child Care Aware® of North Dakota CDA Training Program


Option 1: Personalized Learning Path (clock hours)

  1. Use the Career Pathways Planning Guides to select courses. Select the version that correlates to the CDA emphasis area you are seeking.
  1. Call Child Care Aware® of North Dakota to connect with a Training Coordinator who will help you develop a personalized Learning Path that fulfills CDA training requirements.
  2. Use the Training Calendar to schedule and complete the courses identified on your Learning Path. Be sure to document training as you complete each course.
  3. Work with your Professional Development Coordinator to find information about completing the other components of the CDA application process

Costs for this self-paced, clock-hour option
• Cost varies depending on the type of training
• $425 national assessment fee

Convert you CDA Credential into college credit
Contact a Child Care Aware® of North Dakota Professional Development Coordinator to learn how you may be able to convert your CDA credential into college credit.


Option 2: CDA Training Program (clock hours)

This distance learning course administered by Child Care Aware® of North Dakota is divided into three modules. Candidates earn 45 clock hours of training for each module. You may register for one module at a time, but must complete all three modules to meet the national CDA requirements. This option allows you to work independently, while keeping you on pace to complete the CDA training within 12 months. To begin earning your CDA training credits this way:

  1. Use the Online Training Calendar to register and pay for the modules you wish to take. Registration is on-going, so you may register at any time.
  2. Download course materials and complete on your own computer. Contact Child Care Aware® of North Dakota if you prefer to purchase a paper version of the modules.
  3. Order the course textbooks through the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bookstore online or call 701-231-7761. Request the books for the course titled HDFS 194.
  4. Complete the learning assignments and other CDA components and return the course materials within 12 months of the date you registered for the course to receive clock hours.
  5. When you have successfully completed the three course modules, and the other components of the national CDA, you are ready to submit your application for CDA Credentialing.

Costs for this independent study, clock-hour option
• Course fee of $255 per module or $765 for all 3 modules. Fee is non-refundable
• $200 one-time book fee (covers all 3 modules)
• $425 national assessment fee

Training Materials
Course Overview and Required Textbooks
Sample Lesson

Convert you CDA Credential into college credit
Contact a Professional Development Coordinator to learn how you may be able to convert your CDA credential into college credit.