Professional Development


The Professional Development Incentive System is a voluntary statewide professional development program for early childhood educators in a child care setting.  The goal of this incentive is to increase the quality of child care by caregivers receiving ongoing education and training.  The program also will move caregivers up on the Career Ladder and reward education and involvement in the Professional Development Incentive System.


CEU credit can be used for the Career Ladder, Annual Professional Development Incentive training, CDA Renewal, Child Care Licensing Credit and perhaps others as well.  Instructions on how to submit for CEU credit can be found on the homework assignments. Contact URPD at or 435-797-2468 if you have any questions on CEU credit.

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The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE.

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development.

CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.

Earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ has many advantages, including exposure to the larger community of early childhood educators. Over 370,000 educators have received their CDA to date!

Becoming a CDA is a big commitment, but one that creates confident practitioners with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.

Benefits of The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™

  • Advance your career
  • Meet job requirements
  • Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
  • Provide parents with peace of mind
  • Understand developmentally appropriate practice
  • Increase your confidence

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NAC Update

To receive the National Administrators Credential a provider needs to take the:

For upcoming Utah dates, contact UPCCA at or 801-856-0348.    
You must also take the following Career Ladder Classes:

  1. Child Development Ages and Stages
  2. Learning in the Early Years
  3. A Great Place for Kids
  4. Strong and Smart
  5. Learning to Get Along
  6. Advanced Child Development



The following Career Ladder Classes can be used for NAC RENEWAL:

  1. Child Development Healthy Care
  2. Child Development Ages and Stages
  3. A Great Place for Kids
  4. Working Together
  5. Creating Good Child Care
  6. Family Child Care Course #2
  7. Family Child Care Course #4
  8. Touchpoints®
  9. Theories and Best Practices


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