Welcome to Atlas Training...
A CDA Training Program in Child Development

Training includes portfolio development!

We look forward to working with you as we take you from start to finish until you earn your CDA.

Atlas Training is a CDA Training program in Child Development. It offers Competency-Based Education (CBE) to participants on an interactive learning platform and is an alternative to the traditional online model of watching videos and taking a multiple choice quiz to demonstrate knowledge. 

Participants enrolling in Atlas Training work through one module at a time and demonstrate that they understand and can apply what they learn prior to moving on to the next module. Progress is based on demonstration of proficiency and/or mastery of the 13 functional areas of the national CDA and is measured through assessments that include discussions, assignments, reflections and multiple choice quizzes.

Though Atlas Training is a nine month program, students have flexibility within each month to complete work at their own pace. Content mastery is the focus, rather than students completing training just to earn hours to use towards the credential. 

Enrollment is Easy!


To start your journey, simply select the "Create Account" button on our home page to provide us with a little information about yourself. 

If you are certain of the program you want to register in and are able to pay upfront, simply select the course option you would like when you return to the home page. 

If you would like more information before you move forward, or if you will be paying through monthly installments or scholarship, simply wait for a staff member to reach out to you via email within 48 hours. You will be able to communicate with a staff member directly to figure out the best option for you. 

Once you are enrolled in a program, we will be happy to order your textbooks on your behalf. A staff member will check with you to see how you will be getting your textbooks. 

Why Atlas?

With Atlas Training, you get the following benefits:

  • Qualified Instructor: A course instructor will provide ongoing feedback throughout the program and will be available to support you.
  • Group Learning: Our programs are organized into cohorts. You will be able to learn from other students' learning experiences as you participate in online discussions.
  • 100% Online: The program is fully online, and assignments for each module can be completed at any time during the month they are active (1 module per month).
  • Meaningful Field Experiences: Throughout the program, you will have opportunities to apply your learning to numerous scenarios that you may encounter in the field!
Learn more about Atlas Training by clicking on the ‘About Us’ link above. Once you are prepared to continue your path to earning your CDA, please follow this link to create your account:

Once you create your account, you will choose one endorsement area.

Available CDA Training Courses

To register and purchase your CDA Training Course (120+ hours of training), please click on the course title below.


This 120-hour CDA Training allows teachers and caregivers of infants and toddlers to learn about Child Growth and Development and Developmentally Appropriate Practices for children ages birth-5. Come learn with others who work with infants and toddlers and prepare to earn your CDA endorsement in Infant/Toddler Care.

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This 120-hour CDA Training allows preschool teachers to learn about Child Growth and Development and Developmentally Appropriate Practices for children ages birth-5. Come learn with others who work with children ages 3-5 and prepare to earn your CDA endorsement for work with Preschoolers.

This 120-hour CDA Training is designed for Family Child Care Providers who care for children. Participants learn about Child Growth and Development and Developmentally Appropriate Practices for children ages birth-5. Come learn with other Family Child Care Providers and prepare to earn your CDA endorsement for Family Child Care.