NICCM Program Options

National Administrators Credential (N.A.C.) $439  Provided by specialists who have successfully worked in the industry in which they provide training.  The NICCM NAC Credential gives an administrator the same type of credibility that being accredited gives a center.  Furthermore, it is a proven fact that credentialed professionals can command higher salaries.

NAC Renewal $109  We have many options to help you renew your NICCM NAC or convert your current non-NICCM credential.  Meeting the requirements for renewing your NICCM NAC is a simple process and carries no additional fee.

Texas Director Credential $439 A “user friendly” two-and-a-half-day option with unsurpassed management training and a competitive price.  NICCM’s Credential Program is an approved Texas Director Credential. 

Florida Director Credential $439  Call  602-476-1422 for more information on how NICCM's NAC can help you earn your Florida Director's Credential. NOW APPROVED by the TEACH Scholarship!

Utah Approved Educational Credential $439 The NICCM NAC is now accepted as a valid "Educational Credential" to meet the qualification for child care center directors.  The CDA earned from the CDA Fast Track course is also an approved Utah Educational Credential. 

Distance Learning $489 Both the NICCM's NAC and the CDA Fast Track Course are available as a convenient and flexible distance/home-based program. Distance Learning Courses are available through our innovative video based web version.  Earn or renew your credential from home.

3-Day CDA Fast Track $439 NICCM’s program will get participants CDA ready in as few as 3 days.  Think this is impossible?  Hundreds of participants have already accomplished this with our program.  Our CDA specialist will walk you through the entire process in ONLY 3 days.  (Also available as a distance program)

Raising the Bar - Staff Training Event $109 This exciting, energetic, and fun packed day will motivate your staff. This inspiring one day event will be a great time for team building for your staff while allowing them to earn up to 10 hours/1 CEU of training. Group Pricing is available! 

Leadership Retreat $109 Experience a more intimate and elite one day Leadership Retreat with Bradley Smith. Receive 10 hours/1 CEU of training. Combine with the Raising the Bar - Staff Training for a 2 day event worth 20 hours/2 CEUs.

*NICCM's Raising the Bar Conference or NICCM's Leadership Retreat  are great options for CDA Renewal, Florida Staff Credential Renewal, NAC Renewal, or Florida Director Credential Renewal.

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Distance Learning Program - CDA Fast Track

CDA Fast Track

Distance Learning Program

BRAND NEW 9/18 Web-Based Version! 

NICCM CDA Fast Track is also available as a video web-based distance option.  Do our Fast Track on your schedule.  Here is how it works:  Shortly after you register you will receive your materials, which will include an instructional/course manual, the “CDA National Credentialing Program and Competency Standards” booklet, online access to pre-recordings of course sessions, and the contact information of your instructor.

The course materials will outline a strategy for you to follow to complete the NICCM CDA Fast Track course.

You will be linked directly to your instructor who is a REAL person. They will be available through email or phone to help if you have questions.

At NICCM and HandPrint, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals and dreams AND we have developed FAST TRACK methods to help you do this. 

Having and maintaining a National CDA is more important to the success of your career than ever before.  Now there is an option in which you can literally get this accomplished over a week-end.


Course Content 

Class A:   (4 Contact Hours/.4 CEUs)

Introduction to the CDA and the NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast Track

Unit 1:   Documenting training hours by CDA training topics
Keys to Writing CDA Competency Statement
CDA Competency Statement 1:  Planning a safe and healthy learning environment

       Unit 2:   Competency Statement 2:  Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development

 Unit 3:   Competency Statement 3:  Supporting children’s social and emotional development

Class B:   (4 Contact Hours/.4 CEUs)  

        Unit 4:   Competency Statement 4:  Establishing positive and productive relationships with families

        Unit 5:    Competency Statement 5:  Ensuring a well-run purposeful program

        Unit 6:    Competency Statement 6:  Maintaining a commitment to professionalism

Class C:  (14 Hours/1.4 CEU's will be awarded for sessions C & E upon completion of the course)

Directed        Directed Portfolio Lab:  The Directed Portfolio Lab allows for individual consultation & one-on-one time with the presenter.  Participants will work on their portfolio and meet with the presenter to discuss their statements and the documentation within their professional portfolio.

Class D:  (4 Contact Hours/.4 CEUs)

        Unit 7:    The Professional Philosophy Statement
                        Developing a professional philosophy statement
                        Summarizing your professional beliefs about early education
                        Continued individual consultations

Class E: (14 Hours/1.4 CEU's will be awarded for sessions C & E upon completion of the course)

Directed        Directed Portfolio Lab:  The Directed Portfolio Lab allows for individual consultation & one-on-one time with the presenter.  Participants will work on their portfolio and meet with the presenter to discuss their statements and the documentation within their professional portfolio.

Class F:   (4 Contact Hours/.4 CEUs)

        Unit 8:    CDA Practice Exam
                       Understanding the Verification Visit
                       Instructions on completing the process
                       The Application Process
                       Choosing your PD Specialist
                       Finding a Pearson Vue testing site 
Distance Learning Program (Get the entire course online)    
Distance Learning Program (Entire Course)    $489.00


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Other Information

The basic components to a National CDA include the following: 

(These are NOT required before begining the NICCM CDA Fast Track Course)

1.  Writing a "Professional Portfolio":  The NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast Track Introduces you to the National CDA Program, helps you prepare of your Professional Portfolio including writing a the competency statements, gathering resources and writing a Professional Philosophy statement.  

2. 120 contact hours of training in specific content areas: This may have been received over your entire career.  NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast Track participants will bring all training certificates, session descriptions, college transcripts or course work that they have completed to the class. The program will include an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation with the presenter to help you structure any previous training into the correct content areas.  The instructor will also provide you with a training plan to expedite the completion of any hours that you may have a shortage in.

3.  The P.D. (Professional Development) Specialist: After you have completed the Professional Porftolio and the training hours summary, you will send your application and a fee of $425 to the Council for Professional Recognition.   You will choose a PD Specialist and arrange a site visit at your center.   The NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast Track program will prepare you for this process and provide a step-by-step foundation for your PD Specialist site visit.

Step 4:  The Pearson Vue Exam:   The Pearson Vue Exam is the final step in the National CDA process.  This computer based exam will be an overview of the CDA standards.  The NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast Track will prepare you for this test and provide you with instructions on choosing a testing site in your area.

Additional Components Necessary:  Participants must also have a vailid high school diploma or GED and have worked or volunterred 480 hours in the early education field.  In addition, family questionnaires must be distrubuted and collected.  The NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast track will provide a structure for satisfying and documenting these requirements. 


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HandPrint Products

HandPrint Products  was formed by Bradley Smith to handle his growing line of products that had been created as a support Director's and Teachers in the Early Childhood Education field. Currently HandPrint Products has a child care training video(DVD) series consisting of 50 titles, a policy and procedure system consisting of 7 manuals, books and other products including his top selling “101 Learning and Transition Activities” book.

Consulting Services

During the past decade, Bradley Smith has lead HandPrint Productions to become the leader in consulting of childcare business practices.  This includes: fiscal management, enrollment management, marketing, human resource, small business issues, and leadership.  In addition, the services include help with specific issues concerning handling sensitive issues to avoid fall-out or minimize the likelihood of litigation.  Currently, consulting services are available including: on demand, monthly access, 30 day, long distance, on-site, and extended services.  In addition, career and business coaching and mentoring services are also available.  Contact us for more information or to schedule a consult.  We guarantee your satisfaction!

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