Preparing to Apply

Please read this information before you begin to work on your VA-ECAP application

  1. This application must be completed online, in one sitting!
  2. You will need approximately 20-30 minutes to complete this application.
  3. Application can be completed using a desktop, laptop, or a handheld device provided you have the capacity to upload relevant required documents.
  4. Check your browser setting to ensure that you will not be timed-out while completing this application.
  5. Attachment file size limitation is 5 Mb.
  6. Ensure you meet the application submission deadline.
  7. Ensure you meet all application and course requirements.


Be sure you have the following information when completing the application

Printable Checklist

Required Information:

  • Valid email address.
  • Name and address of the early childhood program where you are currently employed or to which you will have access while enrolled in the VA-ECAP Credential Program.
  • Early Childhood Program Accessibility Verification Letter from the program administrator (in PDF/WORD format) if not currently employed at an early childhood program.
  • Employment Verification letter from a supervisor(s)/former supervisor(s) (in PDF/WORD format) to document your total years of experience as an administrator.
  • Copy of official transcript(s) (translated and evaluated, if applicable) in PDF format. For Tier II applicants must submit a copy of their valid CDA Credential in PDF format. Expired CDA Credentials will not be accepted.
  • Credit card information for $15.00 non-refundable application fee.
    Please Note: Applicants have the option of mailing a check, however application processing time may be delayed. If you pay by check, please be sure to submit your application online and follow instructions in the email which you will receive after submitting your application. Envelope must be postmarked by the application deadline date.

Optional Information:

  • Early childhood program license expiration date
  • Ages served at the early childhood program where employed or you will have access to while enrolled in the courses
  • Early childhood program type (nonprofit, forā€profit, faith-based, Head Start, etc.)
  • Resume

If you have questions before or during the application process, contact us via email at or by phone 1.866.584.2900 M-F 9-5:30 PM Eastern Time.