No. You can complete your education requirement at AU, but you will need to take your exam as part of the application process established by the Council for Professional Recognition, which is located at https://www.cdacouncil.org. The PD Specialist you choose will help you through the process of scheduling your exam. You can search for a PD Specialist on the Council for Professional Recognition site: www.cdacouncil.org. You can find more information in your CDA® Competency Standards book (Infant-Toddler, p. 21; Preschool and Family Child Care, p. 20).