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Community Development Authority (CDA) offers licensing for healthcare professionals in various fields. The following professional groups can benefit from this service:

  1. Social Worker:
    • Required Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
  2. Social Counsellor:
    • Required Qualification: Master’s degree in Counselling, Psychology, or Education with a specialization in Counselling.
  3. Social Therapist:
    • Qualifications:
      • Behavioral Analyst: MSC in Psychology or Education with Behavioral Analysis specialization.
      • Assistant Behavioral Analyst: BSC in Psychology, Education, or Nursing with Applied Behavioral Analysis program.
  4. Special Education:
    • Qualifications:
      • Special Education Teacher: Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a minimum of five years of experience in the field.
      • Learning Supportive Teacher: Bachelor’s degree in a related field with relevant experience.
      • Masters in Special Education with relevant experience.

All professional categories require at least one year of experience.

To obtain more detailed information and apply for the license, you can visit the Community Development Authority (CDA) website at

For job vacancy queries, you can check available jobs and apply through after obtaining the appropriate license.

Please note that the specific requirements and processes may change over time, so it’s essential to verify the latest information from the official sources provided

You may watch our video explaining about the transfer ,using the link given below

Steps of Application Process under CDA:

  • Process of Equalization:
  1. Equalization of Highest Academic Degree: If you hold a Master’s degree, you need to get it equalized by the Ministry of Education UAE (MOE). For Bachelor’s degree holders, the equalization is required for the bachelor’s degree. Check the MOE website for the application process and fees for equivalency certificates.
  2. Submitting Documents: Submit all required documents to the MOE for equivalency, including your thesis abstract for Master’s degree holders, higher secondary certificates, diploma or BSc certificates, and other relevant documents. The cost varies based on the type of certificate.
  • Primary Source Verification (PSV):
  1. Gather Required Documents: To apply for CDA, prepare the following documents:
    • Application form
    • Letter of authorization (filled out and signed)
    • Most recent resume
    • Copy of your highest academic degree and academic record
    • Transcript
    • Copy of professional license (if applicable)
    • Experience letters from the past three years
  2. Submitting Documents: Once you have received the result of your qualification equivalency and data flow report from the MOE, email all the required documents, including the positive data flow report, equivalency certificate, and any other necessary documents, to [email protected].
  • Exam Process in CDA:
  1. Exam Schedule: Exams are conducted every three months at a British University in Dubai.
  2. Exam Notification: A CDA licensing representative will inform you of the exam date and provide preparation materials.
  3. License Issuance: After passing the exam, you will be issued a CDA license. Remember to renew this license every two years, with the option to apply for renewal two months before it expires.

Please note that specific requirements and processes may change over time, so it’s essential to verify the latest information from the official CDA website or relevant authorities before proceeding with the application process.

If you’re tired of dealing with the application and exam booking process, don’t worry because Nursing Manthra is here to help you. We can assist you with filling out the application and navigating all the necessary steps. You can reach out to Nursing Manthra at any time for assistance.

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