Newborn and Infant Care

The Newborn and Infant Care Professional (NICP) Certification is designed for preemies, newborns and infants to 12 months old. Newborn care specialists help families learn best practices and establish schedules. Many Newborn Care Specialists work overnight and/or as consultants to assist new parents. 

Newborn and Infant Care Professional (NICP) Requirements

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Why get a Credential? Here are the requirements to earn the NICP Certification:

  • Be at least 21 years old and have a valid form of identification issued by a state or national government which includes your legal name, photo, and birthday​

  • Have earned a high school diploma, general education diploma (GED) or equivalent secondary education

  • Have current adult and child CPR and First Aid training and certification.

  • Have completed at least 20 clock hours or 3 credit hours of documented newborn, infant and/or childcare education training from any reputable training organization

  • Have at least 4,000 hours (2 years) of documented, paid newborn and infant childcare experience.​ Documentation includes a pay stub or submitting a form completed by an employer.

  • Pay the $299 Credential fee.​​ Credential fees are non-refundable

  • Pass the NICP proficiency exam. The NICP proficiency exam has 100 multiple choice questions and is based on the National Nanny Standards (Nanny and Newborn and Infant). You get two (2) attempts to pass the exam.

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