US Nanny Association

The US Nanny Association strives to advance nanny skills and elevate the profession of childcare with nationally recognized standards, credentials, resources, professional development, events, and networking opportunities.

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Credentials

Being a Nanny is a real job with a career path based on standards that are demonstrated by credentials. While there are no laws requiring nanny credentials in the United States, industry credentials recognize quality training and work experience. Like teachers, nurses, and social workers, earning credentials demonstrates a commitment to quality with a focus on the skills needed to succeed in childcare.

The US Nanny Association offers the Basic Nanny and Childcare Provider (BNCP) and Professional Nanny and Childcare Provider Credential (PNCP) to recognize childcare knowledge, competency, and experience.

"For my generation, a real job is developing the right skills to get compensated for work that sustains my healthy, happy lifestyle. "

Why Get Credentials?

Why should you invest the time, money and effort to earn a Credential from the US Nanny Association?

  • Demonstrate to employers, clients, and colleagues that you are a nanny who possesses childcare knowledge, experience, and skills that enable you to provide higher quality care.

  • Be recognized for your investment in continuing education to stay current on changes and advancements in childcare and early childhood education.

  • Elevate your candidacy in competitive job markets with a respected credential based on National Standards.

  • Qualify for jobs and work with agencies that require childcare credentials. While credentials are not required to be a Nanny, it’s becoming more common to mirror the requirements of daycare workers and early childhood education teachers. Top agencies and families who are willing to pay more for quality childcare are looking for credentials.

  • Feel good about yourself by earning a prestigious designation that provides an unprejudiced endorsement of your childcare career. Let’s be honest, it’s not easy to earn a US Nanny Association credential.

  • Validate your dedication to childcare. Childcare has a high turnover rate which means nannies are regularly entering and departing the industry. The commitment needed to meet the credentialing requirements illustrates a dedication to childcare.

Basic Nanny and Childcare Provider (BNCP)

  • Be at least 18 years old and have a government identification from any recognized country that includes your name, photo, and birthdate.

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

  • Have completed at least 20 clock hours or 5 credit hours of documented childcare and/or early childhood education training.

  • Have at least 2,000 hours (1 year) of documented, paid childcare experience.

  • Optional - Take the US Nanny Association BNCP Review Class (online, 6.5 clock hours, $75). If you complete the course in its entirety, you will get a certification of completion that can be used towards the BNCP or continuing education training requirement.

  • Pay the $145 Credential fee. Credential fees are non-refundable.

  • Pass the BNCP proficiency exam. The BNCP proficiency exam has 100 multiple choice questions based on the National Nanny Standards (Basic). You get two (2) attempts to pass the exam.

Professional Nanny and Childcare Provider (PNCP)

  • Be at least 21 years old and have a government identification from any recognized country that includes your name, photo, and birthdate.

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

  • Have earned a secondary degree (high school diploma, general education diploma (GED), or equivalent). You will have to submit a copy of the diploma or transcripts. International education is accepted but must be submitted in its original form and translated into English.

  • Have completed at least 50 clock hours or 10 credit hours of post-secondary training focused on nanny, childcare and/or early childhood education. Post-secondary institutions include community colleges, trade schools, and universities licensed by the US Department of Education or accredited by an agency approved by the US Department of Education.

  • Have at least 6,000 hours (3 years) of documented, paid childcare experience.

  • Optional - Take the US Nanny Association PNCP Review Class (online, 13.5 clock hours, $145). If you complete the course in its entirety, you will get a certification of completion that can be used towards the BNCP or continuing education training requirement.

  • Pay the $295 Credential fee.​​ If you have a current BNCP Credential, the PNPC upgrade fee is $145. Credential fees are non-refundable.

  • Pass the PNCP proficiency exam. The PNCP proficiency exam has 200 multiple choice questions and is based on the National Nanny Standards (Basic and Professional). You get two (2) attempts to pass the exam.

Credential Process

Nannies and childcare providers can earn the BNCP and PNCP credential, which are valid for three years. The application process requires several steps and is designed to ensure the integrity of the process and genuinely elevate those who earn US Nanny Association credentials.

1. Applicants must review and agree to the US Nanny Association Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

 

2. Before signing up, confirm you have completed all the training and work requirements. Find and/or complete all the required documents.

 

3. Before signing up, prepare for the proficiency exam by reviewing the national standards. Decide if you want to invest in the optional review course.

4. Sign up and pay the Credential fee. When you start an application, it will remain active for 90 days. All steps to earn the credential must be completed within these 90 days. The US Nanny Association does not issue refunds for incomplete or closed applications. The US Nanny Association does not issue refunds to applicants who do not meet the criteria or who do not pass the proficiency exam.

5. Complete the online application, submitting all the forms and documentation required.

6. Submit the application for review. The US Nanny Association will verify that the application meets the eligibility criteria and that the experience and education are valid. If the US Nanny Association has any questions about an application, the staff will email the applicant with further instructions and/or directions.

7. Complete the BNCP or PNCP practice exam. The credential process includes 25 practice questions for the BNCP exam and 50 practice questions for the PNCP exam.

8. Take the proficiency exam. When an application is approved, applicants will receive emailed instructions and link to a single-use, online proficiency exam. Applicants have three (3) weeks tocomplete the exam. The exam has a virtual proctor and requires at least 80% to pass. Applicants get two (2) attempts to pass the exam.

Applicants will receive their exam results within 5-10 business days.

9. Gain Credential. Applicants who complete all credential requirements and pass the exam are notified by email and can immediately download their credentials.

10. Maintain Credential. Credentials are good for three (3) years. At 3 years, to maintain the credential, you will need to submit a current CPR and First Aid certification, 20 clock hours or 5 credit hours of continuing education training from any reputable training organization and pay a renewal fee of $75​.

Resources for Credential Applicants

To help applicants successfully navigate the credential process, a step-by-step guide can be downloaded as well as a copy of the latest National Standards and the work experience verification form.

Group Discounts are Available

If you are an organization, agency, group or business seeking to invest in more than 5 review classes and/or credentials, you may be eligible for a discounted group rate. Contact info@usnanny.org for additional information.

Introduction to US Nanny Association and Overview of the Credential Programs

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