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 valid form of identification issued by a state or national government which includes your legal name, photo, and birthdate.
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 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 valid form of identification issued by a state or national government which includes your legal 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 6 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.
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.
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 for additional information.
Introduction to US Nanny Association and Overview of the Credential Programs
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a US Nanny member to earn a Credential?
No. US Nanny Association Member is encouraged but not required. However, Credential applicants must agree to follow the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
Do I have to be a United States citizen or resident?
No. Our Association is named the US Nanny Association to communicate a commitment to US laws and customs. The US Nanny Association welcomes all persons who embrace the mission and values.
Why are there minimum age requirements?
In the United States, the legal age to work part-time is age 16 and the legal age to work full-time is age 18. Although exceptions exist, these age-work requirements mean applicants should be aged 18 and 21, in order to complete the required 1 and 3 years of paid childcare experience. Age and maturity are also factors that differentiate supervisory babysitting from nanny work.
Can the CPR and First Aid certification be expired?
No. All credential applicants must have current certification in adult and child cpr and first aid from a reputable training organization. First Aid and CPR classes are available in local communities and online.
How do I submit the required documents?
When you sign up, you will immediately recieve a link to a private student account. Check your spam or junk folder if you don't see the email in your inbox. After signing in, you will link to the instructions and location to upload files. Files must be submitted digitally and are accepted in the following formats: pdf. jpg, jpeg, png, doc, or docx.
What qualifies as childcare work experience?
To qualify as childcare work experience, a paid position must include direct supervisory responsibility to care for at least one child between the ages of 0 and 13 and/or up to age 18 if the child has been diagnosed as special needs.
What if I worked for a family off the books (undocumented)?
While the US Nanny Association encourages legal employment, it's common in the US for childcare providers to be paid in cash and not declared as domestic employees.
What work experience documentation is required?
To communicate paid childcare work experience, you will complete a work experience form and provide a form of verification.
What qualifies as childcare training?
Childcare and early childhood education is a very broad category and you are empowered to choose any reputable training course or program. The National Standards provide insights on the skills and knowledge needed to pass the proficiency exams.
What education and training documentation is required?
To document training for the BNCP and continuing education requirements, submit a certificate of attendance that includes the applicant’s name, date of training, title of the training program or course, and number of hours or credit hours of training completed.
Is the US Nanny review course required?
No, the US Nanny review course is an optional resource. The review course is a recorded presentation that can viewed online and on-demand using a computer or smartphone. The course reviews every standard. The course comes with a study guide that can be downloaded and filled out as you take the course and used to prepare for the proficiency exam.
Is financial aid available?
The US Nanny Association allocates a portion of the individual membership fees to scholarships that pay for the review courses and credential fees. These scholarships are granted to selected US Nanny Association members.
How much time is allowed to take the exams?
When your application has been reviewed and approved, you will receive a link to take the exam. The link will be single use and private to your account. Upon receive the exam link, you will have up to 3 weeks to compete the exam. The exams are online and are digitally monitored.
What training program or classes should I sign up and take?
We recommend one of our organization partners but you can choose your training based on your goals, skills and interest. Any reputable organization that issues a certificate of completion will count toward the BNCP and continuing education requirements. The PNCP training requires an official trade school, college, or university transcript.
Will a Credential help me get a US visa?
No. US Nanny Association membership and/or earning a BNCP or PNCP Credential will in no way help individuals obtain a visa to the US or any other country nor will it help companies gain a visa or immigration for their nannies to another country.
How is the exam proctored?
The exam is proctored virtually. You can take the exam when you are ready, in your home. Your computer camera will be activated and the session will be recorded.
Do parenting and foster classes count for training?
Yes, the BNCP and continuing education programs recognize any reputable child-related training program.
Are the National Standards, Review Courses and Exams available in other languages?
Not yet but we plan to invest in translations as soon as resources are available or we get a sufficient number of qualified volunteers.
Why does the PNCP credential require college classes?
While any reputable training that issues a certificate of completion is accepted for BNCP and continuing education, the PNCP credenital is designed to ensure high quality training and requires a college transcript. Community colleges and trade schools are an affordable and flexible option for this training.
Investing in post-secondary (college) classes confirms the candidate completes training that is taught by approved and credentialed faculty and is part of an approved childcare curriculum. College classes also require a performance metric to ensure the student comprehends the material. Transcripts communicate this informaton as well as the organizaton providing the training to confirm the college complies with the US Department of Education standards.
Can I see example exam questions?
Yes. The credential program includes a practice exam with the BNCP practice including 25 questions and the PNCP practice has 50 questions.
- Conforming to conventional expectations of social behavior by not texting and driving, making eye contact when speaking with another person, and wearing appropriate clothes to work is demonstrating which of the following professionalism traits?
- Smiling and saying thank you to the checkout clerk, not swearing at the driver who cut you off, and putting aside your phone when talking with others is demonstrating which professionalism trait?
- Role model
- Amanda is a nanny for 6-year-old Connor. When communicating with Connor, Amanda likes to share details, timelines and communicates well thought-out plans in a step by step manner. What type of communication style is Amanda using?
- Lori failed to properly secure her 3-year-old charge in the back of the car for a quick trip to the corner store. Lori’s car was hit by another car, the accident was not Lori’s fault, and the child was injured. The parents are suing Lori for negligence. Do they have a basis for this lawsuit?
- No, because Lori was not at fault for the accident
- Yes, because Lori did not use the ordinary standard of care, as standard care requires the proper use of a car seat
- No, because the child is over the age of 2 and a car seat or restraint is not required
- No, because they hired Lori to care for their child and therefore trusted her judgement
Are you fluent in English and another language? Are you willing to volunteer your time to get the National Standards and Review Courses translated? If so, contact us.