Credentials

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The US Nanny Association is committed to elevating the nanny profession to mirror other professional trades and align with other childcare and child education opportunities. US Nanny Association credentials recognize quality training and work experience for an agile, 21st-century workforce. 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 three (3) credential programs:

  • Nanny and Childcare Provider (NCP) Certification

  • Newborn and Infant Care Professional (NICP) Certification

  • Professional Nanny and Childcare Provider Credential (PNCP) Certification

The US Nanny Association does not conduct background checks or employment assessments. The US Nanny Association reviews submitted documentation for training, education and work experience. The US Nanny Association cannot verify the quality or completeness of training or work experience conducted outside the US Nanny Association.

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Why Get a US Nanny Association Credential?

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.

  • Qualify for jobs and work with agencies that require childcare credentials. While credentials are not required to be a Nanny, it is becoming more common to mirror the requirements of daycare workers and early childhood education teachers.

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

  • Earn a prestigious designation that provides an unprejudiced assessment of your childcare knowledge. Let’s be honest, it takes time and effort to earn a US Nanny Association credential.

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

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"Investing in specialized nanny training and the US Nanny Association credential differentiates me, a professional nanny, from casual babysitters"

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How is the US Nanny Association Credential Different?

US Nanny Association certifications have 6 requirements for the Nanny and Childcare Provider (NCP), Newborn and Infant Care Professional (NCIP)  and Professional Nanny and Childcare Provider Credentials:

  • Must be at least 18 years old (NCP) or 21 years old (NICP and PNCP)

  • Must show proof of a high school diploma, general education diploma (GED) or equivalent secondary education

  • Must show proof of current CPR and First Aid certification (adult and child)

  • Must show proof of childcare training from a reputable training organization, a professional trade school or college

  • Must show proof of childcare work experience (at least 1 year for NCP, 2 years for NICP and 3 years for PNCP)

Nanny and Childcare Provider (NCP) Requirements:

  • At least 18 years old

  • High school diploma or GED

  • CPR and First Aid certification

  • 20 clock hours or 3 credit hours of childcare training from any reputable training organization

  • 2000 hours (1 year) of childcare work experience

  • Pay credential fee

  • Pass NCP proficiency exam based on National Standards

Newborn and Infant Care Professional (NICP) Requirements:

  • At least 21 years old

  • High school diploma or GED

  • CPR and First Aid certification

  • 20 clock hours or 3 credit hours of newborn and infant training from any reputable training organization

  • 4000 hours (2 years) of newborn and infant work experience

  • Pay credential fee

  • Pass NICP proficiency exam based on National Standards

Professional Nanny and Childcare Provider (PNCP) Requirements:

  • At least 21 years old

  • High school diploma or GED

  • CPR and First Aid certification

  • 50 clock hours or 6 credit hours of childcare training from a trade school, college or university

  • 6000 hours (3 years) of childcare work experience

  • Pay credential fee

  • Pass PNCP proficiency exam based on National Standards

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 at least age 18 through 21 in order to complete the required 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. Childcare experience includes working as a babysitter, nanny, daycare worker, teacher, pediatric nurse, summer camp counselor and other child centric positions. To qualify as newborn and infant work experience, the child must be between 0 and 12 months old. Caring for siblings, family members, dependents, and/or childcare experience when the applicant was less than 16 years old does not qualify.




What if I worked for a family off the books (undocumented)?


While the US Nanny Association encourages legal employment, it is common in the US for childcare providers to be paid in cash and not declared as domestic employees. If paystubs and/or W2 documents are not available, a verification form can be provided to current and formers employers who can complete and sign the form, attesting to an applicant’s work experience.




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. In the work experience form, you will provide information about the employer, dates, location, job title, type of childcare, hours worked, address, and contact information. Verification of employment can be provided by submitting a paystub or W2. If these documents are not available, the employer can complete and sign a verification form.




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. A reputable training organization is defined as one that provides a certificate of attendance, transcript, diploma or certificate 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.




What education and training documentation is required?


To document a high school diploma, general education diploma (GED) or equivalent secondary education, submit a copy of your high school diploma, GED or equivalent. International high school equivalent (secondary) education is accepted but must be submitted in its original form and translated into English. To document training for the NCP, NICP and continuing education requirement, 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. To document training for the PNCP requirements, submit a transcript from a post-secondary institution (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).




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 in order and comes with a study guide that can be downloaded and filled out as you take the course. The course and study guide can be used to prepare for the proficiency exam.




Is financial aid available?


No but the US Nanny Association offers some scholarships to members and scholarships may pay for the review courses and credential fees. Many private organizations and individuals including nanny agencies, family-employers, industry leaders, and childcare business offer scholarships and financial aid.




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 receiving the exam link, you will have up to 3 weeks to compete the exam. The exams are online and are digitally monitored. The NCP and NICP credential exam has 100 multiple choice questions and you have two (2) hours to complete the exam. The PNCP credential exam has 200 multiple choice questions. You have four (4) hours to complete the exam. All exams require at least 80% to pass.




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 NCP, NICP 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 NCP, NICP 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 NCP 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 NCP, NICP and continuing education, the PNCP credential is designed to ensure higher 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 completed training 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 information as well as the organization providing the training to confirm the college or trade school complies with the US Department of Education standards (or international equivalent).




Can I see example exam questions?


Yes. The credential program includes a practice exam. The NCP and NICP practice exam have 25 questions and the PNCP practice exam has 50 questions. Here are some example NCP questions.

  1. 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?
    • Etiquette
    • Authenticity
    • Humility
    • Integrity

  1. 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?
    • Patience
    • Perseverance
    • Role model
    • Forgiveness

Here are some example NICP questions.

  1. What are the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations regarding breast feeding?
  • Continued breastfeeding for 18+ months
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months
  • Breast and formula feed for 3 months
  • Formula feed after 12 months
  1. What is the hive-like rash made up of red blotches with pale or yellowish bumps on the baby’s skin?
  • Erythema toxicum
  • Vernix
  • Pustular melanosis
  • Lanugo

Here are some example PNCP questions.
  1. 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?
  • Analytical
  • Intuitive
  • Functional
  • Personal

  1. 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 there any discounts?


Yes. If you are an organization, agency, nanny 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.




If I take the US Nanny review course, am I guaranteed to pass the exam?


No. While the review course will provide training on the national standards, completing the review course does not guarantee a passing grade on the proficiency exam.





Credential Process

Step by Step Guide

There are several requirements to earn a US Nanny Association credential and this step by step guide will answer your questions. Download the step by step guide for detailed information on each step and use the checklist to track your progress.

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

Before signing up for a credential:

1. Review the US Nanny Association Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and Application and Enrollment Agreement.

 

2. Make sure you have a legal identification from any country (passport, driver's license, state identification card) that has a photo, your legal name and birthday. You must be at least 18 years old for the NCP and 21 years old for NICP and PNCP credential.

3. Find your high school diploma, general education diploma (GED) or equivalent and if needed have it translated into English. A college, university or other post-secondary transcript is also acceptable.

 

4. Complete a course or find your current CPR and First Aid certification for adults and children.

5. Confirm you have completed the education requirements. For NCP and NICP, you must have completed at least 20 clock hours or 3 credit hours of documented childcare and/or newborn and infant training from any reputable training organization. For PNCP, you must 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.

6. Review the national standards  and decide if you want to invest in the optional review course. Review course fees are non-refundable.

7. Complete the work experience requirement documentation. 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. Newborn and infant experience is from birth to 12 months old. Caring for siblings, family members, dependents, unpaid volunteer work, and/or childcare experience when the applicant was less than 16 years old does not qualify.The US Nanny Association may contact employers to confirm employment.

 

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8. Sign up and pay the $299 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.

9. Complete the online application, submitting all the forms and documentation required. Applicants may be randomly selected for an audit. US Nanny Association conducts application audits to confirm the experience and education documented on credential applications. Audits may include contacting employers and educational institutions to confirm provided documentation. The purpose of the audit it to ensure the credibility of the credential program and of the credential holders

10. 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.

11. Complete the NCP, NICP or PNCP practice exam. The credential process includes 25 practice questions for the NCP and NICP exam and 50 practice questions for the PNCP exam.

12. 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 to complete the online, multiple choice exam. The exam has a virtual proctor so you need a computer with a camera. The exam requires at least 80% to pass. Applicants get two (2) attempts to pass the exam.

13. Gain Credential. Applicants who complete all credential requirements and pass the exam are notified by email and can immediately download their credentials. If you reside in the United States, a printed copy of your certification will be mailed to the address listed in your student account.

14. Decide if you want your name added to the credential website (webpage is currently under construction).

15. 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 $199​.

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