Certified Newborn


 Certified Newborn & Infant Care

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

Certified Newborn and Infant Care Requirements

Here are the requirements to earn the NICP certification:


General Education

Must be at least 21 years old, have a legal government identification (from any country) and have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent (from any country).


CPR and First Aid

Must have current (not expired) CPR and First Aid training and documented certification from a reputable training organization.


Newborn Care Training

Must have at least 20 clock hours or 3 credit hours of newborn and infant training from a reputable training organization​.


Newborn Care Work Experience

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


Newborn Proficiency Test

Must pass the NICP proficiency exam with an 80%. The NICP proficiency exam has 100 multiple choice questions based on the National Nanny Standards. You get two (2) attempts to pass the exam.


Background Check

Submit a background check processed by a reputable company within the past 12 months. Additional fees will apply if you need to run a background check.

Test Your Newborn and Infant Knowledge

To become a Certified Newborn and Infant Care Professional, you have to pass a proficiency exam based on the US Nanny Association National Nanny Standards. This video is a trivia game with quiz questions based on the Newborn and Infant standards and certification exam. The trivia game is available in English and Spanish.

What People Are Saying

I love that the US Nanny Association offers the newborn and infant care certification. I appreciate that the US Nanny Association allows me to choose the training program that best fits my schedule and budget.
Stephanie Felzenberg


$299 Certification Fee

US Nanny Association certification requires a non-refundable fee. This fee covers the cost for the secure online platform to upload and house the certification documents and the cost for online proctoring of the exam. The fee also provides for the time and cost of US Nanny Association administrators to read all submitted documents and exam results as well as make calls and inquiries as needed to confirm the certification requirements are met.

This fee does not include any childcare training, CPR and First Aid training or a background check. Training and background checks are paid separately and directly to businesses and organizations that provide those services.