Certified Professional Nanny

The Professional Nanny and Childcare Provider (PNCP) Certification is designed for nannies seeking a career in childcare and commit exclusively to a full-time position with a high net worth family, a nanny share or be employed as a supervisor in a child-centric business.
Certified Professional Nannies are attractive to nanny agencies as they meet the job requirements and have the specialized training desired by high net worth families and employers.

Certified Professional Nanny Requirements

Here are the requirements to earn the PNCP 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.


Childcare Training

Must have at least 50 clock hours or 6 credit hours of childcare or early childhood education training from a professional trade school, college or university.


Nanny Work Experience

Must have at least 6,000 hours (3 years) of documented, paid childcare experience. Documentation includes a pay stub or submitting a form completed by an employer.​


Nanny Proficiency Test

Must pass the PNCP proficiency exam with an 80%. The NCP proficiency exam has 200 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 Professional Nanny Knowledge

To become a Certified Professional Nanny, 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 Professional Nanny standards and certification exam. The trivia game is available in English and Spanish.
Investing in specialized nanny training and the US Nanny Association’s Professional Nanny Certification differentiates me, a professional nanny, from others. This is really helpful when I apply to positions with ultra high net worth or high profile families. These parents often have higher education and work experience requirements.
Buffi Gentry


$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.

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Optional PNCP Review Class

The US Nanny Association has high standards and expectations but also supports nannies for success.

The PNCP certification has an optional PNCP review class (currently in English only). The PNCP review class is online with 24/7 access, takes 13.5 clock hours to complete and costs $299. The review course fee is an additional cost to the certification fee.

If you complete the course in its entirety, you will get a certification of attendance that can be used towards the NCP or continuing education training requirement (not PNCP training). Registration and attendance of this review course does not in any way guarantee that a candidate will pass the exam. This course is NOT required. Review course fees are non-refundable.