Newborn Specialist


Newborn and Infant Specialist

The Newborn and Infant Specialist (NIS) credential is designed for childcare providers that do not have a high school diploma but have invested in newborn training and have newborn care work experience.
Except for the high school diploma, Newborn and Infant Specialist (NIS) meet all the requirements of the Certified Newborn and Infant Professional program. Instead of a high school diploma, applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation.

Newborn and Infant Specialist Requirements

Here are the requirements to earn the NIS credential


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.​


General Education

Must be at least 21 years old, have a legal government identification (from any country) and have 3 letters of recommendations from employers that include their contact information.


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 working with newborns and infants! The US Nanny Association credential creates trust with staffing agencies and employers so I can be a mentor to new parents and other nannies.
Charlotte Myers


$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.