Time to Renew Your Nanny, Newborn Care or Professional Nanny Certification?
Certified Nannies (NCP), Nanny Specialists (NS), Certified Newborn and Infant Care Professionals (NICP), Newborn and Infant Specialists (NIS) and Professional Nannies (PNCP) can maintain their credential by renewing every 3 years. Certifications expire on the 3 year anniversary of the issue date. You can renew anytime 12 months before and up to 12 months after the expiration date.
To renew your certification, you will need to submit a current CPR and First Aid certification, 20 clock hours or 5 credit hours of continuing education training, a background check and pay the renewal fee. If you hold a current credential, you do not have to retake the proficiency exam.
Before you sign up to renew your certification, read this guide!
Every certification has an issued date located in the middle of the page under the certification title and to the right of the Executive Director signature (see image below). The certification is valid for 3 years after the issue date. You can renew up to 12 months prior to the expiration date through 12 months after the expiration date. This policy provides you with a 2 year window to renew.
If more than 4 years has passed since the issue date of the certification, then you must complete the certification process again in its entirety. There are no exceptions or extensions to this policy.
You will need several documents to renew including:
1. Complete a CPR and First Aid certification course for adults and children. Make a digital copy of your certification. Many organizations including the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, local community colleges and others offer these courses. Expired certifications can not be accepted.
2. You must have completed at any time during the certification and/or within 12 months after expiration at least 20 clock hours or 3 credit hours of documented childcare and/or newborn and infant continuing education training from any reputable training organization. You cannot use the same training that was submitted to get the certification and the training must be dated after the issue date of the certification. The childcare training can be an industry conference including the annual Parent and Nanny Conference. Documentation must have the name of the school or conference, instructor and/or title of the class or program and duration of the class or program. The documentation must also have the name of the student, date of the course or program and current contact information (school address, phone number, email and website).
3. Background check. Complete a background check and get an official copy to submit with the application. Background checks must include name, address and driver’s license number for identity confirmation. The background check must also include federal/national criminal, state criminal and sex offender search as well as motor vehicle and any other relevant information. The background check company name and contact information must also be included. The background check is solely to ensure compliance with the US Nanny Association standards and is not a replacement for background checks to secure employment. You can complete a background check with any reputable agency or through our USNA-approved provider (we have negotiated a discount rate for our certification applicants).
Apply online, paying the $199 credential renewal fee. You will immediately get a receipt and you can log into your student account. Your username is your email address and you have the option to update your password, if needed.
All steps to renew the credential must be completed within 90 days. The US Nanny Association does not issue refunds for incomplete, expired, or applicants who do not meet the criteria to renew.
The certification fee covers the cost for the secure online platform to upload and house the certification documents and fees to create the certifications. The fee also provides for annual training for US Nanny Association to be administrators approved to review 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.
Log into your online account and complete the application form, uploading all the forms and documentation required. Files must be submitted digitally, and multiple files can be uploaded, if needed to meet a requirement. Digital files are accepted in the following formats: pdf. jpg, jpeg, png, doc, or docx. After uploading all the files to meet all the requirements, you will see a checklist. When you check each box and hit submit, the US Nanny Association will receive your application.
Administrators will then verify that the application and all submitted documents meet the eligibility criteria. Typically, the application review period takes 2 to 10 business days. If the US Nanny Association has any questions about an application, an administrator will email the applicant with further instructions.
Applicants may be randomly selected for an audit. US Nanny Association conducts 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.
When the required documents have been submitted, reviewed and approved, the US Nanny Association administrator will create and email a new certification. If you don’t hear from the credential administrator within 7 days of submitting your documents, you can follow up by contacting us at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions…
Do I have to be a US Nanny Association member to get a Certification?
No. US Nanny Association Member is highly encouraged but not required. However, Credential applicants must agree to follow the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
Do I have to be a US citizen or resident? Do I have to live in the US?
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 living in any part of the world.
What languages are available?
Whenever possible, the US Nanny Association provides content in English and Spanish. The nanny standards and certification exams are available in English and Spanish. The review classes are currently available in English only.
Will getting a US Nanny Association help me get a US work 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.
Is financial aid available? Are there any discounts?
No, there is no financial aid 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.
Yes, there are discounts. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
How do I enroll and submit all the documents?
You can enroll in a certification program by signing up online. When you sign up, you will immediately receive an email with a link to your private 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.