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The NCSA is a worldwide association dedicated to the professional Newborn Care Specialist.
Certification Requirements
To become certified by the NCSA, you must fulfill certain requirements.
Certification Application
Certification through NCSA will signify you’re highly skilled, appropriately educated and uphold a respected level of professionalism.
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NCSA Requirements

Renew your certification please go to this page You need to recertify If your certification is over 2 years for those with full certification or over 1 year for those with English Nanny/Governess School or Northwest Nanny.

 

 

THE NCSA OFFERS 2 TYPES OF CERTIFICATION:

 

1. NEWBORN CARE SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION: $25

a. BASIC Certification - This is a certification for people who have completed the course and/or passed the NCSA test and have 1800- 2499 hours and 1 year of experience. (see below)

b. ADVANCE Certification - This is a certificate for people who have taken the course and/or passed the test or tested out and have more than 2500 hours and more than 2 years of experience. (see below)

2. SLEEP TRAINING CERTIFICATION:

BASIC: Infant Sleep Consultant CISC $50

  1. Minimum of  2000  hours of sleep training experience can be used on newborn - 6 months.
  2. Must have used other methods than cry it out.  Must name 2 other methods they have used successfully.
  3. Must have a NCSA Certificate.
  4. Must have read at least 3 sleep training books.  One on line course or in person training will count as one book.
  5. Must have done 5 client consultations successfully without actually going in to train the baby to sleep.  Can be over the phone or email or Skype type consultations,
  6. Must provide at least 10 Testimonials/ References  from families that the candidate have  provided the services.
  7. NOTE: Once you apply for the the Sleep Training Certificate - you must submit all of your required materials within 30 days to be valid. After 30 days of non submittal you forfeit your payment and must re pay in order to submit.

 

ADVANCED "Infant Sleep Consultant, CAISC -$75

  1. 4999+  hours of sleep training experience can be used on newborn – 18 months
  2. Must have used other methods than cry it out.  Must name 2 other methods they have used successfully.
  3. Must have an  Advance NCSA Certificate
  4. Must have read at least 5 sleep training books.  Taken at least one on line course or in person training.
  5. Must have done 10 client consultations successfully without actually going in to train the baby to sleep.  Can be over the phone or email or Skype type consultations
  6. Must provide at least 15 Testimonials/ References  from families that the candidate have  provided the services ( they could include the first 10 they used previously for the basic certificate and add 5 more)
  7. NOTE: Once you apply for the the Sleep Training Certificate - you must submit all of your required materials within 30 days to be valid. After 30 days of non submittal you forfeit your payment and must re pay in order to submit.
Certificates
 

As of February 1, 2012 we are certifying NCS's with between 1800- 2499 hours of in-home (client's home) experience with newborns 0-3 mo old and one years experience. You may use 8 hours per day on the job to count toward your hours. If you work a 24/7 job you will be allowed only 8 hours per day of that 24 hours to count toward your 1800 hours. However, hours spent working in a NICU and/or a day care center (if you are working with 0 - 12 weeks only) may count with a maximum of 1300 NCS hours. You will need the additional 500 hours in a private setting to reach your 1800 hour goal. Hours can be completed any time of day or night. Once you fill out the application you will have 30 days to complete your requirements.

 This information is verified by your resume.  We require you to submit a resume in the following format for each job in the last 2 years:

Client's name, phone number
Dates worked
Short Description of job i.e.: twins, single, preemie, reflux, sleep training etc.

Your resume will be checked.  We will call your references.  If you worked for an agency we will need a letter of verification from them. 

To become a Certified by the NCSA, you must fulfill the following requirements:

Please click here to download a checklist in the order in which you should do these requirements

  1. Pay a total of $50 to the NCSA. $25 for the test (if you took an approved course)and $25 for the 2 year membership
  2. Complete and submit the NCSA’s Certification Application.
  3. Complete a course approved by the NCSA. (You can choose to skip #2 if you have a minimum of 1800 hours or 45 weeks over the last 2 years of newborn experience and wish to “test out” of the course.) If you fail the test, you would be required to take an approved course to become certified.
  4. Pass the NCSA Certification Test. See Test Guidelines
  5. Submit current Infant CPR Certification.
  6. Submit a Background/Criminal Check.
  7. Fulfill the Reading Requirements.
  8. Submit three (3) Professional References.
  9. Submit your current resume. Please be aware references will be thoroughly checked.  Resume must be submitted in this format:  Client's name, phone number/email, dates worked, short description of job i.e.: twins, preemies, sleep trained etc. 
  10. Complete and submit the NCSA’s Self-Evaluation form.
  11. Complete and Submit the NCSA’s Ethics form
  12. Have at least 45 full time weeks or 1800 hours within the last 2 years.
  13. Pay a total of $50 to the NCSA. $25 for the test (if you took an approved course) and $25 for the 2 year membership.
  1. Certification Requirements Details:

    1.   Complete a “Newborn Care Specialists  Course” approved by the NCSA: Our "Training” tab will guide you to where and how to take a course.
      You can choose to skip #1 if you have a minimum of two (2) years experience working with newborns and wish to “test out” of the course: Candidates that have a minimum of 1800 hours of experience working with newborns and feel that they are very knowledgeable in this field have the option of “testing out” of the course. The candidate will have one (1) attempt to pass the test. It is a multiple-choice test with 200 questions. To pass this test, a candidate must correctly answer 160 questions. In the event that the candidate does not correctly answer 160` questions they will be required to attend the course in order to be eligible for certification. They will be required to pass the test after the completion of the course following the same standards of those who have taken the course (see #2)

    2. Pass the NCSA Certification Test This is a multiple-choice test with 200 questions. The testing fee is $25.00. Upon completion of the certification process the testing fee will be credited to the candidate’s membership dues. To pass this test, a candidate must correctly answer 160 questions. In the event that the candidate does not correctly answer 160 questions they can re-test a second time without any additional fees. If the candidate fails to pass the test on their second attempt they will be required to take an essay test, interview with a NCSA Board Member and pay a $75.00 re-testing fee.  See below for payment

    3. Complete and submit the NCSA’s Certification Application:Applications must be completed and submitted by all candidates. Click on the following link to access forms. Form This form must be submitted before submitting any other information. Certification Application forms will not longer be accepted without first payment made to the NCSA for certification. $25 You will have 30 days once you have submitted your application to submit the remainder of the requirements.

    4.  Submit current Infant CPR Certifications: This needs to be through a nationally recognized program. Certification must also take place in an in-person setting. The NCSA will not accept online CPR Certifications. Upon completion of the CPR Certification course the candidate needs to submit proof of completion to the NCSA

    5. Submit a Background/Criminal Check: Background checks must be current from within the past 12 months. Candidates who need a background check can choose a company of their own to complete it or to order a background check click on this link https://www.enannysource.com/Nanny-Background-Check.aspx
      Choose the Gold package $49
      Click on Place Your Order Now
      Enter Your information under:
      Nanny's Information AND also under Family's eSignature
      ****Please make sure to enter (NCSA email address membership@ncsainfo) under the Family's eSignature****
      Click Proceed to Checkout
      Enter payment information
      Click Complete My Order
      Once the order is complete, you will be sent an email with the link to our secure online background check authorization form.
      Click on the link, enter the necessary information, and choose submit. 
      It is very important to stress that the nannies need to enter the NCSA email address in the family signature area so that The NCSA will receive the results directly. 
      The candidate is responsible for the cost of the background check.<br />

    6. Fulfill the Reading Requirements: The Candidate is required to read a minimum of one book under the ‘Newborn’ category and one book under the ‘Sleep & Routine’ category

    7. Newborn (Choose 1): Your Amazing Newborn by Klaus & Klaus, The Mind of Your Newborn Baby by Chamberlain, Caring for your Baby and Young Child - The American Academy of pediatrics (the first 3 months only) or Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality by Jang & Shu.
      B) Sleep & Routine (Choose 1): Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Weissbluth, No Cry Sleep Solution, Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Pantley & Sears, On Becoming Baby Wise by Ezzo & Bucknam, The Content Little Baby: The Simple Secrets of Calm, Confident Parenting by Ford, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby by Hogg & Blau, The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems by Hogg & Blau or The New Contented Little Baby Book: The Secret to Calm and Confident Parenting by Ford

    8.  Submit three (3) Professional References: Professional references must include the client’s name, candidate’s name, relationship to the candidate and client’s phone number. These references should be from the candidate’s past clients and can be in the form of a reference letter.

    9. Submit your current resume: Resume should include the candidate’s contact information, education and past job experiences.  References will be checked.  Resume must be submitted in this format:  Client's name, phone number/email, dates worked, short description of job i.e.: twins, preemies, sleep trained etc. 

      Use this format:
      Jane and Steve Todd 602-333-2421 Steve@gmail.com
      Jan 14, 2013 - March 1, 2013
      Preemie twin girls. Breastfed, reflux, sleep trained

    10.  Complete and submit the NCSA’s Self-Evaluation form: Self-Evaluation form must be completed and submitted by all candidates. Click on the following link to access forms. Form

    11.  Complete and Submit the NCSA’s Ethics form: Ethics form must be completed and submitted by all candidates. Click on the following link to access forms. Form

    12. As of February 1, 2012 we are certifying NCS's with1800- 2499 hours of in-home (client's home) experience with newborns 0-3 mo old and two years experience. You may use 8 hours per day on the job to count toward your 1800. If you work a 24/7 job you will be allowed only 8 hours per day of that 24 hours to count toward your 1800 hours. However, hours spent working in a NICU and/or a day care center (if you are working with 0 - 12 weeks only) may count with a maximum of 1300 NCS hours. You will need the additional 500 hours in a private setting to reach your 1800 hour goal.. Hours can be completed any time of day or night. Candidates can contact Lael Rogers the NCSA Membership director if they need help at anytime during their certification process.
      READ THIS BEFORE PAYING FOR THE TEST.  .Once you pay for the test using the Pay Pal Button you will be taken directly to the test.  This is a timed test.  Please have 90 minutes available for testing as 90 minutes is the allotted time. You time starts as soon as the test opens.  You may not start and stop the test.  Once started you must finish.  There are no refunds or do over's if you pay for the test and cannot take it immediately.  There are 200 questions and you will be allowed to miss 20% of the questions and pass the test.  You will receive notification directly after you finish the test as to your 'pass/fail' results.  Should you fail the test and have taken the approved course you will receive another chance without charge to take the test.  Should you fail the test 'testing out' of the course.  You will be required to take the approved course before taking the test again.  If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please notify Lael Rogers our Membership Director before continuing.

    13. NOTE: YOU MUST PAY FOR THE CERTIFICATION BEFORE YOU FILL OUT THE APPLICATION. YOU WILL HAVE 30 (THIRTY) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE APPLICATION TO GET YOUR REQUIREMENTS SUBMITTED. YOU MUST HAVE AT LEAST 1000 HOURS ACCUMULATED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR REQUIREMENTS WITHIN 30 DAYS YOU MUST RE- PAY YOUR APPLICATION FEE TO CONTINUE. THIS IS NON-REFUNDABLE SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS ON HAND BEFORE YOU FILL OUT YOUR APPLICATION. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    14. Use the following button for your 2 year certification/application fee. The fee is $25 for us to review your application and for your 2 year certification fee if you fulfill all the requirements. Remember you have 30 days from the time you pay for this fee to turn in all of your required paperwork (this does not include hours)

    You may take the test without filling out the application, however if you test out and do not qualify with your hours it will be invalid.
TEST OPTIONS

2 YEAR CERTIFICATION AND APPLICATION FEE BELOW

RECERTIFICATION

In order to renew your certification and membership in the NCSA, we need to receive the following items from you.

  1. Re-Certification application
  2. Submit form - 6 hours of continuing education classes request form
  3. Membership fee (see pay pal below)
  4. Background check that is less than 2 years old.
  5. Proof of current Infant CPR.
  6. Once you have certified with the original 1800 hours you have to submit only 500 hours for re-certification.We need your updated resume on file. However, we do need your updated resume on file. If you were certified before the hours were instated, you will have to obtain the hours before re-certification.

This information must be submitted via email. We accept NO hard copies.

The $45.00 renewal fee is for two years of membership with benefits.  Upon receipt of your dues you will receive an updated NCSA Certification certificate for your portfolio. You will continue to receive the newsletter, have unlimited use of the updated NCSA logo on your website.. There is an advocate available to assist you with any problems or questions you may have.  Most importantly, your certification provides you with a competitive edge!  Future clients will know they are interviewing a Newborn Care Specialist that is highly qualified and professional.  This will give them additional confidence in their choice to hire you rather than an un-certified candidate!

We are here for you!  If you have any questions we invite you to email Lael (renew@ncsainfo.com)  directly. She will personally walk you through your re-certification process!

 
RE-CERTIFICATION

*There are no refunds once you pay for the certification. This pertains to people who do not qualify and to those who change their mind. This also pertains to people who take over 30 days from their application date to get their information submitted.

The Board of Directors has the right to revoke or deny membership and certification of any applicant, or member of the NCSA, who has exhibited criminal, immoral, unethical behavior if references cannot be verified or any reason the NCSA Board does not feel the information is valid. If a NCSA member has one or more complaints against them, the Board of Directors may choose to investigate said complaint(s)

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