Become a Certified Newborn Care Specialist CNCS®

What does NCS Certification mean?

The gold standard of certification means that you have been trained, and then certified by a third party organization that reviews and verifies your coursework, work in the field and knowledge on newborns. A certification of completion or certificate of completion from a Newborn Care Specialist training does not make you a Certified Newborn Care Specialist. It makes you a trained Newborn Care Specialist.

*Be wary of organizations that offer you a certification through their own programs. Not all trainings are equal in quality and not all certifications are legitimate.*

Why should I get certified?

Professional Association Certification Gives You A Competitive Advantage
It is a clear indicator of your commitment to invest in your own professional development. When you have a certification that your competitors don’t, it sets you apart and can differentiate you from other professionals in your field by showing that you have the required knowledge and qualifications and also have demonstrated your commitment to understanding and excelling in your profession through documented experience.

 

Certified Newborn Care Specialist [CNCS] Becomes Your Professional Title
Being certified is an impartial, third-party endorsement from your professional association of your knowledge, expertise and hands on experience. Your title is protected with our registered trademark and you get to put CNCS after your name!

Validation of Skills and Knowledge to Parents and Agencies
Industry Association Certifications serve as a tangible proof of an individual's expertise and proficiency in a specific area. They validate that the certified professional possesses the skills and knowledge required to perform tasks within their field. Agencies prefer to work with Newborn Care Specialists who are certified, and sometimes exclusively so. Over time parents will recognize the significance of certification, in the meantime you might need to help educate them.

 

Professional Association Certification Increases your Earning Potential                            
Studies show that the time and effort invested in professional certification can increase salaries and rates by up to 20%.

 

The NCSA offers three levels of Newborn Care Specialist Certification

Choose your Certification Level and Apply Today!

Please review each certification level and choose which level you’d like to apply for:

*Please note that for all levels, hours accepted towards certification should be within the last five years and the majority of hours completed after a successful completion of an NCSA-approved Newborn Care Specialist foundational course.

*NCSA Certifications are valid for 3 years. Then recertification is required.

Requirements - Level 1

1. Establish Membership with NCSA

2. Complete an NCSA approved Foundational NCS course [list of approved cases HERE]

3. Complete the following list of requirements BEFORE submitting your application.

4. Pay the application fee of $100

5. Read and Sign the NCSA Code of Conduct, Scope of Practice and Grievance Policy and Procedure

6. Successfully pass the NCSA Level 1 Exam - which is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and can be taken online with a proctor.

 Requirements - Level 2

 

1. Establish Membership with NCSA

2. Complete an NCSA approved Foundational NCS course [list of approved cases HERE]

3. Complete the following list of requirements BEFORE submitting your application.

4. Pay the application fee of $200

5. Read and Sign the NCSA Code of Conduct, Scope of Practice and Grievance Policy and Procedure

6. Successfully pass the NCSA Level 2 Exam - which is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and can be taken online with a proctor.

 Requirements - Level 3 Premier

 

1. Establish Membership with NCSA

2. Complete an NCSA approved Foundational NCS course [list of approved cases HERE]

3. Complete the following list of requirements BEFORE submitting your application

4. Pay the application fee of $300

5. Read and Sign the NCSA Code of Conduct, Scope of Practice and Grievance Policy and Procedure.

6. Pass a panel interview by the NCSA Board of Directors

NCSA-Approved NCS Training Courses

The NCSA is proud to connect you with the following approved educational providers. These training academies offer NCS courses that have met the high standard required by the NCSA and are approved for certification with the NCSA.

The NCSA is in no way affiliated with any of our approved training academies.