- Child Development
- Family/Provider Communication
- Child Guidance
- Multicultural/Diversity Awareness
- Learning Environment
- Personal Qualities of a Nanny
- Management Skills Health
Because the exam is challenging, it is strongly recommended that anyone sitting for the exam has a minimum of 2000 hours of (the equivalent of one-year, full-time) professional in-home child care experience. Those sitting for the exam must have a current certification in Infant/Child CPR and First Aid and photo identification. There is a charge for taking the exam, with a discount offered to INA members.
A nanny will see her/his exam score as soon as the exam is submitted. Complete information about the nanny's exam results will be sent to INA automatically. All nannies who pass the exam (Score 70% or better) will receive a certificate in the mail. They will also be listed on the INA’s website as an INA Credentialed Nanny. Once a nanny passed the exam, she or he will be considered an INA Credentialed Nanny and will be identified on the INA member list as such.
If a nanny does not receive a passing grade on the exam, an opportunity to retest will be provided, but no sooner than six-months from the date of the first attempt. Candidates must re-apply and pay another testing fee. The exam will not be identical to the first one.
The International Nanny Association has published Beyond Parenting Basics: The International Nanny Association's Guide to In-Home Child Care. This book is an appropriate study guide for those who wish to take the International Nanny Association's Nanny Credential Exam to become an INA Credentialed Nanny and was co-authored by Sara McCormack Hoffman (the author of the INA Credential Exam) and Michelle LaRowe. The see the book, as well as a sample chapter for download, click here.
For less experienced nannies, INA has developed the Basic Skills. The INA Basic Skills Exam is a 40 question timed, multiple-choice exam that is available to be taken online that tests basic child care knowledge.
The Basic Skills Exam addresses:
- Child Development
The INA Basic Skills Assessment was authored by the following seasoned INA Nanny Members:
- Myrna Alphonse, MA/NCC
- Kellie Geres, 1997 INA Nanny of the Year
- Cortney Gibson, Newborn Care Specialist
- Becky Kavanagh, 2006 INA Nanny of the Year
- Michelle LaRowe, 2004 INA Nanny of the Year and parenting author
- Glenda Propst, 1991 INA Nanny of the Year and founding member of the International Nanny Association
The minimum passing score for the Basic Skills Exam is 70%. Those nannies that score 70% or better will receive a certificate stating that they passed the exam.
To learn more visit the links below.
Basic Skills Exam: http://www.nanny.org/basic_skills_exam.php
INA Nanny Credential Exam: http://www.nanny.org/credentialexam.php
Beyond Parenting Basics: http://www.nanny.org/pdf/bookPRrevised8-11-09.pdf
INA Credentialed Nannies: http://www.nanny.org/credentialed_nannies.php
Did you know there is a credential exam for nannies? If you have passed the INA Nanny Credential Exam how has it affected your nanny career?