The INA Nanny Credential Exam has 100 multiple choice questions and 1 open response essay question with multiple parts. The exam is a timed exam that is available to be taken online. The exam is designed to test a nanny’s practical knowledge of child care. A proctor must be secured by the exam candidate to administer the exam prior to testing. The exam addresses:
Because the exam is challenging, it is strongly recommended that anyone sitting for the exam have a minimum of 2000 hours of (the equivalent of 1 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 for the multiple choice section as soon as the exam is submitted. The essay question will be graded manually. Complete information about the nanny’s exam results will be sent to INA automatically. Nannies will be sent a letter with the final score of the exam. All nannies who pass the exam (score 70% or better) will receive a certificate in the mail. Once a nanny passes the exam, she/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 reapply and pay another testing fee. The exam will not be identical to the first one.
The INA’s nanny credential exam was completely updated in 2015 to reflect the current body of knowledge surrounding early childhood development and best practices. The International Nanny Association has created a Nanny Credential Exam Prep slideshow with study resources and tips. In it, you will find links to many websites which will aid you in studying the knowledge areas assessed in the Exam.
Previously, the International Nanny Association has published Beyond Parenting Basics: The International Nanny Association’s Guide to In-Home Child Care to work as a study guide for the nanny credential exam. However, as this book is several years old, some of the information it contains is outdated. If you choose to read this book in order to study, please note that when inconsistency is found, you should follow the resources in the study guide.
Please be aware of the following steps to be completed prior to sitting for the exam:
1. Complete an exam application, providing the requested documentation and Proctor information.
2. Submit the completed application to the INA Office via email, fax or USPS.
3. Processing times for all applications:
4. When choosing an exam date, a nanny should keep in mind the above processing times, and choose 2-3 alternate dates.
5. Upon receipt of a nanny’s completed application, the INA Office will contact the nanny’s selected Proctor and confirm their participation.
NOTE: A nanny’s Proctor must be someone who cannot benefit from a nanny completing the exam, and they must have taken an oath of ethics, i.e. lawyer, librarian, clergy, teacher, etc. And it cannot be anyone from a nanny placement agency or a nanny’s spouse or family member.
6. Twenty-four hours prior to the exam date, the INA Office will send the exam link via email to the nanny’s Proctor who will administer the test. Once the link has been accessed, time will begin and it cannot be accessed again. The exam must be completed in one sitting.