Credential Exams

The INA offers 4 tests to evaluate yourself or your candidate’s knowledge of child or infant care within the home setting.

Assessment Tools for Agencies

Agencies: Looking for a way to stand out from other placement agencies? We have what you are looking for. 

The INA offers two assessments for agencies to utilize in order to help with the onboarding of new caregivers to their agency. Both Assessments have 40 multiple choice questions and are taken online. Test takers have 30 minutes to complete the assessment and must score a 70% or higher to pass. Once the caregiver completes the test, the Agency will automatically receive an email with the results. 

The Nanny Basic Skills Assessment is now available in 17 languages and tests the caregivers knowledge of Children’s (ages infant through teens) health, safety, development, nutrition, and nanny professionalism. 

The NCS Basic Skills Assessment will soon be available in additional languages but currently is only in English. It tests the newborn care specialists knowledge of infant (birth through 6 months) health, safety, development, nutrition, and newborn care specialists professionalism. 

Agencies can get 100, 150, or 300 assessments to use at any time during a 12 month period in any of our 17 languages. Once purchased, the INA office will help you get everything set up. Our platform gives you a website link and access code devoted to your company so that the process of assessing your nannies can be streamlined with your intake operation.

Nanny Basic Skills Assessment

The INA Nanny Basic Skills Assessment was developed to assess a nanny’s basic child care knowledge. It is a 40 question timed, multiple-choice assessment that is available to be taken online. The Assessment is now available in 17 languages:
  • Afrikaans
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Bulgarian
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Filipino
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • ​Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovakian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
INA Members can take advantage of the member discount in our Estore today and purchase this beneficial assessment. The assessment addresses child health, safety, nutrition, professionalism, and development. The minimum passing score is 70%. Those nannies who score 70% or better will receive a certificate via email, stating that they passed the assessment. Please note: Individuals who take the Assessment through an agency do not receive a certificate. Thank you to the authors of this assessment:
  • 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

NCS Basic Skills Assessment

The INA Newborn Care Specialist Basic Skills Assessment was developed to assess an NCS’s basic newborn care knowledge. It is a 40 question timed, multiple-choice assessment that is available to be taken online.

INA Members can take advantage of the member discount in our Estore today and purchase this beneficial assessment.

The assessment addresses infant health, safety, nutrition, professionalism, and development. The minimum passing score is 70%. Those newborn care specialists who score 70% or better will receive a certificate via email, stating that they passed the assessment. Please note: Individuals who take the assessment through an agency do not receive a certificate.

Thank you to the authors of this assessment:

  • Danielle Bujnak, Child Magic, LLC
  • Cortney Gibson, Gibson Newborn Solutions
  • Tonya Sakowicz, Newborn Care Solutions
  • Brittany Hunt, Newborn Care Training
  • Haleigh Almquist, Newborn Care Training

Nanny Credential Exam

The Nanny Credential Exam is designed to test a candidate’s working knowledge of children, their developmental needs, and how to meet those needs in an in-home child care environment. It was developed to evaluate the Nanny’s practical knowledge of child care so that parents who employ them can have the peace of mind that their caregiver knows safe and healthy ways to care for their children. While the exam is helpful in evaluating a Nanny’s abilities, it should be used in conjunction with other screening tools to enhance, not replace, an agency’s or a prospective employer’s own means of assessment.

Prerequisites:

  • Current First-aid and Infant/Child CPR from in-person instructor
  • Photo ID
  • Exams are currently only available in English
  • Access to a laptop or desktop computer with internet access in a private and quiet location (Virtually Proctored test only)


Exam Details:

  • 100 multiple choice questions
  • 2 hours to complete it. 
  • Proctored exam: meaning that someone will be observing you as you complete it. (two options below) 
  • Closed book test and must be completed independently. However, if you have special needs that would require alterations to make the test accessible to you, please reach out to the office to discuss these.


There are two options to take the Nanny Credential Exam. Please choose your method below and follow the instructions in each. Note, unless you are taking the exam with a group, you must follow the
Virtual Proctor steps. 

Both exam options are found in the INA Estore and INA Members receive a discount on both. Test takers are encouraged to review our Nanny Exam Prep page. 

Virtual Proctored Exam scores are given to you immediately but Group Exams will need to be manually graded. A score of 70% or better is a passing grade. 

  1. Virtual Proctor – Cost $75 for INA Members and $100 for Non-Members
  2. Group Proctor – $40 for INA Members and $50 for Non-Members


Before you take the exam, you will need to provide the INA with proof of a valid and current CPR and First Aid Certification. 

The exam is designed to test a nanny’s practical knowledge of child care. It addresses:

  • Child Development
  • Family/Provider Communication
  • Child Guidance
  • Multicultural/Diversity Awareness
  • Learning Environment
  • Personal Qualities of a Nanny
  • Safety
  • Management Skills Health
  • Nutrition
  • Professionalism


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. 

Once a nanny passes the exam, she/he will be considered an INA Credentialed Nanny and will be identified on the INA Website as such. You will have the right to use the Nanny Credential Logo. This small graphic can make a huge impact on a resume, business card or website. 

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.

NOTE: Passing the INA Nanny Credential Exam does NOT make you a Certified Nanny. There is a difference between Credential, Certification, Certificate, and Accreditation. Check out our blog post from a few years back that explains. 

Thank you to our authors and editors: 

  • Sara McCormack-Hoffman M.S
  • Angela Wilson Riggs, Sullivan University
  • Michelle LaRowe, 2004 INA Nanny of the Year™ and parenting author
  • Louise Dunham, Owner and CEO of Placement Solutions
  • Sheri Lopez, 2014 Nanny of the Year™️
  • Carolyn Stulberg, Founder and Executive Director of The Alexandria School
  • Susan Tokayer, Founder of Family Helpers
  • Karen Yatsko, Founder of Newborn Care by Karen
  • Helen McCarthy, UK Nanny
  • Emily Rolen, The Nanny Collaborative
  • Laura Schoeder, Charleston Area Nanny Network
  • Tonya Sakowicz, Newborn Care Solutions

NCS Credential Exam

The INA NCS Credential Exam is designed to assess a Newborn Care Specialist’s (NCS) practical knowledge of infant care. It is a comprehensive exam intended to test the skills of a professional NCS. It was developed to evaluate the NCS’s practical knowledge of newborn care so that parents who employ them can have the peace of mind that their caregiver knows safe and healthy ways to care for their babies. While the exam is helpful in evaluating a NCS’s abilities, it should be used in conjunction with other screening tools to enhance, not replace, an agency’s or a prospective employer’s own means of assessment.

Prerequisites:

  • Current First-aid and Infant/Child CPR from in-person instructor
  • Photo ID
  • Exams are currently only available in English
  • Access to a laptop or desktop computer with internet access in a private and quiet location (Virtual Proctor test only)


Exam Details:

  • 100 multiple choice questions
  • 2 hours to complete it. 
  • Proctored exam: meaning that someone will be observing you as you complete it. (two options below) 
  • Closed book test and must be completed independently. However, if you have special needs that would require alterations to make the test accessible to you, please reach out to the office to discuss these.

There are two options to take the NCS Credential Exam. Please choose your method below and follow the instructions in each. Note, unless you are taking the exam with a group, you must follow the Virtual Proctor steps. 

Both exam options are found in the INA Estore and INA Members receive a discount on both. Test takers are encouraged to review our NCS Exam Prep page. 

Virtual Proctored Exam scores are given to you immediately but Group Exams will need to be manually graded. A score of 70% or better is a passing grade. 

  1. Virtual Proctor – Cost $75 for INA Members and $100 for Non-Members
  2. Group Proctor – $40 for INA Members and $50 for Non-Members


Before you take the exam, you will need to provide the INA with proof of a valid and current CPR and First Aid Certification. 


The exam is designed to test a NCS’s practical knowledge of child care. It addresses:

  • Safety
  • Nutrition 
  • Physical Development
  • Emotional Development 
  • Sleep Needs
  • General Care 
  • Illnesses
  • Professionalism


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. 

Once a NCS passes the exam, she/he will be considered an INA Credentialed NCS and will be identified on the INA Website as such. You will have the right to use the NCS Credential Logo. This small graphic can make a huge impact on a resume, business card or website. 

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.

NOTE: Passing the INA NCS Credential Exam does NOT make you a Certified NCS. There is a difference between Credential, Certification, Certificate, and Accreditation

Thank you to our authors: 

  • Danielle Bujnak, Child Magic, LLC
  • Cortney Gibson, Gibson Newborn Solutions
  • Tonya Sakowicz, Newborn Care Solutions
  • Brittany Hunt, Newborn Care Training
  • Haleigh Almquist, Newborn Care Traini