Certification Defined

 THE NCSA OFFERS CERTIFICATION & MEMBERSHIP

 NEWBORN CARE SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION

A. BASIC Certification

  1. This is a certification for people who have completed an approved course and passed the NCSA test and have 1800- 2499 hours (in two years).
  2. If you are a daycare worker who works with ONLY 0 – 12 week old babies, or an RN, LPN who works in the NICU, you may use up to 1200 of these hours for your 1800 hours.  This is  with NCSA approval and with a supervisor’s signature.
  3. The remaining 600 hours must be one on one in the client’s home.
  4. You must complete the requirements listed here.

B. ADVANCE Certification

  1. This is a certificate for people who have taken the course and passed the test and have more than 2500 hours and more than 2 years of experience.
  2. Please see the above for hourly requirements.  You may only have 1200 hours of care that is not one on one.  (as shown above)
  3. The remaining 1300 hours must be one-on-one care in the client’s home.
  4. You must complete the requirements listed here

SLEEP TRAINING CERTIFICATION

A.  BASIC Certification: This is for 0 – 12 weeks of age only

  1. This certification is for those who have already received the Newborn Care Specialist Certification and have over 1800 hours of experience.
  2. You may use 1000 of this 1800 of sleep conditioning/sleep training for newborns up to 12 weeks of age.
  3. Take an  approved sleep training course.
  4. Research and write an article on sleep condition or training a newborn. Subject to be approved by the NCSA and may be posted on the NCSA site.
  5.         Write 3 scenario’s with logs (from your experience) your method of training and the conclusion

B. ADVANCED Certification:  Includes Basic certification + over 12 weeks of age

  1. This certification. is for those who have already received the Newborn Care Specialist Certification and have over 2500 hours of experience.
  2. The above requirements must be met with an additional 1000 of this must be advanced sleep training (over 12 weeks of age)
  3. Take an approved sleep training course.
  4. You must research and write an article on sleep training older children.  Subject to be approved by the NCSA and may be posted on the NCSA site.

3. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

a. This membership is for agencies, products or anyone working in the newborn field who would like to show support for the NCSA.