Requirements Checklist

1. Complete a Newborn Care Specialist Course approved by the NCSA. Click HERE to see the list of approved courses.
2. Pay for ($35) and pass the NCSA Certification Test. To pass this test, the applicant must correctly answer 160 of the 200 questions. In the event the applicant does not pass the test, they can retest one further time.
3. Pay membership registration fee. $50
4. Log into the NCSA and set up an account filling out all the applicable forms before submitting.
5.  Research and write an article on newborn care.  This article may be posted on the blog on this website.  The composition of this article must be an original article written by you and you must give your permission for the NCSA to post the article.  The following are the guidelines for this article:

  • The article must be scientifically researched.  All points of research must be noted on a separate sheet of paper.
  • The subject must be approved by the NCSA Membership Director before you submit the article.
  • This article must be no less than 500 words.
  • Correct spelling and grammar is imperative and will be taken into account.

5. Submit current CPR Certification. CPR Class must be taken in person – online classes are not accepted.
6. Submit a current background check. If the applicant does not have a current background check, they can order one here:

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7. Read an approved book on newborns. Acceptable books are:

  • Your Amazing Newborn by Klaus & Klaus
  • The Mind of Your Newborn Baby by Chamberlain
  • Caring for your Baby and Young Child The American Academy of Pediatrics (the first 3 months only)
  • Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality by Jang & Shu.

8. Read an approved book on sleep and routine. Acceptable books are:

  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Weissbluth,
  • No Cry Sleep Solution,
  • Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Pantley & Sears,
  • On Becoming Baby Wise by Ezzo & Bucknam,
  • The Content Little Baby: The Simple Secrets of Calm, Confident Parenting by Ford, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer:
  • How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby by Hogg & Blau,
  • The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems by Hogg & Blau
  • The New Contented Little Baby Book: The Secret to Calm and Confident Parenting by Ford

9. Submit current resume with references listed.

  • Resume must include applicants contact information, education and past job experience.
  • Please list all jobs worked in the following format:


  • Clients Name, email address, dates worked, short description of job (i.e.: twins, preemies, sleep trained etc.)
  • For example:  Jane and Steve Todd Must supply a current email address for contact.
  • Jan 14, 2016 – March 1, 2016  Allowable hours for three month’s duty are: 672 for 7 days a week and 480 for 5 days a week.
  • Preemie twin girls. Breastfed, reflux, sleep trained
  • NOTE: If your resume is not submitted in the above form it will be deleted and you will lose your application fee. You will have to begin the process all over.


Jane and Steve Todd
January 14 2016 – March 1, 2016
Preemie twin girls.   Breastfed, reflux, sleep trained

Applicants must have worked a minimum of 1800 hours (one on one care in the client’s home) in the last 2 years. Please note that only jobs with babies 12 weeks or younger will be credited toward the hour minimum. Also, a maximum of 8 hours per day will be counted.*

  • It is your job to make sure you have the hours required to become certified.
  • If you submit a resume that does not have the hours it will be deleted, we will not ask you to re-do it.
  • You have one chance to do this correctly.  Check and double check that the resume is in the correct form and that you have the required hours in the allotted time frame.

10. Complete and submit the NCSA’s Self-Evaluation form. This is included with the application.

NOTE: All documents must be submitted within 30 days of payment and application. If all documentation is not received during that time, the applicant will need to reapply, repay and resubmit all documents again.

Once all these requirements are met, the applicant will receive a Basic or Advanced Certification. A Basic certification is for applicants who have 1800-2499 hours. For applicants with over 2500 hours, an Advanced certification will be awarded. Certifications are valid for 1 year, after which time, the certificate will need to be renewed.

If you are an RN or LPN,  you may use 1200 hours of NICU care with your supervisors signature.  This is limited to 8 hours per day.  You must submit the remaining hours with one on one client/newborn care in the client’s home.

The same applies to day care center workers – you must work only with 0 – 12 weeks of age.  You may only use 8 hours per day and you must have your supervisors approval.

All certifications are approved at the discretion of the NCSA Board.