FAQ

HOW LONG IS MY CERTIFICATION VALID?

The ICNCS certification is valid for two years. At the beginning of your 2nd year of certification, you will receive a courtesy email to remind you that your certification will soon expire. You may renew your ICNCS certification with 20 hours of continuing education and proof of an additional 500 contact hours. You will be required to re-certify every two years.

WHERE CAN I OBTAIN MY EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION?

Approved education offerings are ones that focus on evidence based newborn care research.

WHAT DOES ICNCS STAND FOR?

International Certified Newborn Care Specialist

HOW LONG IS THE EXAMINATION?

You will be given 2 hours to complete the exam.

HOW DOES ACCREDITATION CHANGE THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS?

NCI develops and administers the ICNCS examination to assess knowledge and skills that underlie competent practice in newborn care. The development, administration and scoring of the exam promotes competency in newborn care and knowledge and thereby fulfills the mission of NCI. The accreditation process ensures that each of these components is free of bias or conflict of interest so that the public is protected.

IF I FAIL MY EXAM AM I ABLE TO RETAKE THE EXAM?

You will be able to apply to resit for the exam one additional time in a calendar year. Information about reapplying will be provided at the time of the exam results. The re-testing fee is $100.

WHO IS REVIEWING CREDENTIALS FOR CERTIFICATION?

The NCI has a certification committee who are responsible for verifying the information you have submitted. Please see our team page for more information.

WHY ARE WE REQUIRED TO HAVE 1000 HOURS OF CONTACT CARE WITH NEWBORNS?

We assembled a team of 15 Subject Matter Experts (SME) and polled their views on what was important for the role of the Newborn Care Specialist. It was unanimous that experience with newborns was necessary. We next took a poll on how many hours was deemed acceptable and the average number was 1000 hours.

WHAT IF MY CLIENT IS NOT WILLING TO BE A REFERENCE?

Not all clients are required to be a reference, but we will require at least three written references as contact information for additional references to verify your hours.

CAN I APPLY FOR MY CERTIFICATION BEFORE I HAVE OBTAINED MY CONTACT HOURS?

No. Your application will not be reviewed unless it contains all of the prerequisites.

Who IS ICE?

ICE stands for Institute of Credentialing Excellence. ICE is the accreditation agency or 3rd part over site.

CAN AN AGENCY OWNER VALIDATE NON PRIVATE CLIENTS?

If you are working with an agency, an agency owner can validate hours for non private clients.