PREREQUISITES

There are two pathways to obtain certification.
Pathway one is the standard path to certification. Pathway one is designed for an applicant to take a single comprehensive course that covers all the skills and competencies necessary for a newborn care specialists. Pathway one also includes the following prerequisites listed below before the applicant can submit their application.
Pathway two is an alternative path to certification. Pathway two is designed for applicants who enter the profession from a medical background such as registered nurse. Pathway two prerequisites are listed below and must be completed before the applicant can submit their application.

Pathway One

COMPLETE 20 HOUR
NEWBORN CARE TRAINING COURSE
COMPLETE 6 HOURS OF ADDITIONAL TRAINING

Additional training can be in the areas of lactation, multiples care
or postpartum doula care.
Must provide a certificate of completion with application.

COMPLETE 1000 CONTACT HOURS.
MUST SERVE AT MINIMUM 5 CLIENTS
ONE CLIENT REQUIRED TO HAVE MULTIPLES

Birth-4 months of age,12 hour shifts, 24 hour shifts and hours with service
dates up to 2 years prior can be counted. Consultations and sleep training clients apply. See sample hours here.

COMPILE RESUME, REFERENCES
FOR SUBMISSION WITH APPLICATION.

Resume does not need to include detailed client duties. References should include a written testimonial about your services. 3 references are required.

COMPILE HOURS FOR SUBMISSION
RECOMMENDED TO USE AN EXCEL SPREAD SHEET.
CLICK HERE FOR AN EXAMPLE.

If you are working with an agency, an agency owner can validate hours for non private clients.You still need to provide your hours on an excel spreadsheet, but contact information for each client is not required with an agency validation letter.

CURRENT BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED
CURRENT INFANT CPR/FIRST AID REQUIRED

Certificates will need to be uploaded for proof.
Click the link here for background check services and choose the “gold” package.

ONCE YOU HAVE ALL 5 PREREQUISITES COMPLETE YOU ARE READY TO MOVE ON TO STEP 2 AND SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.

It is important to remember you will need all of these items to complete your application in step 2. You will be required to pay your application fee of $300 to begin your application.

Pathway Two

COMPLETE BACHELORS DEGREE IN NURSING

Must provide a certificate or license # with application for verification.

COMPLETE 500 CONTACT HOURS OUTSIDE OF THE HOSPITAL
MUST SERVE AT MINIMUM 3 CLIENTS
ONE CLIENT REQUIRED TO HAVE MULTIPLES

Birth-4 months of age,12 hour shifts, 24 hour shifts and hours with service
dates up to 2 years prior can be counted. Consultations and sleep training clients apply. See sample hours here.

COMPILE RESUME, REFERENCES
FOR SUBMISSION WITH APPLICATION.

Resume does not need to include detailed client duties. References should include a written testimonial about your services. 3 references are required.

COMPILE HOURS FOR SUBMISSION
RECOMMENDED TO USE AN EXCEL SPREAD SHEET.
CLICK HERE FOR AN EXAMPLE.

CURRENT BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED
CURRENT INFANT CPR/FIRST AID REQUIRED

Certificates will need to be uploaded for proof.
Click the link here for background check services and choose the “gold” package.

ONCE YOU HAVE ALL 5 PREREQUISITES COMPLETE YOU ARE READY TO MOVE ON TO STEP 2 AND SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.

It is important to remember you will need all of these items to complete your application in step 2. You will be required to pay your application fee of $300 to begin your application.