Nannies require no formal training for their profession, but an interested person may become a Certified Professional Nanny through one of the nanny schools that have been approved by the American Council of Nanny Schools, according to Care.com. These schools include the English Nanny & Governess School.
People who want to become nannies may benefit from specialized classes, courses and certifications to make them more effective caregivers, explains Marcia Hudgel for Care.com. Industry professionals, such as Becky Kavanagh, co-president of the International Nanny Association, recommend CPR and first aid certifications and water safety certifications. The INA also offers various courses teaching basic skills and the INA Nanny Credential Exam for people who want to show they have extensive training in the important areas of child care and safety. Lora Brawley, owner of Nanny Biz Reviews, advocates early childhood education at local community colleges for caregivers who need a more solid understanding of child development, Hudgel states. Brawley has developed an online course and certification program to teach nannies how to reinforce positive habits in the children in their care. Caregivers who want the backing of a professional organization also may look into organizations such as the INA to demonstrate that they have the proper training.