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IBLCE Exam Facts & Figures

  • The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) is an international certification board with over 28,000 certificants in 105 countries.
  • A governing body with representation from relevant stakeholders is charged with oversight of the IBLCE certification program.
  • IBLCE was established in 1985, and the IBLCE certification examination has been administered in 21 languages and in more than 50 countries.
  • In 2012 alone, the IBCLE certification examination was administered in 17 languages and in 353 locations across 55 countries and territories.
  • The IBLCE certification program holds the prestigious National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation, which is a mark of quality for certification programs.
  • IBLCE has held this prestigious accreditation since 1988.
  • To earn NCCA accreditation, a certification program must meet defined and objective standards pertaining to numerous aspects of its program, including with respect to its examination.
  • Following typical professional certification examination processes, the IBLCE examination is based on data from a practice analysis (sometimes referred to as a job analysis or role delineation study) which is a survey of professionals in the field.
  • Relying on the data from the practice analysis, a content outline or test blueprint was created.  The IBLCE content outline has two dimensions: scientific disciplines (examples: “Maternal and Infant Anatomy”, “Growth Parameters and Developmental Milestones”) and chronological periods. To view the complete blueprint, click here.
  • Specific test questions are written by subject matter experts and are based on the content outline and scientific literature and/or standard references in the field.
  • The assessment process evaluates mastery of targeted knowledge.
  • The exam is administered in a secure, proctored environment.
  • Certification is recognition that an individual has met eligibility requirements and has passed a rigorous exam that assesses knowledge in breastfeeding management.
  • The assessment instruments are developed using accepted psychometric principles.
  • Cut scores (pass/fail criteria) are established using standard psychometric procedures that involve expert judgment about the level of performance expected of an IBCLC.