Thank you for your interest in earning the IBCLC certification.
2015 Exam Applications are now CLOSED.
Please note the following 2015 application deadlines:
Exam application deadline is 02 March 2015
Memorandum of Understanding deadline is 31 May 2015
Before beginning the application, please review the 2015 IBLCE Checklist.
Use this Powerpoint Tutorial to guide you through the application process (about 8 minutes in length)”.
To submit an online application use the IBLCE credential management system.
Already Activated your Online Account?
Go directly to the Login Page link above and enter your Username and Password
Never Logged into the System?
You will need to create an online account in the credential management system. Click on the “New or First Time User” link on the Login Page to get started.
To learn about the online credential management system, see the FAQs below and review the IBLCE Credential Manager Guide for Initial Exam Candidates.
Application Fees: In order to make its certification program financially accessible to all those qualified to participate, despite the wide variance in economic conditions throughout the world, IBLCE uses the purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita metric as determined by international organisations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. PPP takes into account the relative cost of living and the inflation rates of countries. Further information on exam fees can be found in the Candidate Information Guide
and on the Fee Schedule.
Deadlines & Exam Date: Key Dates
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Candidates
Regarding the IBLCE Credential Management System
The IBLCE Credential Manager system has a number of advantages such as access to activity and payment history, the ability to upload supporting documentation or update your contact information and communications preferences. Below are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the credential management system.
How do I enter the online application system?
Use this link to access the online system. The Login Page will appear as in the screenshot below. You will click on the “New or First Time User” link to set up an account. You will receive an account activation email from IBLCE Credential Manager. The account activation email will allow you to set up your own password and access the system.
When will I be approved to sit the exam and how will I know I’ve been approved?
How quickly you are approved to sit the exam is largely dependent upon your completion of the application forms and your submission of any required documentation. Unless there are unusual circumstances, you should know the status of your application within about two weeks of IBLCE’s final receipt of all required forms and supporting documentation. You will be notified of your approval to sit the exam through a message on the “My Home Page” screen of your IBLCE Credential Manager account. Please note that you will not receive a notification email – you must login to the system to see if you have been approved. See the screenshot below as an example of how the “My Home Page” screen will appear.
What information or documents do I need to have ready when applying?
You will need information about the following topics:
Which pathway you will be following—pathway 1, 2 or 3
Whether or not, in the past five years, you have completed the required 90 hours of lactation specific education specified by Pathway 1 and 3 or whether or not you have completed your Pathway 2 academic program
If you have not completed the required minimum of 90 hours of lactation specific education or the Pathway 2 academic program, you must agree to the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding and pay the associated fee
How you will demonstrate completion of the Health Sciences Education
By demonstrating that you are educated in one of the professionals listed on the Recognised Health Professions List
Or, by providing transcripts and certificates of completion that demonstrate completion of courses in the 14 health science courses
Or, by providing documentation that demonstrates you are recognised by your national, state or provincial government to practice as a clinical health professional
How many hours of clinical practice in lactation and breastfeeding care you have completed in the past five years
1000 supervised hours for Pathway 1
300 directly supervised hours for Pathway 2
500 directly supervised hours for Pathway 3
In addition, you will need to provide personal information such as birth date, country of citizenship and professional background and information about exam preferences such as whether you require accommodations during the exam administration and/or where you want to sit the examination. If you require accommodations, you will need documentation that supports the need for accommodations.
Also if you respond “Yes” to one or more of the Required Questions, you will need to provide explanations for your responses, along with official documentation from a third-party (e.g. court records) related to the outcome of the matter(s).
If your application is selected for audit, you will be required to provide documentation that supports your completion of the following requirements:
Health Sciences Education
Lactation Specific Education
If you signed the Memorandum of Understanding, you must provide documentation that verifies completion of the entire 90 hours of lactation specific education or your Pathway 2 academic program.
As you respond to questions on application forms, you can save the form for later completion by clicking on the “Save for Later” button. This allows you to come and go from the system as your schedule permits. (The only exception to this rule is the Personal Information Form which requires certain specific information and cannot be saved for later.)
What is the difference between the on-line application system, Pearson Credential Management system, and Pearson VUE computer-based testing?
Pearson VUE offers a number of certification products and services, one of which is the Pearson Credential Management system (formerly called Integral7). However, Pearson VUE’s computer-based testing services are handled by an entirely different division than the division which handles the credential management services. As an exam candidate, you will need to interact with Pearson VUE’s computer-based testing customer support staff; however, IBLCE manages all customer support for the credential management system provided by Pearson Credential Management.