IBLCE Exam Facts & Figures

  • The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) is an international certification board with approximately 30,000 certificants in 108 countries.
  • A governing body with representation from relevant stakeholders is charged with oversight of the IBCLC certification programme.
  • IBLCE established the IBCLC certification in 1985.
  • In 2017, the IBCLC certification examination was administered in 17 languages in 842 test centre locations across 72 countries and territories.
  • The IBCLC certification programme holds the prestigious National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation, which is a mark of quality for certification programmes.
  • To earn NCCA accreditation, a certification programme must meet defined and objective standards pertaining to numerous aspects of its programme, including with respect to its examination.
  • Following typical professional certification examination processes, the IBCLC examination is based on data from a practise 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 practise analysis, a content outline or test blueprint was created. The IBCLC Detailed Content Outline has two dimensions: clinical presentation and skills topics and chronological periods.
  • Specific test questions are written by subject matter experts and are based on the IBCLC Detailed Content Outline.
  • The assessment process evaluates mastery of targeted knowledge.
  • The examination 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 peer-based judgement about the level of performance expected of an IBCLC.