Application Information

The April 2018 IBCLC examination application is now open!
Application deadline is November 15th, 2017.


October 2017 Examination Applications are now closed.


Already Activated your Online Account?  Go directly to the IBLCE Credential Management System Login Page and enter your Username and Password.

Never Logged into the System?  You will need to create an online account. Click on the “New or First Time User” link on the Login Page.

Online Application Guide: For a step-by-step walkthrough of the online certification process, please review the Credential Manager Guide for Initial Candidates_2017.

Application Fees: In order to make its certification 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 fees can be found in the Candidate Information Guide and the Fee Schedule.

Deadlines & Exam Dates:  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
    • 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
  • Clinical Practice

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.

How do I pay  when using the online application system?
The system accepts payment by credit card  and prepaid credit card. Mastercard, VISA, American Express and Discover cards are accepted. Payment is accepted in US dollars only. Payment in other currencies will be converted to US dollars based on the exchange rate for the date of transaction.