COVID-19 Weekly Updates Archive

Update as of October 23, 2020: The Deadline to Request a Deferral from a 2020 IBCLC Examination to 2021 is Coming Up on October 30, 2020

October 23, 2020
If you were approved for but unable to sit the 2020 IBCLC examination, please note that the deadline to request a deferral to an examination in 2021 through IBLCE’s extraordinary circumstances policy is coming up soon. Thank you noting that the…

Weekly Update as of October 6, 2020: Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2, and 3 Clinical Practise Requirements Extended through September 30, 2021

October 6, 2020
Due to the continued world-wide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, IBLCE’s Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology, originally issued in April 2020 and valid until November 2020, has been extended through September 30, 2021. Pathway 1, 2 &…

Update as of October 2, 2020: IBLCE announces key dates for the 2021 IBCLC examination administrations

October 2, 2020
The IBCLC examination is offered twice a year, in March (in English only) and in September (in all IBLCE languages). The schedule for application and administration of the 2021 IBCLC examination is as follows: The schedule to recertify by CERPs…

Update as of September 25, 2020: A message from the IBLCE team on the final day of the September 2020 examination

September 25, 2020
With the COVID-19’s impact on test centres around the world, the September 2020 IBCLC examination was hardly a typical examination administration. We have received a record-breaking number of inquiries this year, as we all worked through test centre closures, a…

Update as of September 16, 2020: The Deadline to Request a Deferral to an Examination in 2021 is October 30, 2020

September 16, 2020
Friendly Reminder—For September 2020 examination candidates, if you are unable to take the examination this year, you may be able to defer to an examination in 2021 through IBLCE’s extraordinary circumstances policy. Extraordinary circumstances include COVID-19 related concerns, such as…

Update as of September 11, 2020: Where to Find Resources to Prepare for your Examination

September 11, 2020
No matter how you’re taking the IBCLC examination, it’ll look a little different this year. We have collected many resources to assist you when it’s time to take your examination: If you have any questions, please contact the IBLCE location that serves…

Update as of September 4, 2020: Live Remote Proctoring Supplemental Guide Available

September 4, 2020
If you are taking the IBCLC examination via Live Remote Proctoring (LRP), we have a new resource for you: the Supplemental Guide for Live Remote Proctoring. The Guide collects what you need to know about preparing for and taking the…

Update as of September 4, 2020: Update to LRP ID Requirements

September 4, 2020
We have been informed by the testing vendor that bank / credit cards will not be accepted as a secondary form of ID for candidates taking the examination via Live Remote Proctoring (LRP). The complete ID policy for LRP is…

Update as of August 28, 2020: Examination Rescheduling/Cancellation Fees Information

August 28, 2020
Per IBLCE’s testing vendor, if your examination appointment is cancelled or rescheduled as a result of continued site closures or regional restrictions, you will not be charged in this circumstance and are entitled to one free reschedule for your examination.…

Update as of August 26, 2020: New appointment scheduling may be possible up to 24 hours before an available appointment

August 26, 2020
While your Examination Authorisation Email stated that you must schedule your IBCLC examination by September 3, 2020, you may have more flexibility this year. If an appointment is available, you may be able to schedule a new appointment up to…

Update as of August 24, 2020: Examination Authorisation Email and Scheduling Update/Tips

August 24, 2020
Almost all candidates have received their Examination Authorisation Email, and 73% of all candidates have successfully scheduled their September 2020 examination appointment. We do know that, for some, scheduling their examination will be challenging this year, as we are experiencing…

Update as of August 21, 2020: Deadline for Full or Partial Refund Requests Extended to August 31, 2020

August 21, 2020
In case you need more time to decide on the IBCLC examination option that is right for you, IBLCE has extended the deadline to request a partial or full refund until August 31, 2020. If deferral or withdrawal may be…

Update as of August 13, 2020: Deadline for Full or Partial Refund Requests Extended to August 22, 2020

August 13, 2020
IBLCE continues to send out examination authorisations, so keep a look out for yours. In case you need more time to decide on the IBCLC examination option that is right for you, IBLCE has extended the deadline to request a…

UPDATE as of August 7, 2020: Examination Scheduling Continues

August 7, 2020
Many candidates have now received their Examination Authorisation Email. IBLCE is continuing the process of disseminating the Examination Authorisation Emails and will continue to do so in the coming days. Thank you for your patience as we work on it.…

UPDATE as of July 31, 2020: New Test Centre Information Available in All IBLCE Languages

July 31, 2020
The COVID-19 Resources Centres in all IBLCE languages have been updated with new information about test centres, FAQs, Weekly Updates, and more! If you have questions about social distancing at test centres, or anything else related to this year’s examination…

UPDATE as of July 24, 2020: Scheduling Update

July 24, 2020
Many March/April candidates have now received their Examination Authorisation Email. These candidates have begun to schedule their examination with IBLCE’s third-party testing vendor, Prometric. IBLCE is continuing to send Examination Authorisation Emails regularly throughout July and August to the remainder…

UPDATE as of July 24, 2020: How to check if you successfully recertified by CERPs

July 24, 2020
If you submitted an application to recertify by CERPs, you can check in IBLCE’s online credential management system to see if you have successfully recertified. To check on your application status: Log into the online credential management system here. Click…

UPDATE as of July 17, 2020: Reminder: New LRP and Test Centre Details on the COVID-19 Resource Centre

July 17, 2020
There is a lot of new information about the 2020 IBCLC examination available at the IBLCE COVID-19 Resource Centre! Examination Authorisation Emails will be sent to candidates soon in July and August, and this information is available to help you…

UPDATE as of July 14, 2020: New Information Available about 2020 IBCLC Examination Options

July 15, 2020
Review new information that will help you make decisions about the IBCLC examination in September! First, check out the IBCLC Examination Options for an important overview of your options and things to consider when planning for the IBCLC examination this…

UPDATE as of July 10, 2020: Greater September 2020 IBCLC Examination Administration Information Available Next Week!

July 10, 2020
The COVID-19 situation continues to vary around the world and individuals’ personal, family, and professional circumstances vary as well. Candidates for the September 2020 IBCLC examination administration, including IBCLCs who are recertifying by examination this year, are encouraged to review…

UPDATE as of July 1, 2020: 2020 Examination Scheduling in the Coming Weeks

July 1, 2020
As shared with candidates in the May 28, 2020 IBLCE Informational Webinar, 2020 IBCLC examination candidates will be able to schedule their examination appointment in the coming weeks.   IBLCE will send the Examination Authorisation Emails to candidates from the rescheduled March/April 2020 examination…

UPDATE as of July 1, 2020: IBCLC Practice Examination will be Available in Mid-July.

July 1, 2020
The IBCLC practice examination will be available in Mid-July.  While we had previously announced that it would be ready in June in IBLCE’s May Webinar, the practice examination has been delayed due to a technical issue. We apologise for the…

UPDATE as of June 26, 2020: COVID-19 Resource Centre Live in All IBLCE Languages

June 26, 2020
The COVID-19 Resource Centre has been translated and is now live in other IBLCE languages. These pages will be updated regularly, approximately one week after the English page.  Please find the COVID-19 Resource Centre in your language:  繁体中文  Hrvatski  Dansk …

UPDATE as of June 16, 2020: Prometric Scheduling Email Sent to IBLCE Examination Candidates in Error – Please Disregard! 

June 16, 2020
A number of the IBCLC March/April 2020 candidates received an email from Prometric on June 15, 2020, inviting candidates to schedule their examinations. This email communication was a general notice to test takers that was sent in error by Prometric. It did not recognise the specific requirements for the IBCLC programme and was not intended…

UPDATE as of June 12, 2020: Check the Status of Your Application

June 12, 2020
If you applied to sit the September 2020 examination or to recertify by CERPs recently, thank you! You may be able to find answers to your application status questions by logging in to IBLCE’s new online credential management system. Please…

UPDATE as of June 4, 2020: Due to COVID-19, the deadline for applications for the September 2020 examination has been EXTENDED to Monday, June 15, 2020.

June 2, 2020
While we have emailed IBCLCs recertifying by examination multiple times, due to COVID-19, we are unable to mail the typical notices and have extended the deadline to apply for the examination the maximum extent feasible.  This will allow IBCLCs who need to…

UPDATE as of May 28, 2020: Examination Window will be September 8 – 25, 2020 for all 2020 Examination Candidates.

May 28, 2020
The examination window for the rescheduled March/April examination is September 8 – 25, 2020.  This is also then the examination window for the September 2020 examination candidates. ← Back to the IBLCE COVID-19 Resource Centre

UPDATE as of May 13: For March/April 2020 IBCLC Examination Candidates

May 13, 2020
We understand that some employers may request clarification about the reasons why the March/April 2020 IBCLC Examination was postponed. To clarify this, IBLCE can provide you and/or your employer with a letter that explains the reasons why the examination was…

UPDATE as of May 9, 2020: News for Initial Candidates

May 9, 2020
IBLCE issued an Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2, and 3 Clinical Practise Requirements. This replaces the guidance issued on April 17, 2020. Please see the announcement explaining this update here. The Pathway 3 Plan Guide was…

UPDATE as of April 22, 2020: News for March/April 2020 IBCLC Examination Candidates

April 22, 2020
Please see this important update for March/April 2020 IBCLC examination candidates. ← Back to the IBLCE COVID-19 Resource Centre Weekly Update Archive

UPDATE as of March 17, 2020: News from IBLCE’s third-party testing vendor

March 17, 2020
Please see this update from IBLCE regarding potential communications from its testing partner, Prometric. ← Back to the IBLCE COVID-19 Resource Centre Weekly Update Archive

UPDATE as of March 13, 2020: March/April 2020 IBCLC Examination Administration

March 13, 2020
As the organisation devoted to the professionals who care for breastfeeding families all over the globe, both health and family are important to IBLCE.  As you are undoubtedly aware, the COVID-19 virus is creating significant issues and challenges for many…

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