COVID-19 Weekly Updates Archive

Update as of November 22, 2022: March/April 2022 Certificates

November 22, 2022
The mailing of March/April 2022 IBCLC certificates has begun. Nearly 1,200 certificates will be sent by post to IBCLCs around the world beginning this week!  Thank you for patience due to the delay. Please note that these certificates are being…

IBLCE’s Online Credential Management System is Now Available

November 22, 2022
IBLCE’s online credential management system is now available. The technical issue is resolved, and you are once again able to log in to your personalised account. We apologise for the inconvenience.

IBLCE’s Online Credential Management System is Temporarily Unavailable for Technical Issues

November 21, 2022
Please be aware that IBLCE’s online credential management system is currently unavailable. During this time, you will be unable to log in to your personalised account. When the issue is resolved and service is restored, we will post an update…

Update as of November 7, 2022: Continuing Education Self-Assessment Now Available to IBCLCs Due to Recertify in 2023

November 7, 2022
The IBCLC Continuing Education (CE) Self-Assessment is now available to all IBCLCs due to recertify in 2023. The CE Self-Assessment is required for all IBCLCs who choose to recertify by CERPs.  IBCLCs due to recertify in 2023 were sent an…

Update as of September 30, 2022: The Deadline to Recertify by CERPs Is Extended to October 31, 2022

September 30, 2022
As this is the first year candidates can Recertify by CERPs with the CE Self-Assessment, IBLCE has extended the recertification deadline for one time only for candidates recertifying in 2022. Candidates who need to renew their IBCLC credential in 2022…

Update as of September 22, 2022: What Comes Next for September 2022 Examination Candidates?

September 22, 2022
Once your examination is over, you may wonder what happens next. We have outlined what will be happening over the next few months so you can know what to expect. Examination Analysis & Scoring Once the examination administration closes, the…

Update as of September 9, 2022: A Reminder About IBCLC Examination Breaks

September 9, 2022
As shared in your Examination Authorisation Email, in Examination Reminder emails, on the COVID-19 Resource Centre, on the LRP Information page, in Examination FAQs and COVID-19 FAQs on the IBLCE website, and in the Supplemental Guide for Live Remote Proctoring…

Update as of September 1, 2022: Final ID Policy Reminder

September 1, 2022
If you are taking the September 2022 IBCLC examination, it’s important that you review the IBLCE ID policy and check your IDs! To gain admission to the examination, candidates must present TWO (2) forms of identification. The first and last…

Update as of August 29, 2022: The Continuing Education Self-Assessment is Coming Soon for 2023 Recertification by CERPs

August 29, 2022
Are you due to recertify in 2023? In December 2021, IBLCE announced a periodic revision to the updated Detailed Content Outline (DCO), effective 2023, and consequently, IBLCE is revising the CE Self-Assessment to be in alignment with the updated DCO.…

Update as of August 19, 2022: Review of IBLCE’s ID Policy

August 19, 2022
If you are taking the September 2022 IBCLC examination, it’s important that you review the IBLCE ID policy and check your IDs! To gain admission to the examination, candidates must present TWO (2) forms of identification. The first and last…

Update as of August 12, 2022: September 2022 Examination Scheduling Update

August 12, 2022
Scheduling is underway for most September 2022 IBCLC examination candidates. IBLCE is continuing to send examination authorisation emails regularly throughout August to the remainder of the approved September candidates.  To date, 86% of candidates who have received their authorisation have…

Update as of July 29, 2022: Updated IBCLC Registry Now Available

July 29, 2022
IBLCE’s Public Registry has been updated to include certification updates from the March/April 2022 IBCLC examination administration and recertification by CERPs as of July 1, 2022. Thank you to all IBCLCs around the world for your incredible commitment to supporting breastfeeding families! For…

Update as of July 22, 2022: IBLCE Begins Sending September 2022 Examination Authorisation Emails

July 22, 2022
IBLCE has begun sending Examination Authorisation Emails to September 2022 candidates and will continue sending them throughout July and August until all approved candidates have received them. We will post regular status updates on the IBLCE COVID-19 Resource Centre about authorisation emails…

Update as of July 15, 2022: Next Steps for September 2022 IBCLC Examination Candidates

July 15, 2022
If you applied to sit the September 2022 IBCLC examination, thank you for your commitment to professional lactation care! After you submit your application, you may be wondering what comes next. Please read below to learn more about the process…

Update as of July 8, 2022: Final 2021 Certificate Update

July 8, 2022
The mailing of September 2021 IBCLC examination and recertification by CERPs certificates is now complete. Over 6,000 certificates have been sent by post and are on the way to IBCLCs around the world! Please note that these certificates are being…

Update as of June 30, 2022: The Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2 and 3 Clinical Practice Requirements is extended to September 30, 2023

June 30, 2022
The Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2 and 3 Clinical Practice Requirements is extended to September 30, 2023, due to the sustained impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance will be updated on…

Update as of June 29, 2022: IBLCE 2023 Key Examination and Recertification by CERPs Dates Announced

June 29, 2022
The IBCLC examination is offered twice a year, in March and/or April (English) and in September (in all IBLCE languages). The schedule for application and administration of the 2023 IBCLC examination is as follows: Application Dates for the March 2023…

Update as of June 23, 2022: March/April 2022 IBCLC Examination Results are Available Online

June 23, 2022
As of today, examination results for the March/April 2022 examination administration have been released and are ready for candidates to view in their online accounts. All March/April 2022 candidates must log in to their online credential management account to access…

Update as of June 22, 2022: The Release of March/April 2022 Examination Results Has Begun

June 22, 2022
Over 1,500 candidates from approximately 50 countries sat the March/April 2022 IBCLC examination. IBLCE began releasing examination results to candidates in their online credential management account today. Releasing the examination results is an intensive process; therefore, it will take approximately…

Update as of June 14, 2022: Scheduled Maintenance in IBLCE’s Online Credential Management System

June 14, 2022
If you log in to IBLCE’s online credential management system, you may notice some small changes. This is due to scheduled maintenance on the system. If you have any questions about your personalised account, please contact the IBLCE location that…

Update as of June 1, 2022: IBLCE’s Online Credential Management System Issue Resolved and Deadline to Apply for the September 2022 IBCLC Examination Extended Through June 2, 2022

June 1, 2022
IBLCE’s online credential management system is once again successfully processing all payments, including applications for the September 2022 IBCLC examination. Thank you for your patience while we resolved this issue. To compensate for the 12 hours when the system was…

Update as of May 31, 2022: IBLCE’s Online Credential Management System Experiencing Technical Issue and the September 2022 IBCLC Application Deadline Will Be Extended

May 31, 2022
IBLCE’s online credential management system is experiencing a technical error affecting all payments, including applications for the September 2022 IBCLC examination. IBLCE is aware of the issue and is actively working to resolve it as soon as possible. IBLCE will…

Update as of May 26, 2022: 2021 Certificate Update

May 26, 2022
Due to supply chain issues, IBLCE experienced a delay in printing certificates for the September 2021 IBCLC examination and recertification by CERPs. However, IBLCE is now in the process of printing and preparing certificates for IBCLCs who recertified by CERPs…

Update as of May 4, 2022: Access to the Continuing Education (CE) Self-Assessment for Candidates Due to Recertify in 2023 and Beyond

May 4, 2022
In December 2021, IBLCE announced a periodic revision to the updated Detailed Content Outline (DCO), effective 2023, and consequently, IBLCE is revising the CE Self-Assessment to be in alignment with the updated DCO. Candidates due to recertify in 2023 are…

Update as of May 2, 2022: IBLCE is continuing to require the wearing of masks by examinees while taking the IBCLC examination at testing centres

May 3, 2022
As a healthcare organisation devoted to global public health, and which works with a vulnerable population who in many cases cannot be vaccinated, IBLCE is continuing to require the wearing of masks by examinees while taking the IBCLC examination at…

Update as of April 22, 2022: Applications are now open for the September 2022 IBCLC examination and for Recertification by CERPs

April 22, 2022
Applications are now open in all languages on the IBLCE website! Applications for the September 2022 IBCLC Examination Application deadline:  June 1, 2022Examination window: September 14 – 23, 2022Apply here! The September 2022 examination is offered worldwide in all IBLCE…

Update as of April 19, 2022: IBLCE’s Online Credential Management System Available

April 19, 2022
IBLCE’s online credential management system is once again available. If you have any questions about your personalised account, please contact the IBLCE location that serves you. ← Back to the COVID-19 Resource Page

Update as of April 14, 2022: Scheduled Maintenance in IBLCE’s Online Credential Management System

April 14, 2022
IBLCE’s online credential management system is currently down for scheduled maintenance. We will announce when it is once again available. If you have any questions about your personalised account, please contact the IBLCE location that serves you. ← Back to the COVID-19 Resource…

Update as of April 8, 2022: Does IBLCE Have Your Current Email on File?

April 8, 2022
We can’t stay in touch with you if you don’t stay in touch with us! The best way to reach the thousands of IBCLCs around the world is via email. Be sure to receive email from us by updating your…

Update as of March 28, 2022: September 2022 IBCLC Examination Applications & Applications to Recertify by CERPs Will Open on April 19, 2022

March 28, 2022
Applications for the September 2022 IBCLC examination and applications to recertify by CERPs will open on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Applications for the September 2022 IBCLC Examination Application Window:  April 19 – June 1, 2022Examination Window: September 14 – 23,…

Update as of March 18, 2022: Reminders for March/April IBCLC Examination Candidates

March 18, 2022
If you are registered to sit the March/April 2022 IBCLC examination, review the information available on the IBLCE website and the website of our third-party testing vendor and check the email account that you have on file with IBLCE. If…

Update as of March 4, 2022: September 2021 Certificates

March 4, 2022
As COVID restrictions are lifting in many parts of the world, and now that all April/May 2021 certificates have been posted, preparations are underway to send certificates and ID cards to candidates who certified/recertified at the September 2021 IBCLC examination and…

Update as of February 25, 2022: Review of IBLCE’s ID Policy

February 25, 2022
If you are taking the March/April 2022 IBCLC examination, it’s important that you review the IBLCE ID policy and check your IDs! To gain admission to the examination, candidates must present TWO (2) forms of identification. The first and last…

Update as of February 18, 2022: March/April 2022 Examination Scheduling Update

February 18, 2022
To date, 76% of the candidates who have received their authorisation have successfully scheduled their examination appointment. You can follow scheduling progress at the March/April 2022 IBCLC Examination Candidate Dashboard. If you have received your Examination Authorisation Email but have not…

Update as of February 11, 2022: IBLCE Is Beginning to Send March/April 2022 Examination Authorisation Emails

February 11, 2022
IBLCE is now sending the Examination Authorisation Emails to March/April 2022 candidates.  A number of candidates received their authorisation today. IBLCE is working to finalise remaining details and send authorisations to all candidates soon. We will post regular status updates…

Update as of February 1, 2022: April 2021 Certificates

February 1, 2022
The mailing of April 2021 IBCLC certificates is now complete. Nearly 1,700 certificates have been sent by post and are on the way to IBCLCs around the world! Please note that these certificates are being mailed worldwide and delivery time…

Update as of January 28, 2022: Updated IBCLC Registry Now Available

January 28, 2022
IBLCE’s Public Registry has been updated to include certification updates from the September 2021 IBCLC examination administration and recertification by CERPs as of January 1, 2022. As of January 1, 2022, there are now over 34,000 IBCLCs in 129 countries. Thank you to…

Update as of January 14, 2022: Retired Status Application Is Now Available in All IBLCE Languages

January 14, 2022
The application to apply for the new Retired Status is open in all IBLCE languages. IBCLCs due to recertify in 2022, IBCLCs who lapsed in 2021, and former IBCLCs whose certification expired between 2010 and 2020 can apply for this…

Update as of January 7, 2022: Next Steps for March/April 2022 IBCLC Examination Candidates

January 7, 2022
If you applied to sit the March/April 2022 IBCLC examination, thank you for your commitment to professional evidence-based lactation care! After you submit your application, you may be wondering what comes next. Please read below to learn more about the…

Update as of December 30, 2021: End-of-Year Message from IBLCE

December 30, 2021
Happy Holidays from IBLCE During this challenging time, support for breastfeeding families is more important than ever. We thank you for your continued commitment to families and wish you peace, health, and cheer in the New Year. Congratulations There are…

Update as of December 23, 2021: Upcoming IBLCE Observed Holidays

December 23, 2021
Friday, December 24, and Friday, December 31,2021, are IBLCE observed holidays. IBLCE is open on December 27 – 30, 2021 and from Monday, January 3, 2022. In the meantime, we hope the information below may help you with your enquiries:…

Update as of December 17, 2021: IBLCE Announces New Plan Setting Organisational Strategic Direction

December 17, 2021
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) is pleased to announce its bold new strategic plan for organisational advancement through 2025.  IBLCE commenced the process in late 2019 and while somewhat delayed due to the global pandemic, IBLCE is…

Update as of December 15, 2021: September 2021 IBCLC Examination Results are Available Online

December 15, 2021
As of today, examination results for the September 2021 examination administration have been released and are ready for candidates to view in their online accounts. The online credential management system is available in English, Spanish, and German. For all other…

Update as of December 13, 2021: The Release of September 2021 Examination Results Has Begun

December 13, 2021
Over 4,700 candidates from 86 countries sat the September 2021 IBCLC examination. IBLCE began releasing examination results to candidates in their online credential management account today. Releasing the examination results is an intensive process; therefore, it will take approximately 72…

Update as of December 10, 2021: Issue Resolved and Applications for the March/April 2022 IBCLC Examination

December 10, 2021
The technical issue, related to a larger web issue, that affected applications for the March/April 2022 IBCLC examination this week has been resolved. Please note that if you submitted payment for your examination between December 7 – 8, you may…

Update as of December 9, 2021: Updated International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Detailed Content Outline Now Available

December 9, 2021
As a best practice, certification organizations periodically conduct a practice analysis, also called a job analysis or role delineation study.  The practice analysis serves as the foundation for a certification examination. The practice analysis is conducted by subject matter experts…

Update as of December 7, 2021: March/April 2022 IBCLC Examination Applications Extended through December 9, 2021

December 7, 2021
Due to a technical issue in the system beginning today, related to a larger web issue, applications for the March/April 2022 IBCLC examination have been extended through Thursday, December 9, 2021. Due to this technical issue, after you submit your…

Update as of December 6, 2021: Scheduled Maintenance in IBLCE’s Online Credential Management System

December 6, 2021
If you log in to IBLCE’s online credential management system, you may notice some small changes. This is due to scheduled maintenance in the system. This maintenance will not affect applications for the March/April 2022 IBCLC examination. If you have…

Update as of December 1, 2021: The Continuing Education Self-Assessment is Now Available in All IBLCE Languages

December 1, 2021
As previously announced, the Continuing Education Self-Assessment is now available in all IBLCE languages to all IBCLCs due to recertify in 2022. Eligible IBCLCs who are due to recertify in 2022 have received an email with additional information. If you…

Update as of November 19, 2021: Continuing Education Self-Assessment Coming Soon for IBCLCs Due to Recertify in 2022

November 19, 2021
As previously shared, the IBCLC Continuing Education (CE) Self-Assessment will be available in all IBLCE languages by the end of November for IBCLCs due to recertify in 2022. Eligible IBCLCs who are due to recertify in 2022 will receive an…

Update as of November 12, 2021: About One Month Remains to Apply for the March/April 2022 IBCLC Examination

November 12, 2021
Applications for the March/April 2022 IBCLC examination will be available for about one more month: Application Deadline:  December 7, 2021Examination Administration: March 23 – April 1, 2022Apply here! Initial candidates can learn more about how to apply here. Recertifying candidates can learn…

Update as of November 4, 2021: Reminders for Initial and Recertifying IBCLC Candidates in 2022

November 4, 2021
March/April 2022 IBCLC Examination Applications are Now Open Applications are now open for the March/April 2022 IBCLC examination. Apply in IBLCE’s online credential management system by December 7, 2021. Initial candidates can learn more about how to apply here. Recertifying candidates…

Update as of October 29, 2021: Continuing Education Self-Assessment Now Available to IBCLCs Due to Recertify in 2022

October 29, 2021
Beginning in 2022, IBCLCs must meet three requirements every five years to recertify: Requirement 1: Basic Life Support Education Requirement 2: 250 Hours of Practice in Lactation Consulting Requirement 3: Select & Complete One Recertification Method There are now two recertification…

Update as of October 27, 2021: Applications are now open for the March/April 2022 examination

October 27, 2021
Applications are now open on the IBLCE website! Application deadline:  December 7, 2021Examination administration: March 23 – April 1, 2022Apply here! You can apply for the March/April 2022 IBCLC examination between now and December 7, 2021. Initial candidates can learn more about…

Update as of October 22, 2021: News for 2022 IBCLC Examination Candidates

October 22, 2021
As you make your plans regarding the 2022 IBCLC examination, we have some updates on the testing modalities and candidate financial options for you to consider. IBLCE has implemented the following options to help you make an informed decision about…

Update as of October 20, 2021: Retired Status Application is Now Open

October 20, 2021
The application to apply for the new Retired Status is now open. There are two applications depending on your current certification status: If you are a current IBCLC, you can apply here. If you were an IBCLC whose certification expired…

Update as of October 19, 2021: The Continuing Education Self-Assessment is Coming Soon

October 19, 2021
Are you due to recertify in 2022? The Continuing Education Self-Assessment (CE Self-Assessment) will launch by the end of October 2021 in English, and other IBLCE languages will follow. Beginning in 2022, you have the option to recertify by CERPs…

Update as of October 15, 2021: New Updates Coming Soon

October 15, 2021
There are important updates in progress! We will provide additional updates soon about the Retired Status Application, the Continuing Education Self-Assessment, and 2020 Certificates. If you have any questions, you can reach out to the IBLCE location that serves you. Thank you!…

Update as of October 8, 2021: What Comes Next for September 2021 Examination Candidates?

October 8, 2021
Now that the examination is over, you may be wondering what happens next. We have outlined what will be happening over the next few months so you can know what to expect. Examination Scoring & Analysis Once the examination administration…

Update as of October 1, 2021: September 2020 Certificates

October 1, 2021
The mailing of September 2020 certificates is wrapping up. Over 5,000 certificates have been sent by post and are on the way to IBCLCs around the world! The following certificates have already been sent: Certificates for all initial candidates in…

Update as of September 29, 2021: The Application for Retired Status is Coming in Mid-October

September 29, 2021
As announced previously, the Retired Status is a new option that allows retired IBCLCs to stay connected to IBLCE and to recognise their years of service as an IBCLC. While originally scheduled to open in September, this new status is…

Update as of September 24, 2021: Recertification by CERPs Reminders

September 24, 2021
There is less than one week left to recertify by CERPs – if you are due to recertify, be sure to complete your application by September 30, 2021. Learn more about recertification by CERPs here. Candidates can apply in IBLCE’s online credential management system in…

Update as of September 17, 2021: A Reminder About IBCLC Examination Breaks

September 17, 2021
As shared in your Examination Authorisation Email, in Examination Reminder emails, on the COVID-19 Resource Centre, on the LRP Information page, in Examination FAQs and COVID-19 FAQs on the IBLCE website, and in the Supplemental Guide for Live Remote Proctoring…

Update as of September 13, 2021: The First Batch of 2020 Certificates is in the Mail

September 13, 2021
As announced, IBLCE will be mailing the certificates and ID cards for new and recertifying IBCLCs from 2020 in batches throughout September – and the first batch of over 3,000 certificates and ID cards are now in the mail and…

Update as of September 9, 2021: Recertification by CERPs Reminders

September 9, 2021
There are only three weeks left to recertify by CERPs – if you are due to recertify, be sure to complete your application by September 30, 2021. Learn more about recertification by CERPs here. Candidates can apply in IBLCE’s online…

Update as of September 3, 2021: Updated IBCLC Registry Now Available

September 3, 2021
IBLCE’s Public Registry has been updated to include certification updates from the April/May 2021 IBCLC examination administration and recertification by CERPs as of August 1, 2021. For IBCLCs who need to verify their certification with their employer or other stakeholders seeking to…

Update as of August 31, 2021: 2020 Certificates Update

August 31, 2021
As announced in July, IBLCE is now, in late August, in the process of printing, packaging and mailing certificates and ID cards to new and recertifying IBCLCs from 2020. Due to issues associated with COVID-19 variants and revised protocols, certificates…

Update as of August 27, 2021: September 2021 Examination Scheduling Update

August 27, 2021
To date, 90% of the candidates who have received their authorisation have successfully scheduled their examination appointment. You can follow scheduling progress at the September 2021 IBCLC Examination Candidate Dashboard. This does, however, remain a highly dynamic environment, which continues to…

Update as of August 19, 2021: Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2, and 3 Clinical Practice Requirements Extended through September 30, 2022

August 19, 2021
Due to the continued worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, IBLCE’s Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2, and 3 Clinical Practice Requirements, originally issued in April 2020 and valid until September 30, 2021,…

Update as of August 13, 2021: September 2021 Examination Scheduling Update

August 13, 2021
Scheduling is underway for most September 2021 IBCLC examination candidates. IBLCE is continuing to send Examination Authorisation Emails regularly throughout August to the remainder of the approved September candidates.  To date, 81% of candidates who have received their authorisation have…

UPDATE as of July 30, 2021: September 2021 Examination Scheduling Update

July 30, 2021
Scheduling has begun for some candidates for the September 2021 IBCLC examination. IBLCE is continuing to send Examination Authorisation Emails regularly throughout July and August to the remainder of the approved September candidates.  As a global organisation serving over 5,000…

Update as of July 28, 2021: IBLCE Customer Service

July 28, 2021
IBLCE’s customer service team is here for you and available to answer your certification and recertification questions. You can find the IBLCE location that serves you here. For candidates served by the Americas & Israel location: Thank you for noting the…

UPDATE as of July 26, 2021: Certificates Update

July 26, 2021
Congratulations to new IBCLCs as well as those who recertified! After delays associated with the logistics of providing mailed certificates during a pandemic, preparations are underway to send the certificates and ID cards first to candidates who became certified or recertified…

Update as of July 23, 2021: April/May 2021 IBCLC Examination Results are Available Online

July 23, 2021
As of today, examination results for the April/May 2021 examination administration are released and ready for candidates to view in their online accounts. All April/May 2021 candidates must log in to their online credential management account to access their results.…

Update as of July 22, 2021: Update on Release of April/May 2021 IBCLC Examination Results

July 22, 2021
Over 2,000 candidates from 58 countries sat the April/May 2021 IBCLC examination. IBLCE has begun releasing examination results to candidates in their online credential management account this week. This process takes time, and we appreciate your patience. Releasing the examination…

Update as of July 19, 2021: April/May 2021 Examination Results Will Be Available Online This Month

July 19, 2021
As announced, April/May 2021 IBCLC examination results will be provided online in July. IBLCE will provide the pass/fail results and your score report in your online credential management account. As we prepare for the release of the examination results, you…

Update as of July 15, 2021: IBLCE Begins Sending September 2021 Examination Authorisation Emails

July 15, 2021
IBLCE has begun sending Examination Authorisation Emails to September 2021 candidates and will continue sending authorisations throughout July and August until all approved candidates have received them.   The authorisation email contains important information needed for scheduling your examination. Please do…

Update as of July 9, 2021: More News Coming Soon for April/May and September 2021 IBCLC Examination Candidates

July 9, 2021
As previously announced, IBLCE will begin sending Examination Authorisation Emails in July to approved September 2021 IBCLC examination candidates. Additionally, IBLCE will have updates soon regarding the release of April/May 2021 IBCLC examination scores. More details will be available soon.…

Update as of July 1, 2021: IBLCE 2022 Key Examination and Recertification by CERPs Dates Announced

July 1, 2021
The IBCLC examination is offered twice a year, in March/April (English) and in September (in all IBLCE languages). The schedule for application and administration of the 2022 IBCLC examination is as follows: Application Dates for the March/April 2022 Examination:October 26…

Update as of June 25, 2021: Does IBLCE Have Your Current Email on File?

June 25, 2021
We can’t stay in touch with you, if you don’t stay in touch with us! Our primary way of contacting you is by email. You can update your contact information by logging on to IBLCE’s online credential management system. Please…

Update as of June 16, 2021: Review of IBLCE’s ID Policy

June 16, 2021
If you are taking the September 2021 IBCLC examination, it’s not too early to review the IBLCE ID policy and check your IDs! To gain admission to the examination, candidates must present TWO (2) forms of identification. The first and…

Update as of June 8, 2021: Timeline for Scheduling your September 2021 IBCLC Examination

June 8, 2021
Applications for the September 2021 IBCLC examination closed on June 4, 2021. IBLCE receives thousands of applications in 17 languages, so it takes time to review and approve them. You may be able to find answers to your application status…

Update as of June 3, 2021: Apply for the September 2021 IBCLC Examination by Friday, June 4, 2021

June 3, 2021
If you are interested in taking the September 2021 IBCLC examination, time is running out to apply! Applications forthe examination will close this Friday, June 4, 2021. Apply in English, German, and Spanish in our online credential management system here.…

Update as of May 27, 2021: Application Window for September 2021 Examination Extended to Friday, June 4, 2021

May 27, 2021
The deadline to apply for the September 2021 examination has been EXTENDED to Friday, June 4, 2021. You can apply in English, German, and Spanish in our online credential management system or find the application in other IBLCE languages on…

Update as of May 27, 2021: IBCLC Retired Status Applications Will Open in September

May 27, 2021
Looking for a way to stay connected to the IBCLC community after you retire? The IBCLC Retired status is a new designation as of 2021 that allows retired IBCLCs to stay connected to IBLCE and to recognise their years of…

Update as of May 17, 2021: Update on IBCLC Certificates

May 17, 2021
As health restrictions are lifting, the logistics of mailing IBCLC certificates will be feasible soon. IBLCE is preparing for the mailing of certificates for both the 2020 and April/May 2021 IBCLC examination administrations. IBLCE first anticipates mailing IBCLC certificates and…

Update as of May 14, 2021: Learn More about the Test Centre and “Pop-up Site” Testing Network for the September 2021 IBCLC Examination

May 14, 2021
Through IBLCE’s testing vendor, IBCLC examination candidates have access to over 500 testing centres in 88 countries, one of the largest global testing networks. To see locations of testing centres, visit the Prometric website to search for your preferred location…

Update as of May 7, 2021: Next Steps for September 2021 IBCLC Examination Candidates

May 7, 2021
If you applied to sit the September 2021 IBCLC examination, thank you for your commitment to professional evidence-based lactation care! After you submit your application, you may be wondering what comes next. Please read below to learn more about the…

Update as of April 30, 2021: September 2021 IBCLC Examination Candidate Dashboard Now Available!

April 30, 2021
Created as a helpful tool for you, the September 2021 Examination Candidate Dashboard is now available!  Like the Dashboard for the April/May 2021 examination administration, the September Dashboard is a resource to help IBCLC examination candidates track where you are…

Update as of April 16, 2021: Update on IBCLC Retired and Inactive Status in 2021 for IBCLCs who do not plan to recertify.

April 16, 2021
IBLCE announced on our website and in briefings beginning June 2019 that it is introducing two new options in 2021 for IBCLCs who do not plan to recertify when their certification expires: IBCLC Retired Status and Inactive Status. Like many…

Update as of April 2, 2021: New April/May 2021 Examination Candidate Dashboard Shows Scheduling Progress

April 2, 2021
IBLCE has a new resource for IBCLC examination candidates: the April/May 2021 Examination Candidate Dashboard. Here, you can track where we are in the process – from application to providing your results – and important deadlines to remember. As of…

Update as of March 26, 2021: IBCLC Certificates Update for 2020 and 2021

March 26, 2021
IBLCE continues to work to provide IBCLC certificates and will be providing both digital and printed IBCLC certificates later this year to both new and recertifying IBCLCs from 2020 and 2021. We will post updates on the IBLCE COVID-19 Resource…

Update as of March 19, 2021: IBLCE Begins to Send April/May 2021 Examination Authorisation Emails

March 19, 2021
IBLCE is now sending Examination Authorisation Emails to April/May 2021 candidates and will continue sending them over the next several weeks until all approved candidates have received them. We will post regular status updates on the IBLCE COVID-19 Resource Centre…

Weekly Update as of March 12, 2021: Examination Authorisation Emails coming soon

March 12, 2021
2021 continues to be fluid, as impacts from the continued pandemic affect a number of people. We are finalising details so that scheduling for the April/May 2021 IBCLC examination can begin. Sending the April/May Examination Authorisation Emails is a top…

Update as of March 5, 2021: More news coming soon for April/May 2021 IBCLC examination candidates

March 5, 2021
As previously announced, examination authorisation emails will be going out soon to approved April/May 2021 IBCLC examination candidates. More details about scheduling will be available next week. ← Back to the COVID-19 Resource Page

Update as of February 24, 2021: Examination Authorisation Emails coming in March

February 24, 2021
April/May 2021 IBCLC examination candidates, IBLCE will begin sending Examination Authorisation Emails in early March. Authorisation emails will be sent over several weeks until all authorised candidates have received them. Your Examination Authorisation Email contains important details for scheduling your…

Update as of February 20, 2021: IBCLC Public Registry Search by Name Now Available and Update for IBCLCs who Certified/Recertified in 2020

February 20, 2021
IBLCE’s previous IBCLC Public Registry has been made available to enable you and IBLCE  stakeholders to search and verify IBCLC credentials by name and/or credential number (L-#). This previous Registry has been updated to include 2020 certifications and recertifications and…

Update as of February 12, 2021: New Updates Coming Soon

February 12, 2021
There are important updates in progress for both IBCLCs who certified/recertified in 2020 and 2021 candidates. We will provide additional updates next week. If you have any questions, you can reach out to the IBLCE location that serves you. Thank…

Update as of February 4, 2021: 2020 IBCLC Certificates and ID Cards Status Update

February 4, 2021
In December 2020, IBLCE communicated in an update on the IBLCE COVID-19 Resource Centre, as well as to examination candidates via email that there are several options for certification verification and that we are actively researching certificate options to be…

Update as of January 28, 2021: Updated IBCLC registry now available

January 28, 2021
IBLCE’s Public Registry has been updated to include certification updates from the 2020 IBCLC examination and recertification by CERPs. In addition to updates based on 2020 certifications/recertifications, IBLCE has also migrated to a new system. The registry is now linked…

Update as of January 21, 2021: IBLCE Customer Service

January 21, 2021
IBLCE’s customer service team is here for you and available to answer your certification and recertification questions. You can find the IBLCE location that serves you here. For candidates served by the Americas & Israel location: Thank you for noting…

Update as of January 12, 2021: Important news for all 2021 IBCLC examination candidates: Live Remote Proctoring, your financial options, and extended deadline for the April/May examination

January 12, 2021
As you make your plans regarding the 2021 IBCLC examination, we have some updates on the testing modalities and candidate financial options for you to consider. To give candidates more time to review these new options, the deadline to apply…

Weekly Update as of December 18, 2020: September 2020 IBCLC Examination Results are Available Online

December 19, 2020
As previously announced, due to COVID-19 IBLCE is only providing examination results and score reports in the online credential management system. As of today, examination results for the September 2020 examination administration are released and ready for candidates to view…

Update as of December 16, 2020: Update on Release of 2020 IBCLC Examination Results

December 16, 2020
Over 5,100 candidates from 87 countries sat the September 2020 IBCLC examination. IBLCE is pleased to release online examination results to candidates this year, including score reports and translated instructions for how to access them through the online credential management…

Update as of December 10, 2020: News regarding the dissemination of examination results, recertification packets, and IBCLC certificates

December 13, 2020
We appreciate your commitment to the IBCLC certification – and we understand that verifying this certification is important to you, your employer, and stakeholders. Like so many other things this year, the dissemination of IBCLC examination results and recertification by…

Update as of December 10, 2020: News Regarding September 2020 Examination Results – New Online Format Coming

December 10, 2020
As announced, IBCLC examination results will be provided online this month. IBLCE will provide the pass/fail results and your score report in your online credential management account, which is available in English, Spanish, and German. For all other IBLCE languages,…

Important Update as of November 5, 2020: News Regarding the March 2021 IBCLC Examination Administration

November 5, 2020
As you know, this is a dynamic time with a number of emerging and variable factors. IBLCE is working to respond to them to enhance our stakeholders’ experience and to facilitate informed decision making with respect to your choices as…

UPDATE as of October 30, 2020: Interim Guidance Now Available in All IBLCE Languages

October 30, 2020
The Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2, & 3 Clinical Practise Requirements is now available in ALL IBLCE languages. Find more information in your language: English 繁体中文  Hrvatski  Dansk  Nederlands  Français  Deutsch  ελληνικά …

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 April/May (in English only) and in September (in all IBLCE languages). The schedule for application and administration of the 2021 IBCLC examination is as follows: Apply for the April/May 2021 examination:Dec.…

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: Test Centre Resources Live Remote Proctoring Resources • 2020 Test Centre…

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
Update as of December 14, 2020: Some features of the online credential management system are down for maintenance. For a few days, you may not be able to view the “My Credentials” tab. It will be restored soon. Please check…

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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