COVID-19 Weekly Updates Archive

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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