Am I required to recertify?

The IBCLC recertification policy requires that certificants recertify by examination every ten years.

This re-examination policy is intended to periodically assess knowledge and cognitive skills related to lactation consulting. At the ten-year interval, the examination for all candidates is premised on a new practise analysis, capturing major developments in the field.

Please note: commencing with IBCLCs recertifying in 2022, the examination will remain an option for recertification but will no longer be a requirement. A self-assessment and required focused continuing education will be an option in lieu of examination at each five-year recertification period.