What financial options do I have if I need to withdraw or cancel my examination appointment?

IBLCE has several options available to you regarding withdrawing or cancelling your examination appointment.  Please view this chart of your options and contact the IBLCE location which serves you with any questions. 

2021 IBCLC Examination Candidate Financial Options for Withdrawing/Cancelling Examination Appointment​ 

WhoWhatWhen
ALL Approved Candidates (April/May and September) ​  Partial Refund ​
(50% of fees paid)
April/May Candidates: Submit request to IBLCE by April 19, 2021. 

September Candidates: Submit request to IBLCE by September 1, 2021.
INITIAL Approved Candidates (April/May and September)  

This also applies to those who were deferred from the 2020 examinations.
Defer fees to one of the next two examinations* 

*Candidates must apply and meet the certification requirements in the year that they sit the examination.
Submit request with documented extraordinary circumstances* before your examination date or within 30 days after the examination window.
RECERTIFYING BY EXAMINATION
Approved Candidates (April/May and September)  

This also applies to those IBCLCs who were deferred from the 2020 examinations.
Defer fees to one of the next two examinations* and receive a one-year certification extension to December 31, 2022.

*Candidates must apply and meet the recertification requirements in the year that they sit the examination.
Submit request with documented extraordinary circumstances* and 15 L-CERPs before your examination date or within 30 days after the examination window.
ALL Approved Candidates (April/May and September)  

This also applies to those who were deferred from the 2020 examinations.
Full Refund April/May Candidates: Submit request to IBLCE by April 19, 2021 with documented extraordinary circumstances*.

September Candidates: Submit request to IBLCE by September 1, 2021 with documented extraordinary circumstances*.

Those who were deferred from the 2020 examinations and wish to request a full refund do not need to submit a new full 2021 examination application in order to request a full refund. If you intend to sit an examination in 2021 then you will need to submit a new application. Please contact your IBLCE regional location for further information.  

To request a deferral to an examination in 2022, contact the IBLCE location that serves you.

*Extraordinary circumstances also include COVID-19 related concerns, such as job loss of the candidate and/or partner/spouse, COVID-19 health issue for candidate or immediate family member, and/or concern for going into the public due to COVID-19

For more details about these options visit the IBLCE COVID-19 Resource Centre of the IBLCE website, as specific information and updates will be provided there when it is available. These options are only applicable to 2021 examination candidates due to COVID-19.