IBLCE 2020 COVID-19 Resource Centre

Due to the unique circumstances of COVID-19 and the rapid pace at which updates are needed regarding IBCLC certification, IBLCE has created this COVID-19 Resource Centre. Please check back regularly for updates as IBLCE will post a status of any updates weekly.  


IBLCE Informational Webinar

Puede ver el Seminario Informativo en Línea de IBLCE en español aquí.


Weekly Updates

Check back here for regular updates.

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…

See older updates here. →

Additional Resources

During this unprecedented time, IBLCE is providing the following resources:  

For Initial Candidates & Mentors of Initial Candidates> Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2, & 3 Clinical Practise Requirements
> Updated Pathway 3 Plan Guide
> Advisory Opinion on Telehealth
> Update to March/April Examination Candidates
> Supplemental Guide for Live Remote Proctoring
For IBCLCs Recertifying by Examination > Advisory Opinion on Telehealth
> Update to March/April Examination Candidates
> Supplemental Guide for Live Remote Proctoring
For IBCLCs Recertifying by CERPs > IBLCE CERP Provider Online Learning Programmes
> Advisory Opinion on Telehealth
For IBCLCs Providing Lactation Care During COVID-19> Advisory Opinion on Telehealth

Frequently Asked Questions

For general questions, see our FAQs for Initial Candidates, Recertification, and the Examination.


2021 IBCLC Examination

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:

Apply for the April/May 2021 examination:
Dec. 8, 2020 – Jan. 20, 2021
April/May 2021 IBCLC examination dates:
Apr. 27 – May 6, 2021
Apply for the September 2021 examination:
Apr. 19 – May 28, 2021
September 2021 IBCLC examination dates:
Sept. 15 – 24, 2021

The schedule to recertify by CERPs is:

Apply to recertify by CERPs:
Apr. 19 – Sept. 30, 2021

There are several new eligibility criteria for both initial candidates and recertifying IBCLCs beginning in 2021:

Announcement about Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) still to come: IBLCE will announce later this year if we will offer the examination via LRP in 2021. IBLCE received a COVID-19 exception to use LRP where available in 2020 from its third-party accreditor, and we are waiting for a decision by the IBCLC programme accreditor to determine if this exception will continue in 2021.

Please visit IBLCE’s COVID-19 Resource Centre regularly for application and examination updates.

Follow IBLCE on social media for reminders about when application windows open and close and the latest IBLCE news (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).


2020 IBCLC Examination

Examination Details for March/April and September 2020 IBCLC Examination Candidates 

Updated Examination Dates: September 8-25, 2020  

Expected window for examination appointment scheduling: July – August 2020  

Please wait to reach out to IBLCE’s testing vendor until after you have received your Examination Authorisation Email from IBLCE with instructions for scheduling. Contacting them before you have the email may result in difficulties with scheduling your appointment.  

This year, you may have options for taking the examination in English:
Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) -or- sitting the examination at a test centre.


Learn more about making this decision here.

Please read this important IBLCE Examination Options & Examination Day Notice.

Additionally, a deferral or financial refund of examination fees may also be an option. Learn more here.


Applications

Applications to sit the September 2020 examination are now closed.  
March/April 2020 candidates do not need to submit another application.