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.

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: If you have any questions, please contact the IBLCE location that serves…

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…

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.

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