IBLCE 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.  


Weekly Updates

Check back here for regular updates.

Update as of January 14, 2022: Retired Status Application Is Now Available in All IBLCE Languages

January 14, 2022
The application to apply for the new Retired Status is open in all IBLCE languages. IBCLCs due to recertify in 2022, IBCLCs who lapsed in 2021, and former IBCLCs whose certification expired between 2010 and 2020 can apply for this…

Update as of January 7, 2022: Next Steps for March/April 2022 IBCLC Examination Candidates

January 7, 2022
If you applied to sit the March/April 2022 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 December 30, 2021: End-of-Year Message from IBLCE

December 30, 2021
Happy Holidays from IBLCE During this challenging time, support for breastfeeding families is more important than ever. We thank you for your continued commitment to families and wish you peace, health, and cheer in the New Year. Congratulations There are…

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Additional Resources

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

For Initial Candidates & Mentors of Initial Candidates> August 2021 Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2, & 3 Clinical Practice Requirements
> Updated Pathway 3 Plan Guide
> Advisory Opinion on Telehealth
> Supplemental Guide for Live Remote Proctoring
For IBCLCs Recertifying by Examination > Advisory Opinion on Telehealth
> 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
COVID-19, Live Remote Proctoring (LRP), and Test Centres in 2021

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


2022 Examination Administrations

Examination Candidate Dashboard

March/April 2022 IBCLC Examination Candidate Dashboard
Learn more about the examination process – from application to providing your results – here.


Applications

Applications to sit the March/April 2022 IBCLC examination are now closed.
Applications for the September 2022 IBCLC examination will open in April 2022.


2022 Key Dates

The IBCLC examination is offered twice a year, in March/April (in English only) and in September (in all IBLCE languages).

March/April 2022 IBCLC examination: March 23 – April 1, 2022
For more details, check the March/April 2022 IBCLC Examination Candidate Dashboard here.

September 2022 IBCLC examination: September 14 – 23, 2022

Recertify by CERPs: April 12 – September 30, 2022

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


Examination Options in 2022

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.

IBLCE has approved the use of LRP for 2022 IBCLC examination administrations in light of the ongoing global pandemic.  Any use of LRP for IBCLC examinations in 2023 and beyond will be subject to further review.

Please review the financial options available to you in 2022 by clicking “Learn More” below.

Learn More

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



2021 Examination Administrations

Examination Candidate Dashboard

April/May 2021 IBCLC Examination Candidate Dashboard
Learn more about the examination process – from application to providing your results – here.

September 2021 IBCLC Examination Candidate Dashboard
Learn more about the examination process – from application to providing your results – here.


Applications

Applications to sit the 2021 examinations and to recertify by CERPs are now closed.


2021 Key Dates

The IBCLC examination is offered twice a year, in April/May (in English only) and in September (in all IBLCE languages).

April/May 2021 IBCLC examination: April 27 – May 6, 2021
For more details, check the April/May 2021 IBCLC Examination Candidate Dashboard here.

September 2021 IBCLC examination: September 8 – 24, 2021
For more details, check the September 2021 IBCLC Examination Candidate Dashboard here.

Recertify by CERPs: April 19 – September 30, 2021

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


Examination Options in 2021

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.

Once you have submitted your application for the April/May 2021 examination, you don’t need to contact IBLCE to let us know about your examination modality preference if it is different from what you submitted on the application.  When you schedule your appointment with the testing vendor you are able to select whether you want to sit at a test centre or take it via Live Remote Proctoring. Examination authorisation emails for the April/May 2021 examination administration are expected to go out in March.

IBLCE has approved the use of LRP for 2021 IBCLC examination administrations in light of the ongoing global pandemic.  Any use of LRP for IBCLC examinations in 2022 and beyond will be subject to further review.

Please review the financial options available to you in 2021 by clicking “Learn More” below.

Learn More

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


Reminder: New Eligibility Requirements in 2021

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


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.


IBLCE Informational Webinar

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