As a healthcare organisation devoted to global public health, and which works with a vulnerable population who in many cases cannot be vaccinated, IBLCE is continuing to require the wearing of masks by examinees while taking the IBCLC examination at testing centres.
September 2022 IBCLC Examination candidates are required to wear masks or face coverings for the entirety of their time at the test centre. This is in addition to being expected to comply with any and all other national, federal, state, or local health and safety requirements in place at the time of testing.
Please review this information provided by the World Health Organization regarding recommended precautions given COVID-19 prior to your examination: https://www.who.int/news-room/questions-and-answers/item/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-masks [who.int]
IBLCE understands and acknowledges that individual situations differ; however, effective 2022, mandatory re-examination every 10 years is no longer a requirement and IBCLCs can recertify by taking the self-assessment (available in all languages) and earning required CERPs. Therefore, the option to take the IBCLC certification examination is a matter of individual choice.
IBLCE believes the continued wearing of masks is beneficial to public health and the safety of our stakeholders, including the population to which IBCLCs provide care. If you require an accommodation regarding this policy for reasons based on religion, disability, or other grounds protected by federal, state, or local laws, contact the region that serves you.