Update as of July 15, 2021: IBLCE Begins Sending September 2021 Examination Authorisation Emails

IBLCE has begun sending Examination Authorisation Emails to September 2021 candidates and will continue sending authorisations throughout July and August until all approved candidates have received them.  

The authorisation email contains important information needed for scheduling your examination. Please do not attempt to schedule your examination appointment before receiving this communication, as the testing vendor will not be able to schedule your appointment without this information. 

Please remember you can check the September 2021 IBCLC Examination Candidate Dashboard for updates about examination scheduling progress and important deadlines.

You have the option to take the September 2021 IBCLC examination by going to a test centre or via Live Remote Proctoring in English (as this is the only language offered by the third-party testing vendor at this time) from your home. You also have other financial options available to you. Please review the information below and on the IBLCE website carefully so that you can make the most appropriate decision for yourself in your unique circumstances.

Test Centres

You have the option to take the examination at a test centre, where the test centre supplies the equipment for the examination. However, due to fluid and differing local conditions and restrictions, seating may be somewhat challenging in some areas. If you are having difficulty scheduling, we encourage you to check back regularly as available appointments may change.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate these unusual circumstances.

For regional or geographic areas where there is no test centre or limited test centre capacity, contingent upon IBCLC candidate volume, IBLCE works to facilitate additional testing administration locations known as “Pop-up Sites.” You can learn more about these sites and check on the progress of requested Pop-up Sites here.

To learn more about the test centre experience, please consult information about taking the examination at a test centre on the IBLCE website and on the Prometric website.

Live Remote Proctoring (LRP)

In light of continuing issues associated with COVID-19, IBLCE is also offering LRP in English (as this is the only language offered by the third-party testing vendor at this time) again in September 2021 to provide, where feasible, greater options. However, please remember that there are several things to consider when determining if this modality is appropriate for you.

To learn more if this option may be right for you, please consult the LRP information on the IBLCE website and on the  the Prometric website and complete a system readiness check on the computer you would use to test via LRP.

Other Options Available to You

IBLCE understands that this is a fluid environment and has crafted policies to allow you to make appropriate decisions given your own personal situation.

If sitting the IBCLC examination is not feasible for you in September, there are options for both recertifying and initial candidates to defer to a future examination administration window or withdraw for a full or partial refund. Find your financial options here.

The deadline to request a partial or full refund with documented extraordinary circumstances is September 1, 2021.

If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact the IBLCE location that serves you.

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