Step 1: Prepare for IBCLC Certification

To sit the IBCLC certification examination, you are to meet eligibility criteria in the three areas below, as well as adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs.

To be eligible to sit the IBCLC examination, you may pursue one of three pathways (Pathway 1, Pathway 2, or Pathway 3) to meet the key eligibility components. You must meet the criteria through one of these pathways to be eligible to sit for the IBCLC examination. The pathways are designed to ensure that all applicants have a health sciences background, a minimum of 90 hours lactation specific education as well as relevant clinical experience and adherence to the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs by attestation. These three eligibility pathways permit individuals from a variety of diverse backgrounds to gain the knowledge and skills relevant to practise as an IBCLC.

The IBCLC examination tests the application of knowledge in the disciplines listed on the IBCLC Detailed Content Outline.

The IBCLC examination consists of 175 multiple choice questions. The examination is given in two parts, and once you have completed Part One, you may not go back to that part. Most questions in Part Two are associated with an image. The standard IBCLC examination is of four hours duration.

British English is the foundation for all translations of the IBCLC examination. With respect to measurement, the IBCLC examination includes both metric weights and measures as well as US weights and measures, with the more prevalent metric measurement noted first, and with the US measurement noted second in a parenthetical, e.g,., 30 mL (1 oz).

The skills in the Clinical Competencies for the Practice of IBCLCs and Scope of Practice for IBCLCs are representative of the ways in which IBCLCs apply this knowledge to clinical situations.

For more detailed information, review the Candidate Information Guide.

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