Step 1: Prepare for IBCLC Recertification

IBCLCs hold the certification for 5 years and then they are to recertify.

Five years after last passing the exam, IBCLCs have the option to recertify by Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) or take the exam. It is mandatory that every 10 years IBCLCs sit for re-examination.

Individual CERPs Guide     Recertification Guide


The mandatory re-examination at least once every ten years is based on the IBCLC’s previous recertification method. See the chart below:


Recertifying by CERPs requires that 75 CERPs be earned within the 5 years of the certification period and before you apply for recertification. Earning the 75 CERPs includes:

  • Minimum of 50 L-CERPs on lactation specific topics
  • Minimum 5 E-CERPs on professional ethics
  • Remaining CERPs may be (R) CERPs on any topic relevant to the lactation consultant profession

One CERP is equal to 60 minutes of education and topics that count are ones that are on the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline. Visit the Continuing Education Recognition Points page for more detailed information on CERPs.

IBCLCs are also to reaffirm adherence to the Code of Professional Conduct and report any professional licensing actions and/or professional disciplinary actions.

Resources: visit the IBLCE documents page to find the Recertification Guide and other related resources.

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