Step 2: Certification Fees & Key Dates

Initial Certification Application Fees

 In order to make its certification financially accessible to all those qualified to participate, despite the wide variance in economic conditions throughout the world, IBLCE uses the purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita metric as determined by international organisations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and used by a number of international NGOs. PPP takes into account the relative cost of living and the inflation rates of countries. Check the Candidate Information Guide for the 2021 Fee Schedule for initial certification. IBLCE only accepts payment in USD.

For detailed information about the initial certification process, review the Candidate Information Guide.*

*Please read in conjunction with the August 2021 Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2, and 3 Clinical Practice Requirements (Reissued on August 19, 2021).

Upcoming Key Dates

September 2021 Examination

September 8 – 24, 2021
Administered worldwide in all currently offered examination languages, including English, via computer-based testing.

September 2021 Examination: Request a deferral to one of the next two examinations

October 24, 2021
Learn more about your deferral options with documented extraordinary circumstances here

Application Dates for the March/April 2022 Examination Administration

October 26 – December 7, 2021

March/April 2022 IBCLC Examination Administration Dates

March 23 – April 1, 2022
Administered worldwide in English.

Application Dates for the September 2022 Examination Administration

April 12 – May 24, 2022

September 2022 IBCLC Examination Administration Dates

September 14 – 23, 2022
Administered worldwide in all currently offered examination languages, including English.

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