Step 2: Recertification Fees & Key Dates

Recertification 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, the exchange rate and the inflation rates of countries.

The 2022 Fee Schedule for recertification is available in the Recertification Guide for those IBCLCs recertifying in 2022. IBLCE only accepts payments in USD.

For detailed information regarding the recertification process, review the Recertification Guide.

Upcoming Key Dates

September 2022 IBCLC Examination

Administered worldwide in all currently offered examination languages.
Learn more on the September 2022 IBCLC Examination Candidate Dashboard

Application WindowClosed
Examination AdministrationSeptember 14 – 23, 2022

2022 Recertification by CERPs

Available online in English and available in all other IBLCE languages soon

CE Self-Assessment becomes available to IBCLCs due to recertify in 2022October 2021
2022 Recertification by CERPs Application WindowApril 19 – October 31, 2022

IBLCE 2023 Key Examination and Recertification by CERPs Dates

The IBCLC examination is offered twice a year, in March and/or April (English) and in September (in all IBLCE languages).

The schedule for application and administration of the 2023 IBCLC examination is as follows:

Application Dates

Examination Administration Dates

Application Dates for the March 2023 Examination:
October 21 – December 5, 2022
March 2023 IBCLC Examination Administration Dates:
March 8 – 17, 2023
Application Dates for the September 2023 Examination:
May 10 – June 22, 2023
September 2023 IBCLC Examination Administration Dates:
September 20 – 29, 2023

Live Remote Proctoring (LRP): Due to continued fluid circumstances, IBLCE will announce later this year if the examination will be available via LRP in 2023.

Application Dates to Recertify by CERPs with the Continuing Education (CE) Self-Assessment* in 2023:
May 10 – September 30, 2023

*For IBCLCs due to recertify in 2023: As previously announced in the June 2019 IBLCE Briefing, beginning in 2022, the IBCLC examination will remain an option for recertification but will no longer be a requirement. The Continuing Education Self-Assessment (CE Self-Assessment) and required focused continuing education will be an option in lieu of examination at each five-year recertification period. You will receive an email when you have access to the CE Self-Assessment. Look out for more information in the coming months.

Learn more about IBCLC certification and recertification here:

  • For a summary of these changes: Watch this short video.
  • Initial candidates: Learn more about your eligibility requirements in the Candidate Information Guide.
  • Recertifying candidates: Learn more about recertification requirements in the Recertification Guide.

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