The April 2020 Examination Application is now open. The Application deadline is November 15, 2019
Returning User: Go directly to the IBLCE Credential Management System Login Page and enter your Username and Password.
New User: You will need to create an online account. Click on the “New or First Time User” link on the Login Page.
Online Application Guide: For a step-by-step walkthrough of the online certification process, please review the Credential Manager Guide for Initial Candidates.
For detailed information about the initial certification process, review the Candidate Information Guide.
The availability of an appointment at a location near your home cannot be guaranteed. However, the sooner you schedule your appointment for exam, the wider your options will be. In some situations, you may be required to travel up to 250 miles or 402 kilometers from your home.
The IBCLC examination is offered in April and October each year. The exam administration dates are listed on the Key Dates page. Please note that the April exam is only offered via Computer-Based Testing (CBT) in the English language. The October exam is offered via CBT in all of the following languages. Paper and pencil (PPT) exams are only offered when CBT centres are not geographically available or in cases of substantiated reasonable accommodations.
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).
IBCLC Examination Languages
- Chinese Traditional
You will be able to apply to resit the exam at the next exam seating in that language. If you are taking the exam in English via CBT then you have the option of the April or September exam. If you are taking the exam in a non-English language, you will be able to apply to sit the September exam. Information about reapplying will be provided at the time of the exam results. If you don’t pass the IBCLC examination, then you are eligible to receive a 50% discounted exam resit fee for the next three exam attempts or up to three years following the first time you don’t pass. Both initial and recertification exam candidates are eligible for the discounted rate. This discount was effective starting with the 2016 examinations and the fee amount can be found in the Candidate Information Guide in the Fee Schedule section.
April exam: End of June, with a certification start date of July 1
September exam: End of December, with a certification start date of January 1
The Detailed Content Outline outlines the subject matter that is tested on the certification examination. Each item, or question, on the examination is referenced to a particular discipline and chronological period listed on the blueprint. IBLCE does not currently offer an assessment guide.
Computer-based testing (CBT) centres are provided by a major testing vendor and appointments for a seat at the testing centre of your choice must be made by you. In countries where CBT centres are not geographically available or in cases of substantiated reasonable accommodations, paper and pencil administration of the exam may be offered.
IBLCE is one of many certification boards and organisations for which the CBT vendor provides examinations at its testing centres. For this reason, reservation blocks for IBCLC exam appointments are available for a specified period of time each year and it is important that candidates take responsibility for making their appointments promptly. Neither IBLCE nor the CBT vendor can guarantee IBCLC exam candidate’s appointments close to their home.
The English application is available online via the Credential Management System. Additional application languages are available on each translated IBLCE website section.
Our system accepts payment by credit card and prepaid credit card. Mastercard, VISA, American Express and Discover cards are accepted. Payment is accepted in US dollars only. Payment in other currencies will be converted to US dollars based on the exchange rate for the date of transaction.
Yes, the centre will provide you with all the equipment and materials you need to take the IBCLC examination.
You will select an available appointment with the testing vendor directly. After you have scheduled an appointment you will receive a confirmation email which includes the location of the CBT centre where you are scheduled.
No. You will not owe any money when you make your appointment directly with the testing vendor.
To gain admission to the exam, candidates must present TWO (2) forms of identification.
The primary ID must have the candidate’s name, current photograph and signature, and the secondary ID must have either their name and signature or their name and current photograph. Review the details of these requirements in the Candidate Information Guide.
The names on the IDs must match and must be the same name as the one on file with IBLCE. Candidates who need to update or make changes to their name MUST contact IBLCE with these changes and such updates/changes can be made up to 72 hours prior to the scheduled examination appointment; however, the IDs must be valid, unexpired and match at the time of examination check-in.
When you arrive at the CBT centre, you will need to register with the test administrator, your identification will be inspected and your picture will be taken. In addition, you will be required to store your personal items (e.g. jewelry, watches, bags) in a locked locker or cabinet designated by the test administrator. Also, please note that you may be asked to demonstrate that your pockets are empty. Candidates who are wearing a cast due to a fractured limb may be subject to inspection as are candidates with tattoos. In some cases, candidates may be asked to remove jewelry or other adornments. Please understand that these measures are part of standard test centre security procedures.
Please note: candidates will be asked to agree to Test Centre Regulations upon arrival to the test centre. If a candidate does not comply with these regulations, then they may be dismissed from the examination with forfeiture of the examination fees paid, including invalidation of the test score and/or pursuit of civil or criminal charges.
Rescheduling is possible until a date specified by IBLCE so long as appointments are available.
Candidates should allow adequate time for arrival at the examination site. Candidates are encouraged to arrive at the test centre 30 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment. This should give candidates adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures.
Candidates who arrive more than 15 minutes late for their appointment will be refused admission and examination fees will be forfeited (for 2020 examinations and beyond, this applies for candidates arriving more than 30 minutes late). Likewise, candidates who fail to register at the examination site on the day of the examination will forfeit all rights to any refund of examination fees. Failure to make an appointment by the posted deadlines will result in the forfeiture of the examination fees paid.
Candidates who arrive more than 15 minutes late for their appointment will be refused admission and examination fees will be forfeited (for 2020 examinations and beyond, this applies for candidates arriving more than 30 minutes late).
Likewise, candidates who fail to register at the examination site on the day of the examination will forfeit all rights to any refund of examination fees. Failure to make an appointment by the posted deadlines will result in the forfeiture of the examination fees paid.
Please contact IBLCE as soon as possible with details about the nature of your emergency.
You may bring bottled water and/or a small snack to the CBT centre but you will be required to keep the water and snack in your assigned locker, along with your purse, backpack, mobile phone and other personal belongings. Please ask the test centre supervisor about where you are permitted to eat and drink. Liquids can damage keyboards and other computer equipment. Therefore, you may not have water at your examination seat.
Yes, you may take a break to use the restroom. You will not be given any additional time on the exam to make up for the time used. When you return from the restroom, the test administrator must re-admit you to the testing room.
The examination is composed of 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. Additional testing time may be provided for those with documented reasonable accommodations. In the very limited instances where paper and pencil examinations are required due to CBT test centre geographic inaccessibility, additional test time is allocated for paper and pencil administrations given the nature of that format. 30 extra minutes of time are allocated for test takers for whom the examination is not offered in their primary language.
Yes. You will be permitted to review questions in each exam session. The exam is administered in two parts and you will be able to review questions in each part of the exam, i. e., once you have submitted Part 1, those questions can no longer be reviewed nor answers revised.
IBLCE’s CBT vendor provides a tutorial and demostration exam that will familiarise you with how to navigate through an exam. This tutorial and demonstration exam are not specifically about the IBCLC examination but these will give you an idea of what to expect in a computer-based-test environment. Please note that the tutorial will not run on a Macintosh computer.
You will not be allowed to use your mobile/cell phone or electronic devices during the exam or during any breaks that you take during the exam administration. Candidates found in possession of and/or using such devices during the exam or during breaks will be dismissed and their examinations will not be scored. Candidates who bring their cell phones or other electronic devices to the exam site must power them off (putting them on silent/mute is not sufficient) and store them in the place designated by the test administrator/IBLCE Examination Proctor. [Please note: Neither the test
administrators/IBLCE Examination Proctors nor IBLCE are responsible for candidates’ personal property.]
No. IBLCE offers computer-based testing (CBT) for the examination worldwide. In countries where CBT centres are not geographically available or in cases of substantiated reasonable accommodations, paper and pencil administration of the exam may be offered.
The one-sided score report is a summary of your individual performance in each of the scientific disciplines (objectives) that were tested. In the column “Points” there are 2 sets of numbers (note that all numbers are reported with two decimal places). The first number is the number of points (items) you answered correctly and the second number is the total number of points (items) in that category. This analysis will help you to identify your particular areas of strength and weakness and to plan for your continuing education.
The content area scores by discipline on the score report are not used to determine pass-fail decision outcomes. They are only provided to offer a general indication regarding candidate performance in each content area. The examination is designed to provide a consistent and precise determination of a candidate’s overall performance and is not designed to provide complete information regarding a candidate’s performance in each content area. Candidates should remember that areas with a larger number of items (questions) will affect the overall score more than areas with a fewer number of items. The precision and consistency of scores diminishes with fewer items, and therefore, sub-scores should be interpreted with caution, especially those that correspond to content areas with very few items.