- General Certification FAQs
- Health Science Education FAQs
- Lactation Specific Education FAQs
- Lactation Specific Clinical Practice FAQs
- Applying for the IBCLC Examination FAQs
- Using IBLCE’s Online Systems
General Certification FAQs
1. What are the requirements to sit for the IBCLC examination?
2. When will I receive my IBCLC certificate by post?
3. I’m not sure I qualify to become an IBCLC. What other credentials in breastfeeding care does IBLCE offer?
Health Science Education FAQs
1. I am a clinical health professional, but my profession is not listed on the Recognised Health Professions List. What do I need to do to demonstrate completion of the Health Sciences Education courses?
2. I’m not a Recognised Health Professional. How do I demonstrate completion of the Health Sciences Education?
3. I am not a recognised healthcare professional, and I am taking some of the 14 health science courses online. Are college classes from sites like EdX, Coursera, or Study.com acceptable for the eight classes that need to be from an accredited institution of higher learning?
4. What do I need to show as proof that I’ve completed an appropriate course online?
5. I’ve reviewed my transcripts against the descriptions in the Health Sciences Education Guide, but I still have some questions about some of my courses. Will IBLCE take a look at my transcripts and tell me if my courses qualify?
Lactation Specific Education FAQs
1. I need to sign up for a course in human lactation and breastfeeding. Which course do you recommend?
2. How do I document my lactation specific education? Is there a special form I need to complete?
3. Can education awarded for E- or R-CERPS count toward my 95 lactation education hours?
4. Can the required five hours of communications education be satisfied with a college class, or only by continuing education?
5. If I am applying a communications class from the Health Science Education Guide toward the health science requirement, can the course simultaneously count toward the required five hours of communications education as well? Or would I have to take a second communications class?
- Education and the WHO Code FAQs
1. How do I confirm that the education provider of my courses is not a company, inclusive of manufacturers, distributors, or marketers, whose products fall within the scope of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (1981) and subsequent World Health Assembly (WHA) resolutions (e.g., infant formula, bottles, and teats)?
2. Which educational opportunities would be acceptable, and do I need to provide documentation indicating compliance with the WHO Code?
3. If education is completed from a noncompliant educator at any time before the effective date of January 1, 2022, but application for certification or recertification is submitted after that date, will the credits be accepted?
Lactation Specific Clinical Practice FAQs
1. How do I obtain the required clinical experience in lactation and breastfeeding care?
2. How can I earn the hours as a non-health professional for Pathway 1?
3. What if I am not able to find clinical experience as defined by Pathway 1?
4. Which types of settings are considered an appropriate supervised setting to earn clinical hours?
5. May I use my work experience as a breastfeeding peer counsellor to qualify through Pathway 1?
6. I have experience as a volunteer breastfeeding support counsellor and experience working as a recognised health professional. May I use experience from both of these roles to qualify through Pathway 1?
7. I want to qualify though Pathway 1 but I spend only a portion of my time each day helping families with breastfeeding concerns. How do I calculate my lactation specific clinical practice hours?
8. I work in a store that sells and rents breastfeeding supplies and equipment. I help customers with their breastfeeding questions and problems. I am not a health professional. May I use this experience to qualify for the IBCLC examination through Pathway 1?
9. For Pathway 1, can I count my time providing lactation care and/or support online?
10. I am working on earning my clinical practice hours for IBCLC eligibility. May I do that remotely at this time?
Applying for the IBCLC Examination FAQs
1. What information do I need to complete my application for the examination as an initial candidate?
2. I think my application has been selected for audit, but I am not sure. What should I do? The deadline to complete the registration is approaching.
3. I am applying for an initial examination; how much time will I have to respond to an audit and what do I need to submit?
4. Can I complete requirements during the 10 business days provided to support documentation?
Using IBLCE’s Online Systems FAQs
Please see IBLCE’s Online Systems to learn how to submit an application, check your status, print a receipt, and more using IBLCE’s online credential management system and the CE Self-Assessment Dashboard.