IBCLC Retired Status

Looking for a way to stay connected to the IBCLC community after you retire? The IBCLC Retired status is a new designation as of 2021 that allows retired IBCLCs to stay connected to IBLCE and to recognise years of past service as an IBCLC.  

IBCLC Retired Status Information

  • The intention of this status is one of recognition and is for those who are no longer actively practising as an IBCLC and do not intend to return to practice.
  • Retired IBCLCs will continue to receive IBLCE Briefings and relevant communications.
  • This status is held for five years with a one-time fee. During these five years, one cannot practise as an IBCLC. 
  • “IBCLC Retired” may be used on a résumé or below one’s name on a business card, but not directly after a name or signature.
For example, this is correct usage:
IBCLC Retired
But NOT:
Name, IBCLC Retired
  • This five-year status is non-renewable. After holding the IBCLC Retired status, IBCLC certification or the IBCLC Retired status cannot be reinstated.
  • IBCLC Retired is for IBCLCs who held the certification in good standing and are no longer certified and agree to adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs.
  • Please note that this is not for practicing IBCLCs and is outside the purview of the IBCLC programme, which is accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies.

Applications for IBCLC Retired Status

IBCLCs must apply for the IBCLC Retired status in the year that their certification expires.

Applications for current IBCLCs whose certification expires on December 31 of this year are open now.

Application Fees

There is a one-time fee for the IBCLC Retired status, due when submitting your application. Learn more in the Fee Guide.