Candidates that did not recertify when their IBCLC certification expired and did not fail a recertification examination automatically transition into Inactive Status on January 1 after their certification expires. Inactive Status lasts for one year, and Inactive candidates are not certified as IBCLCs and are not permitted to use the designation IBCLC after their name or practice as an IBCLC while in Inactive Status.
Candidates are able to reinstate by examination or by CERPs from Inactive Status.
To transition from Inactive status back to Active status, candidates will need to:
- Reinstate by IBCLC examination or by CE Self-Assessment and CERPs, meeting all current recertification requirements, in the year they hold Inactive Status
- Candidates must apply during the regular recertification application windows posted on the IBCLC Commission website
- Earn an additional 15 CERPs
- Pay a fee
Resources: visit the IBCLC Information page to find the Recertification Guide and other related resources.
Applications for reinstatement can be found in the IBLCE online credential management system during the application window.