Step 2: Certification Fees & Key Dates

Initial Certification 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, the purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita metric is used 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 and the inflation rates of countries. Check the Fee Guide for initial certification. IBLCE only accepts payment in USD.

For detailed information about the initial certification process, review the Candidate Information Guide.*

*Please read in conjunction with the June 2022 Updated Interim Guidance on the Use of Technology to Meet Pathways 1, 2, and 3 Clinical Practice Requirements (Reissued on June 30, 2022).

Upcoming Key Dates

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

September 2023 IBCLC Examination

Administered worldwide in all currently offered examination languages.
Learn more on the September 2023 IBCLC Examination Candidate Dashboard.

Application WindowMay 10 – June 26, 2023
Examination AdministrationSeptember 20 – 29, 2023

April 2024 IBCLC Examination

Administered worldwide in English.

Application WindowNovember 20, 2023 – January 4, 2024
Examination AdministrationApril 15 – 20, 2024

September 2024 IBCLC Examination

Administered worldwide in the ten IBCLC examination languages.

Application WindowApril 22 – May 31, 2024
Examination AdministrationSeptember 10 – 16, 2024

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