Certification: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

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An IBCLE or International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is a specialist that has taken and passed the IBLCE exam to earn that credential. The IBCLC credential is widely recognized as the gold standard in lactation management. It signifies a health care provider who possesses the necessary skills and knowledge to provide substantive breastfeeding assistance and skilled technical lactation management.

More than two years of education or training after high school required?
Oral or Written Exam Required?
Renewal Required?
Every 5 Year(s)
Renew through Continuing Educational Units(CEU)?
Renew through Re-Examination?
Does applicant have choice of at least two options from above for renewal (CEU, CPD, or exam)?


The certification corresponds to a specialty within a recognized occupation. For example, Oncology Nurse and Pediatric Nurse are specialties within the nursing field, so Certified Oncology Nurse and Certified Pediatric Nurse would be classified as specialty certifications.

  • This certification is considered in demand.
  • This certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).