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International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®


IBLCE® Certification

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) is the global authority that determines the knowledge of practitioners in lactation and breastfeeding care. The International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®) credential identifies essential members of the maternal-child health team who protect, promote and support breastfeeding to benefit women, children and families worldwide. The IBLCE certification program holds the prestigious National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation, which is a mark of quality for certification programs.

IBLCE Examination

As an International Organisation, IBLCE offers the IBCLC certification examination in a number of languages and has certificants in over 100 countries around the world. In 2013 IBLCE began transitioning to the use of British English (UK) in its publications and using the British English version of the examination as the foundation for all translated versions of its examination.

Since there are relatively few substantive differences between British English and American English and because British English is the most common form of English used worldwide, the spelling used on the English version of the IBLCE examination is British English.  Where terms differ between the two forms of English, the British term is noted first with American English noted second, e.g. nappy (diaper).

Also note that, the IBCLC examination includes both US and Metric Weights and Measures. Metric measurements are noted first with US measurements noted second in parentheses, e.g. 3.74kg (8lb. 4oz.).

IBLCE Exam Application

Before scheduling an examination appointment, you must have already:

  • Applied for certification through IBLCE.
  • Paid the examination fee to IBLCE.
  • Been notified by IBLCE Online Credential Manager System of your eligibility to take the examination.
  • Been notified by IBLCE that you are authorized to register for an appointment at a Pearson VUE CBT centre.

Please Note: Standards for certification are established by IBLCE. Inquiries regarding the examination should be addressed to IBLCE.  Inquiries regarding scheduling an appointment to take the exam may be directed to Pearson VUE.

Scheduling Appointments

Appointments should be scheduled as early as possible prior to the exam administration date. Please visit the IBLCE Website at for exam dates and scheduling deadlines.

If you are scheduling your CBT appointment online and a seat is not available within a 5-mile radius, you will need to expand your search to a 10-mile radius, then a 15-mile radius and then a 20-mile radius until you find an available seat. If you encounter issues scheduling online, please contact customer service.

After you schedule your test, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation letter listing your test date, your testing time, the address and phone number of the test center, and directions to the test center.

Exam Results

Your examination results will not be available at the test center. IBLCE will contact you with your exam results. Please visit the IBLCE Website at for dates.

Last updated 2019-01-16