New Courses for IBCLC Recertification

New Courses for IBCLC Recertification by CERPs

Are you confused by the IBLCE’s recent changes to IBCLC recertification involving its 2023 IBCLC Detailed Content Outline? If so, we are not surprised because it is super confusing!

Breaking News: IBCLC Exam Is No Longer Required. One major change is that IBCLCs are no longer required to retake its exam every 10 years. To maintain their credential, every 5 years, IBCLCs still need to recertify, either by exam or by CERPs. But a lot has changed about recertifying by CERPs.

LactaLearning Makes Recertifying by CERPs Easier by offering recertification courses aligned with the new requirements.

  • Comprehensive Course: 75 CERPs in one place in a self-study format that covers all topic areas of the 2023 IBCLC Detailed Content Outline, including the required 5 E-CERPs.
  • Targeted self-study courses that enable you to tailor your CERPs to the exact topic areas you need

New Requirements for Recertifying by CERPs. As explained in the IBLCE Recertification Guidelines, since 2022, before recertifying by CERPs, every IBCLC must take the CE Self-Assessment. Your results determine your continuing education recertification requirements.

After submitting a completed CE Self-Assessment to the IBLCE (no more often than once every 5 years), it sends you a Personalized Professional Development Plan for recertification. Your scores on your CE Self-Assessment determine the topic areas of the 2023 IBCLC Detailed Content Outline you must complete for recertification.

As IBLCE transitions to its new recertification process, here’s how its requirements differ in 2023 and 2024.

  • In 2023, IBCLCs must complete 20 L-CERPs (30% of the required 75 total CERPs)in the topic areas with scores below 75% on their CE Self-Assessment.
  • From 2024 and beyond, IBCLCs must complete 34 CERPs (50% of the required 75 total CERPs)in the topic areas with scores below 75%.

You do not need an equal number of CERPs in each assigned topic area. If you score below 75% in more than one topic area, you need at least one CERP in each assigned topic area. (Example: In 2023, you need 20 L-CERPs in topic areas III, IV, and V. You can meet this requirement by completing 10 CERPs in III, 1 CERP in IV, and 9 CERPs in V.)

There is also more to know. The 75 total required CERPs must include at least:

  • 50 L-CERPs
  • 5 E-CERPs
  • Basic Life Support Education (any CPR or Newborn Resuscitation certification, which is recognized by the IBLCE as 3 R-CERPs and counts in your total required 75 CERPs)
  • 17 additional CERPs (any combination of L-, E-, and/or R-CERPs)

As noted above, in 2023, the 50 L-CERPs must include the assigned 20 L-CERPs and from 2024 on, the assigned 34 L-CERPs. If you score above 75% in all topic areas on your CE Self-Assessment, you can choose 50 L-CERPs from any topic areas.

So, in 2023, in order to re-certify as an IBCLC, you will need:
*5 E-CERPs (see below!)
*Basic Life Support Eductation (recognized as 3 R CERPs
*67 CERPs
(including a minimum of 50 L-CERPs and in alignment with the 2023 IBLCE Detailed Content Outline)

The above 67 CERPs must include:

Up to 20 CERPs (30%) as Defined by your Personalised Professional Development Plan
(For IBCLCs due to recertify in 2023 only) NOTE: In 2024 and beyond when you re-certify you will need 50%, 34 CERPs, as Defined by Your Personalised Professional Development Plan.

47 CERPs Selected by the IBCLC
(based on your career path, practice setting, or interest areas)

Recertification Comprehensive Course: 75 CERPs- 70 L in all required areas +5-E CERPs

Perfect if you need a lot of CERPs and have 2 or more areas of the Detailed Content Outline that need CERPs. This online, self-study course is designed to let you pace yourself and focus on the areas most appropriate to your setting, yet fulfilling the requirements from IBLCE for re-certification.

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10 L-CERPs Recertification Section I: Development and Nutrition

This online, self-study course is designed to let you pace yourself and receive 10-L CERPs from Section I: Development and Nutrition of the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline.

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7 L-CERPs Recertification Section II: Physiology and Endocrinology

This online, self-study course is designed to let you pace yourself and receive 7-L CERPs from Section II: Physiology and Endocrinology of the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline.

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10 L-CERPs Recertification Section III: Pathology

This online, self-study course is designed to let you pace yourself and receive 10-L CERPs from Section III: Pathology of the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline.

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7 L-CERPs Recertification Section IV: Pharmacology and Toxicology

This online, self-study course is designed to let you pace yourself and receive 7-L CERPs from Section IV: Development and Nutrition of the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline.

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10 L-CERPs Recertification Section V: Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology

This online, self-study course is designed to let you pace yourself and receive 10-L CERPs from Section V: Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology of the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline.

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7 L-CERPs Recertification Section VI: Techniques

This online, self-study course is designed to let you pace yourself and receive 7-L CERPs from Section VI: Techniques of the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline.

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5 E-CERPs Recertification Section VII: Ethics for Lactation Professionals

This online, self-study course is designed to let you pace yourself and receive 5-E CERPs from Section VII: Subtopic: Ethics of the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline.

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5 L-CERPs Section VII: Communication Skills: Motivational Interviewing for Lactation Professionals

This online, self-study course is designed to let you pace yourself and receive 5-L CERPs from Section VII: Subtopic: Communication Skills of the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline.