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Interested in becoming an IBCLC®?

All exam candidates must meet the exam eligibility criteria at time of application (not time of exam). There are 3 pathways that candidates may apply through, (pathway 2 currently is only available in the USA). All candidates must have completed and have evidence of the following at time of application:

Recognised health professional registration – as per https://iblce.org/resources/iblce-documents/ or has completed the 14 Health Science subjects described in the Health Science Education Guide https://iblce.org/resources/iblce-documents/
90 hours of lactation specific education within the 5 years immediately prior to application for the exam lactation specific clinical practice within the 5 years immediately prior to application for the exam, in accordance with your chosen pathway.

Details in regards to the criteria to sit the exam can be found in the Candidate Information Guide at https://iblce.org/resources/iblce-documents/
Many of your questions may be answered in the frequently asked questions on the IBLCE website, the FAQs can be found at https://iblce.org/faqs-for-initial-candidates/

Are you an IBCLC® requiring recertification information?

All IBCLCs® must recertify every 5 years. Recertification can be taken by exam or obtaining Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs). For more information on the recertification process please review the Recertification Guide which can be found at https://iblce.org/resources/iblce-documents/
Many of your questions may be answered in the frequently asked questions on the IBLCE website, the FAQs can be found at https://iblce.org/faqs-for-recertification/

Are you aware of the key dates and deadlines?

The key dates and deadlines can be found on the IBLCE® website at https://iblce.org/step-2-certification-fees-and-key-dates/

Are you sitting the IBCLC® exam and have some questions?

Many of your questions are answered in the frequently asked questions on the IBLCE website and they can be found at https://iblce.org/step-3-apply-for-the-ibclc-exam/ If your looking for any policies and procedures in relation to the exam, such as withdrawal policy, breastfeeding during the exam etc you can find them at https://iblce.org/resources/iblce-documents/

Mentoring

Driscoll & Cooper (2005) discuss skill coaching as an opportunity to provide individualised, intensive coaching focused on specific learning needs, and performance coaching to assist the development of certain behaviours to enhance outcomes.

LCANZ does not currently have any formal program for linking experienced IBCLCs with those working toward becoming IBCLCs. It would be possible to have individual conversations with a hospital based IBCLC re providing clinical experience. There would be consideration of being employed by the health service you are entering to ensure all legal requirements are covered. Contacting a private IBCLC in your area would be possible via access to our Find a Lactation Consultant service. It would be up to the individual IBCLC to decide if it was appropriate for someone to accompany them to see a private client.

To be effective mentoring or clinical supervision needs to:

  • Be a confidential process (acknowledging mandatory reporting requirements)
  • Be a planned opportunity to talk, with agreed parameters
  • Involve reflection-on-practice with intention to improve
  • Involve a supervisor with some training to facilitate effective supervision
  • Be a practice-based learning opportunity aimed to meet professional development needs
  • Move from generalised talking to attainment of new skills or changed perspective
  • Be flexible in supervisory style and model

(Driscoll & O’Sullivan, 2007).
Driscoll, J & Cooper, R 2005, ‘Coaching for Clinicians’, Nursing Management, vol 12, no 1.
Driscoll, J & O’Sullivan, J 2007, ‘The place of clinical supervision in modern healthcare’, in Practising clinical supervision: a reflective approach for healthcare professionals, ed. J Driscoll, Elsevier, Philadelphia, pp 3-21.

Find a Lactation Consultant near you

Search here for qualified lactation consultants by postcode or map search.

Most consultants will travel outside their own suburb, particularly in regional areas, to assist mothers/families with babies & toddlers. All listed consultants are members of LCANZ and have qualified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC®).