WHAT ARE THE STUDY REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A LACTATION CONSULTANT?
In order to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant you will need to pass the IBCLE exam. The requirements to sit this exam are detailed on the website https://iblce.org/step-1-prepare-for-ibclc-certification/, and include a minimum of 90 hours of lactation-specific education. This course will provide 120 hours, including the 5 hours of communication skills recently added to the requirements.
ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES TO UNDERTAKE THIS COURSE?
This course has been designed for health professionals. While there are no prerequisites for undertaking this course, without any medical or midwifery background you may need more time to complete it.
WHAT IS THE COST?
The course is Au$750, and can be paid through Paypal or online.
HOW IS THE STUDY DONE? HOW DO I SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTS?
The course is fully accessible online via Google Classroom. Once you have registered & paid for the course, you will be sent an invitation to a Google Classroom. Once you have accepted the invitation, you will have access to the entire course, including a Google Classroom How-To to get you started. We currently have 3 teachers running a Classroom each - the course content in each is identical, and you will be allocated to one for marking & feedback.
The course consists of 10 Modules, each Module comprising Study Guide questions & Case Studies for you to respond to. Each Module also has a multiple choice Practice Exam relating to the Module content.
You can undertake the course totally at you own pace, although we do suggest completing in 6-7 months, and to do this you would need about 5 hours a week of study, however, if you needed longer you just let us know along the way. Extensions of more than 12 months from registration need to be negotiated. We have a library you can borrow from, however, you may have access to texts books in your library at work.
WILL I BE AN INTERNATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT AT THE COMPLETION OF THE COURSE?
Upon completion of the course you will be issued a Certificate of Completion of 120 hours of lactation-specific education. Currently the IBCLE requires a minimum of 90 hours to be eligible to sit the exam.
Successful completion of the IBCLE exam is required to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
WHAT IF MY CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE, IS THERE A WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE?
A refund of $100 will be issued if the registrant withdraws within 2 months of registration and has not submitted responses for more than 30% of the modules. Notification of withdrawal by the registrant must be sent by email to the course address email@example.com.
Deferment is not possible since this course is continually being revised to keep it as up-to-date as possible. Extensions can be negotiated.
I AM ALREADY AN IBCLC & WANT A REFRESHER BEFORE RECERTIFYING. CAN I DO PART OF THE COURSE TO FULFILL THE HOURS & REQUIREMENTS I NEED?
Please contact us to discuss your needs, we are currently working on a 'Refresher' course & may be able to offer you access to only the Modules you need. This is available to current IBCLC's only.
I HAVE PAID FOR THE COURSE - WHERE IS THE INVITE TO THE GOOGLE CLASSROOM?
We have 3 practicing IBCLC's running Classrooms, and allocation to a Classroom is based on existing workload of these teachers, so allocation is not automatic. Please be aware it may take up to 48 hours to be allocated to a Classroom & for that teacher to send you an invite.
If you have not received an invitation to join a Classroom after 48 hours, please check your spam folder before contacting us.