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IBCLC Exam Application Deadline: Last-Minute Advice to Meet the Deadline!

Thinking about sitting for the IBCLC® exam? You have exactly 31 days between now and exam application deadline. But, it’s not too late! You must have ALL your requirements completed before the IBCLC exam application deadline of May 15.

Hop on it now because if you miss this deadline, you won’t be able to apply again until November. That delays your exam-taking until next April. Don’t lose a year.

Here’s some last-minute advice to meet the IBCLC exam application deadline.

Get your lactation specific education

Before the IBCLC exam application deadline, you must earn a total of 95 hours of lactation-specific education. Our 95-hour online course is just what you need right now.

If you’ve already earned 45 hours, get our all online 45-hour Step Up course.

Do you have time to get it done? Yes. Commit to about 2-3 hours a night and finish this requirement within one month. (Or hunker down over a few long weekends.)

Get your health sciences education

If you’re already a recognized healthcare professional as defined by IBLCE, you can skip this step, since they assume you’ve already completed this requirement in your basic education. Otherwise, our health sciences package might be just the thing you need. Believe me, there’s the hard way and the easy way to complete this requirement. Get this done before the IBCLC exam application deadline so that you don’t get shut out for another 6 months or a year, or more.

Get your clinical hours

Now that’s a topic for another blog! And if you’re reading this at the last minute, no, you don’t have time to complete that requirement from top to bottom. But if you’re almost there, put a move on, and finish up!

You still have time to meet the IBCLC exam application deadline!

Step on the gas, and get the resources you need. Today’s blog is just the cliff-notes version of your eligibility requirements. If want the details, be sure to ask yourself 50 questions before you apply for the exam. If you don’t know the answers, feel free to call us at 703-787-9894.

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  1. Celia Garlington

    I just purchased the 90 hours core lactation online course from you and do have my 1000 hours of clinical required hours. But I am barely into my first unit, can’t I apply for the october exam next month, while trying to complete the rest of what I have to do to get my 90 units done by august?

    • Marie

      We all took a look at your question, and it seems like you need some additional clarity here.

      “August” kind of threw me. To our knowledge, IBLCE does not have any “August” deadline. (FYI, in the old days, there was an August deadline for those who were submitting CERPs. But you are not in the “old days” and you’re not rectifying.)

      On the 90 hours. You must have all your 90 hours completed BEFORE you apply for the IBLCE exam. So that’s IBLCE’s requirement. However, if you want to continue to study using our course, you may indeed use it after May to get prepared for (presumably) the October exam. Does that answer your question?

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