Do I need to be a current CLC or IBCLC in order to take the Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultant training course? Can I take it if my certification has lapsed?

You may take the Advanced course if you are a current CLC or IBCLC. If your CLC or IBCLC has lapsed within the last recertification period (3 years for CLC, 5 years for IBCLC), you must first satisfy the continuing educational requirements (18 hours for CLCs, 75 hours for IBCLCs) before you can take the Advanced course. This documentation, along with your expired certification and the form Petition to Accept Continuing Education for Lapsed Certification (located in the ALPP Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultant Candidate Handbook, page 38), must be submitted to the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice a minimum of 6 weeks prior to taking the course. Please refer to the instructions for submission located on the form.

I am trying to organize a conference, workshop, or course on breastfeeding for Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultants (ANLCs). How can I make it qualify for recertification purposes with ALPP?

ALPP is NOT an approved provider of nursing contact hours, continuing education units, or CERPs. However, we are able to review your course, workshop, or conference and determine how many hours it counts for only for the purpose of ANLC recertification. Please contact our office at: and include all relevant information, such as the description, agenda, and any accompanying materials.

What is the fee for recertification?

The regular recertification fee is $126.00 (if completed recertification packet is received within the last two months prior to expiration). Early recertification fee is $102.00 (if completed recertification packet is received more than two months before expiration).

How long is the ANLC exam?

The ANLC final exam lasts for 2 hours. However, there are competencies throughout the week that must be passed as well.

What about insurance reimbursement?

The credentialing process for insurance companies is separate from professional credentialing. It refers to the insurance company accepting care providers whom they will reimburse. Insurers establish their own rules about whom they credential, which is challenging for individual providers who have to deal with each insurer separately.

Regarding the superbill, while insurance billing and reimbursement always a complex topic, is currently in a state of near chaos given the status of discussions in Washington. As a result, we are not comfortable offering advice. It would be best to go to a billing expert in your state who knows the ins and outs of your insurance market.​

As an ANLC, do I need to be insured? What types of insurances do you recommend?

Every ANLC should obtain advice regarding liability insurance.Two types my be needed: a) professional liability (malpractice) insurance; b) general liability (if you are self-employed – this covers business exposures such as clients being injured by a slip and fall on the premises, etc.) If you already carry liability insurance in the context of other licensure/certification (e.g., RN, doula, etc.), we recommend checking with your current liability insurance carrier to see if lactation can be added to any existing policy. Make sure you find out about any limitations of insurance – for example, if your insurance covers your work in a hospital it may cover you only on hospital grounds, but not for phone calls made from home, home visits, etc. CM&F Liability Insurance for Lactation Counselors, Advanced Lactation Counsultants, Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultants

How long is the certification valid?

The ANLC certification is valid for three years. At the beginning of your third year of certification, you will receive a courtesy post card to remind you that your certification will soon expire. You may renew your ANLC certification with 25 hours of continuing education in evidence based breastfeeding education.