The Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) credential identifies a specialist in lactation counseling who has successfully passed an examination based on identified work-place competencies derived from role delineation studies. The CLC certification is valid for 3 years.
In recognition of the fact that scientific and social knowledge about breastfeeding and human lactation is continually evolving, certificants are required to obtain a minimum of 18 hours of continuing education in the area of breastfeeding and human lactation every three years. Evidence-based breastfeeding practice requires constant reading, evaluation and dialogue with peers and mentors. It is in the best interest of all health care providers to seek every opportunity for continuing education and professional growth. Certificants who do not provide adequate proof of 18+ hours of appropriate continuing education will not receive a renewed certificate.
In order to renew, CLCs must submit a completed application and documentation of 18 or more hours of continuing education specific to breastfeeding completed in the 3 years prior to the expiration date on their certificate. More information on recertification, including the recertification application, can be found here.