Certified Lactation Counselor® (CLC®) Certification Program Pathway Pre-Requisite Update

Posted : 04/08/24 in In the News

Certified Lactation Counselor® (CLC®) Certification Program  Pathway Pre-Requisite Update
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The Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC®) certification program is thriving in another year of accreditation with the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB). As of today, there are over 22,000 CLCs across the U.S. and territories, including on military bases around the world. The CLC program is rigorously evaluated by its Advisory Commission, third-party auditors and by the ANAB to ensure its fairness, validity and impartial conduct. In March of 2023, a comprehensive review of the program revealed a discrepancy in the pre-requisite requirements to sit for the examination and the reality of what CLC candidates enrolled in the Comprehensive Course Pathway and the Aggregate Pathway were actually doing to prepare for the CLC examination with ALPP. Feedback from ALPP’s last Job Task Analysis supported these claims. The WHO/UNICEF Breastfeeding Standards inform the content topic areas for the recurring Job Task Analysis, and through its evolution as a program, the CLC certification examination requires far more review and preparation than what was previously understood. ALPP’s Advisory Commission was notified and briefed on these findings and, on April 3rd, voted to change the CLC program’s pre-requisite education requirements to 95 hours of didactic training in addition to the rigorous competency verification process already in place for CLC candidates, effective April 5, 2024. This change reflects the dedication of ALPP to continue to improve as a national certification body, and the commitment our team has made to families seeking breastfeeding support. This change also highlights the fact that CLCs are wholly qualified and able to fulfill their unique Scope of Practice. CLCs are able to incorporate evidence-based approaches to clinical practice as members of  the health care team and to assess and provide care for families experiencing complex breastfeeding issues. Candidates who have applied for the CLC examination on any of the three pathways to certification before or on April 5, 2024 will be permitted to meet the earlier requirements of didactic education. Candidates applying for the CLC examination on April 6, 2024 and beyond will be required to fulfill the new standard set forth above.