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Eligibility Requirements to Become Lamaze Certified

Lamaze offers a three-step process to be eligible to sit for the Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) certification exam. Lamaze International is here to guide you to education and resources that will help you acquire the training and skills you need. Explore the options below to fulfill the eligibility requirements in the way that works for you!

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Follow These Steps to Become Lamaze Certified

Note: All eligibility requirements must be completed within three calendar years of exam registration.


Lamaze Educator Learning Guide

Order the Lamaze Learning Guide* to complete self-study of the essential content for educators. Learn more.

Alternative Equivalents:

*Candidates must order their own copy of the Learning Guide through Lamaze International. The 2017 Learning Guide will fulfill exam eligibility through the November 2019 exam administration.

Note: If you have selected alternative education to fulfill your 25 hours and are unsure if it is accepted by Lamaze, please email


Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Seminar 

Attend a Lamaze Seminar to acquire the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective educator. Learn more.

Alternate Equivalents:

  • Document 60 hours of childbirth education teaching experience within the past three years.
  • Document your status as a current student or graduate from a midwifery training program. (This option must be paired with a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Seminar for exam eligibility)
  • Complete an approved formal course on teaching childbirth education.

Note: All eligibility requirements must be completed within three calendar years of exam registration.

Note: Each type of educational activity can only be used once for a candidate’s eligibility.


Apply and Take the Lamaze Certification Exam

After you have completed a requirement from both steps above, you are eligible to apply to take the Lamaze Certification Exam. Learn more.

To apply for the Lamaze Certification Exam, you will need to create or login to your Lamaze International account and upload certificate(s) of completion and supporting documents of your completed requirements.

To learn more about the exam, see Certification Exam Information.

To begin your application, login to the Certification Center Portal


How to Prepare for the Lamaze Certification Exam

Lamaze International offers a variety of resources to help you prepare for the certification exam.

Lamaze Exam Blueprint

The Lamaze Exam Blueprint contains valuable information on the competencies assessed on the exam as well as their respective weights. 

Educator Seminars

Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Seminars will help you to:

  • Design, teach and evaluate a course in Lamaze preparation that increases a woman’s confidence and ability to give birth.
  • Promote the childbearing experience as a safe and healthy process which profoundly affects women and their families.
  • Assist women and their families to discover and use strategies to facilitate natural, safe, and healthy pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.
  • Help women and their families understand how complications and interventions influence the normal course of labor and birth.
  • Create a curriculum using the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices as your foundation.
  • Create activities that will help you deliver an engaging childbirth education classes.
  • Prepare for the Lamaze Certification Exam.

Lamaze Learning Guide

The Lamaze Learning Guide is the core curriculum used in the Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program. It also can be used as a self-study, self-assessment tool by experienced educators who are preparing to sit for the Lamaze Certification Exam, or as a valuable resource and learning system for LCCE educators who want to assess and update their knowledge base.

The Lamaze Toolkit for Childbirth Educators, one of the primary core readings referenced in the Lamaze Learning Guide, is included with your purchase of the Learning Guide. The Lamaze Toolkit is a curriculum guide developed specifically for Lamaze educators to enhance their own course design and teaching skills. The Lamaze Toolkit covers the Lamaze fundamentals for pregnancy, birth and parenting as well as the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices.

Exam Prep Course

Our online exam prep course allows you to practice your test taking skills and try your hand at several questions similar to the ones you may find on the Lamaze exam. It also provides information regarding the seven competencies covered, how the exam is constructed and helpful tips on how to study for the exam.

Educator Essentials

The Lamaze Educator Essentials were created to offer an alternative for experienced educators to learn and understand the Lamaze approach to childbirth education and in circumstances when attending a live seminar is not an option.

Recommended Readings

Lamaze International has developed a list of core recommended readings for Lamaze Certification Exam candidates. This list is compiled for use in conjunction with the Learning Guide. Each of these texts contains pertinent information for the childbirth educator in the areas of pregnancy, labor support, breastfeeding and early parenting.


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