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How to Become an LCCE Educator


Are you considering applying for the Lamaze certification exam? From when and where the exam takes place, to how the questions are developed and scored, keep reading to learn everything you need to know before applying to become an LCCE educator.

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NOTE: With the uncertain duration of the unprecedented situation caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic, Lamaze International is proud to be able to offer a remote exam proctoring service through Examity, allowing you to take the exam in the comfort and convenience of your own home! (Please note that all candidates wishing to use the remote proctoring service must have internet access and a tablet, laptop computer, or workstation with a working web camera.) If you are interested in utilizing this option, simply select “Remote Exam Proctoring” within the Testing Site Confirmation form.

The certification exam takes place two times a year — each spring in April or May and each fall in October or November. Exams in languages other than English are available by request during the fall exam cycle only.

2020 Exam Testing Windows

Application Opens

Application Closes 
(International & Alternate Sites)

Application Closes

Results Available

May 1-5 January 15 April 3 April 10 6-8 weeks
November 6-10 July 15 October 9 October 16 6-8 weeks


Testing Site Options

The LCCE Educator Certification Exam is given through TesTrac.com, which offers several convenient options for testing locations. Within two weeks of your exam application approval, you will receive an email to select your preferred testing option listed below and specific testing date. Note that you will only be able to secure a date and location once you receive this email.

Testing Site Questions or Changes: Call TesTrac at 952-997-0641 at least two weeks before the exam date window opens.

Testing site options include:

  • NEW! Examity: Remote Exam Proctoring Service in the convenience of your own home, office or other approved testing setting that meets the following specifications:
    • Internet access
    • Tablet, laptop computer or workstation with working camera
    • After Lamaze has approved your exam application, you will receive an email from TesTrac with your unique login details, allowing you to book a reservation online via the TesTrac scheduling site.
      • NOTE: Due to vendor limitations caused by COVID-19, approved May 2020 exam candidates will not receive their unique login details from TesTrac until Tuesday, April 14. We appreciate your patience.
      • Prior to the day of testing, re-enter the site and click on “Open Portal” to connect to Examity to setup your security profile and test your computers compatibility.
      • On day of testing, re-enter site to connect to Examity to begin your test.
         
  • TesTrac/PSI Testing Centers locations are listed on the PSI website.
    • NOTE: Due to COVID-19 closures, PSI Testing Centers are not available for the May 2020 exam.
  • Alternate Testing Site with an Independent Proctor may be arranged if you cannot take advantage of remote exam proctoring, or if you are outside the United States and more than 150 miles away from a TesTrac/PSI testing center.
    • You must contact the Lamaze Office at least ten weeks prior to the exam date (by the alternate site deadline) and are responsible for identifying an approved exam proctor an appropriate test site, with a computer available, and approved proctor.
    • The proctor must not be an LCCE educator, relative or person who presents a conflict of interest (such as an employer). It is preferred that the test site be an educational setting conducive to test taking.
    • The following form must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the exam date. 

Proctor Form

Format

The exam contains 165 multiple-choice questions, which must be completed within three hours. The Exam Blueprint provides a breakdown of the content covered on the exam.

Expenses

The cost for United States candidates is $395. Find costs for candidates outside the United States.

The fee includes Lamaze International membership for three years, pending successful completion of the exam.

Exam application fees are non-refundable. All Lamaze International Childbirth Educator Certification policies, fees and requirements are subject to change without notice.

Retake

If a candidate does not successfully pass the exam, they are eligible to retake it in any language and in any form (CBT and PBT) as early as the next time the selected language is offered. There is no required waiting period and no limit on the amount of times a candidate can retake the exam. The retake fee is $170 for Lamaze Members and $270 for Non-Members.

Deferral

If a candidate needs to cancel or transfer their application to the next exam date, they must submit a request via email at least two weeks prior to the exam date. Candidates may defer or transfer their exam application and fee for up to two exam periods. Each exam deferral will incur a $75 fee due prior to the next exam. There are no refunds for Certificate Exam payments. Exam cancellations and transfers are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Exam Questions and Scoring

Questions: Questions reflect essential information that a childbirth educator should know. Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators from around the world work together to develop the test questions (items). The Certification Council makes the final selection of questions for an item bank. The level of difficulty of the item is identified at the time it is written. In general, the items that require some level of analysis, rather than simple recall of information, are considered more difficult.

Difficulty Rating: Distracters for each question are rated. A question that has more “sophisticated” distracters that require a higher level of knowledge is rated as more difficult. At least 30 percent of the questions on the certification exam are application questions that require analysis, rather than simple recall of information.

Passing Score: The passing score for the certification exam is different each time the exam is given. After each administration, a psychometrician completes a statistical analysis. The committee reviews the statistics for each test question and if a particular question does not “perform” well, it is eliminated from the scoring. The level of difficulty of the remaining items determines the passing score.

Score Standard: An important feature of this exam is that those who take the exam are not compared to each other. Rather, individuals are compared to a standard, which is based on the level of difficulty of each test item. The passing score on the exam has ranged from 70 percent to 79 percent. More detailed information regarding scoring is provided on the score report that each candidate receives following the test administration.

Still have questions? Our certification team is here to help! Email us at certification@lamaze.org.

 

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