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How to Recertify

As an LCCE educator, you are required to show you are up-to-date on the latest evidence by submitting 25 contact hours of continuing education every three years.

Are you ready to recertify? Renew your LCCE credential by following these simple steps.

Need assistance? Contact our certification team at or +1 202-367-1128.

Get Recertification Ready!

STEP 1: Earn 25 Continuing Education Credits

Both Standard Credits and Alternate Credits count toward your 25 hours.

  • Standard Credit: a class, seminar, webinar, workshop, conference, etc. that you completed with Lamaze or one of our approved providers (maternal health organizations that offer formal education).

    All LCCE educators recertifying in 2020, 2021, or 2022 must include the mandatory CE requirement, a course on the updated Standards of Practice and Essential Content, in their recertification transcriptClick here to take the Essential Content course. Please note that if you have not used our Learning Management Site to complete CE in the past, you will need to create a username and login to access the course. Click here for more information on the Essential Content requirement.
  • If you took a course with an organization not on the approved provider list that you think is relevant, email the course details to Our team can approve individual courses as requested.

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Look at the certificate from the course you took – a seal of approval from the organization providing the hours is likely on there! (For example, see Lamaze’s seal here.)

Only activities completed within the last three years count towards recertification. TIP: If you are due to recertify in December 2019, your credits should have dates in 2017, 2018 or 2019.

All activities must relate to at least one of the Lamaze Competencies.

Need to earn additional credits? We have options for you!

STEP 2: Record Your Continuing Education Hours

  • Log in to your Lamaze International account.

TIP: Forgot your login information? Email to reset your password.


  • Do you see your email at the top? Great! Now, click “ENTER CREDITS.”

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TIP: If you see “You cannot create any new applications at this time.” at the bottom, it just means you have an application in process. Proceed to ENTER CREDITS.

  • Add each individual course by selecting “Add new record.”

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  • Most of your education should be a Standard Credit, but up to 10 hours of Alternate Credit can be submitted (learn more). You are not penalized for submitting additional hours in either category.

TIP: You cannot change the type of credit after the fact. If you selected the wrong one, delete that item and add a new record.


TIP: If you ATTENDED a lecture, it is a Standard Credit. The “Alternate – Lecture/Presentation” credit applies if you were the PRESENTER.

What information goes where?

Remind me of the required information.

Course Title: Include the full title; we need to know what this course was about.

Contact Hours: How many hours does this count for? (Check your certificate!)

Course Date: When did I complete this activity? (Must be within the last three years.)

Sponsor: Who organized and hosted the course? (E.g., GOLD online learning)

Location: Where was I when I completed this activity?

CE Provider: Who provides the continuing education credit for the actual education? (E.g., IBLCE provides the CERPS for this course)

Approval Number: This number ONLY applies to Lamaze activities and is on your certificate.

Competencies: Which competency does the course relate to? Check all that apply!


TIP: Sometimes the Sponsor and Provider are the same. (E.g., Lamaze can be both!)

STEP 3: Submit Your Application

  • Once you have enough hours, the blue button that says “ENTER CREDITS” will say “RENEW” – Click there and follow the steps to create your application!
  • Keep a copy of all certificates of completion from your continuing education on file in case you are selected for an audit (Lamaze conducts a random audit of 10% of applications per year).
  • Click the links on screen to review the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for LCCE educators, and then agree to the terms.
  • Make sure you have taken and included the Essential Content course on your transcript. Applications without this mandatory recertification credit will not be approved.



  • Submit payment for your recertification via credit card or check. Check payments take longer to process and your application cannot be reviewed until payment is received.


CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve completed your recertification and are able to continue educating parents with the latest evidence as an LCCE educator.


View frequently asked questions.

Q: I’ve submitted my application, now what?

The certification team will review your application within three weeks. If more than three weeks have passed, we may have tried to reach out to you with a question. Please email to check the status.

TIP: 75% of LCCE educators wait until December to recertify and that high volume can mean a longer review period. Get ahead by submitting yours earlier in the year!

Q: How do I access my updated certification card?

Login to the Certification Center to see your new certification date and print your updated card.

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Q: HELP! I’ve already lapsed!

Don’t worry, all LCCE educators are granted a grace period of 12 months in which to complete the process above and restore their credential by submitting 30 total credit hours and a $40 additional late fee.

More Questions?

Email or call 202-367-1128.

Additional Recertification Information

As an LCCE educator, you are required to show you are up-to-date on the latest evidence by submitting 25 contact hours of continuing education every three years. View additional information on recertifying your LCCE credential below!

Need assistance? Contact our certification team at or +1 202-367-1128.

Alternate Credits

Alternate credit is an experience, or a combination of experiences, that help you grow your skills as a childbirth educator, but isn’t necessarily an educational course. You can earn alternate credit from a single category of activities or a combination of multiple categories.

Note that a maximum of 10 of the 25 contact hours submitted can be in the alternate category. In some cases, more than 10 hours may be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.

Examples of Alternate Credit (Click here to view)

Continuous Presence During Labor and Birth
Earn one hour of alternate credit for each hour of a labor and birth that you are continuously present during. A completed birth observation form must be kept in your records and presented upon request.

Class Observation
Earn one hour of alternate credit by observing another childbirth educator in a class setting.

Education or Certification Committee Service
Earn alternate credit by serving on a Lamaze council or committee (e.g. Education Council). The Lamaze Administrative office will verify service hours.

Earn up to 10 hours of alternate credit for the first-time publication of a book, book chapter or an article directly related to childbirth education. 
Earn up to five hours for considerably editing or rewriting a publication.

Item Writing
Earn alternate credit by writing and submitting questions for the Certification Exam. One hour of alternate credit is awarded for every question that is approved. Be sure to review the Item Writing Instructions, and submit your questions with the Item Writing Submission form.

Earn one hour of alternate credit for each hour of a lecture or presentation that you give at the undergraduate or graduate level. You can also give a presentation at a conference or within a university. All lectures or presentations must be childbirth education-related, and alternate credit will only be awarded for first-time presentations. An outline of the lecture or presentation must be submitted with the alternate credit form.

Following the Competencies

Credits submitted must be related to the Lamaze Competencies.

Acceptable Continuing Education Topics

  • Pregnancy, Labor and the Postpartum Period
  • Increasing Women’s Confidence in Labor
  • Promoting Healthy Birth for Optimal Outcomes
  • Promoting, Supporting and Protecting Breastfeeding
  • Teaching Adult Learners

Unacceptable Continuing Education Topics

  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Menopause
  • Breast Cancer
  • Health issues NOT directly applicable to pregnancy, labor or the postpartum period

Providing Documentation

You don’t need to provide supporting documentation unless you’re audited. Lamaze randomly audits 10 percent of recertification applications submitted. If you’re audited, you’ll be asked to submit supporting documentation for each continuing education program listed on your application. We recommend that you save both a digital and hard copy of your documents for your own records and in the event that you are selected for a random audit. In the event that there is not sufficient evidence to support the completion of the required continuing education the application will be denied and the credential revoked.

Recertification by Exam

In addition to recertifying with continuing education contact hours, you have the option of renewing your certification by retaking and successfully passing the Lamaze Certification Exam (offered annually every spring and fall). The fee for recertification by exam is $255.

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