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    Certification Exam

    The Lamaze Certification Program meets the highest professional standards and is the ONLY childbirth educator certification program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

    Important Dates

    Certification Exam
    The childbirth educator certification exam application process begins after the candidate has successfully completed all criteria of one of the three pathways of Eligibility Requirements.

    2013/2014 Critical Dates

    Exam Dates Exam Registration Opens Foreign Language notice Deadline Alternate Site
    Application Deadline 
    Exam Registration Closes Longitudinal Analysis Upload Exam Results Available

    April 23-25, 2014

    February 1, 2014

    March 1, 2014

    March 17, 2014

    March 10, 2014



    October 23-25, 2014

    August 1, 2014

    August 23, 2014

    September 14, 2014

    September 15, 2014



    * The April exam is designated for other foreign language translation based on required minimum according to policy.

    Exam Administration

    The exam is administered through the company PSI. PSI has more than 500 testing centers around the continental U.S, and many in big cities around the world. To find a testing center near you, visit the PSI website and select Lamaze for "Sponsor Name." Candidates who do not have testing centers available are responsible for securing a proctor AND a site where they can use a laptop or that has a computer lab and must apply no later than the alternate site deadline.

    Exam Fees

    All fees are payable in U.S. dollars to Lamaze International and must be paid in full by the application deadline. Exam fees are based on membership status as well as data provided by the World Bank relative to the Gross National Income (GNI).

    Group A*: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, United States
    Member Price: $250
    Non-Member Price: $380

    Group B*: Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Romania
    Member Price: $235
    Non-Member Price: $350

    Group C*: China, India, Philippines
    Member Price: $225
    Non-Member Price: $330

    Group D*: Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria
    Member Price: $215
    Non-Member Price: $315

    Re-Examination Fee
    Member Price: $155
    Non-Member Price: $255

    *To determine the pricing group categories for other countries please see the Membership Dues Structure or Contact Us.

    Incomplete or ineligible applications, or applications submitted without payment will be returned and are subject to all policies, fees and deadlines.

    If a candidate needs to cancel or transfer their application to the next exam date, she/he must submit a request through the certification center at least two weeks prior to the exam date. Candidates are permitted to defer or transfer their exam application and fee for two exam administrations. Each exam deferment will incur a $75 deferment fee and must be paid prior to the next exam administration. Exam cancellations and transfers are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

    A $29 fee will be assessed on all returned checks. Exam application fees are non-refundable. All Lamaze International Childbirth Educator Certification policies, fees and requirements are subject to change without notice.

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    • 150 Multiple-Choice Questions
    • 3 Hours are Allotted for Completion

    Download the Exam Blueprint


    Questions reflect essential information that a childbirth educator should know. Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE) from around the world work together to develop the test 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
    In addition, the 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. Historical information is available in the annual Certification Exam Report, which can be viewed online.

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