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Choose Your Pathway to Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) Certification

Lamaze offers three pathways toward Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) certification based on your level of experience.

Each pathway will help you acquire the training and skills you need. To become certified through Lamaze, you must complete the eligibility requirements for the pathway that applies to you and pass the Certification Exam. Click here to download our pathways flyer, or click on one of the icons below!

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

New2.pngNew to Childbirth Education

If you are new to the field, you have two options to develop your skills and prepare to take the Certification Exam. 

Choose one of the following options:

Option 1

Complete a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Seminar and self-study with the Lamaze Learning Guide*.

Note: candidates must take the exam within three years of attending a seminar.

Option 2

Complete an approved formal course on teaching childbirth education and do ONE of the following:

  • Complete the three Lamaze Educator Essentials.
  • Complete 25 hours of continuing education related to the Childbirth Educator competencies.

Experienced.pngExperienced Childbirth Educators

If you can document 60 hours of childbirth education teaching experience within the past three years, you have four options to prepare you to take the Lamaze Certification Exam:

Option 1

Complete the three Lamaze Educator Essentials.

Option 2

Complete a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Seminar.

Option 3

Complete 25 hours of continuing education related to the Childbirth Educator competencies.

Option 4

Complete an approved formal course on teaching childbirth education.

Midwife.pngMidwives or Midwifery Student

If you have completed or are currently in a midwifery training program, you have two options to prepare you to take the Lamaze Certification Exam:

Choose one of the following options:

Option 1

Complete the Lamaze Fast Track for Midwives Seminar.

Option 2

Complete a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Seminar.

Helpful Tips:

The Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminars are worth a minimum of 20 contact hours of continuing education. Click here to find a seminar near you.

You can also earn contact hours through our Annual Conference, online education offerings, or our approved providers of continuing education.

Accepted Formal Courses

Note: Other formal courses may be accepted on an individual basis. For more information, please contact our Certification Specialist at certification@lamaze.org.

*Candidates must purchase their own copy of the Learning Guide through Lamaze International. Candidates who purchased the 2013 Study Guide prior to the release of the Learning Guide are not required to purchase the Learning Guide and proof of purchase of either resource will be accepted to fulfill minimum eligibility requirements.