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LCCE Recertification Q&A

As you navigate the process of renewing your Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) certification, it’s understandable that you may have some questions. Here are some helpful answers:

How often do I need to renew my LCCE certification?
You will need to apply for recertification every three years, beginning on the year that you earned your LCCE certification.Your recertification fee also includes your Lamaze International membership dues for three years.

What date to I need to recertify?
You must recertify by the date your Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) certification expires.  Your recertification expires every three years on December 31st. Check the date that your LCCE certification expires on the back of your Certification Card, or in the Lamaze Member Center.
 
What are my options for recertification?
You have two options to renew your LCCE certification: either submit 25 continuing education contact hours or re-take and pass the Lamaze Certification Exam. For a complete overview of these options (and specific requirements for each), visit the Recertification Requirements page.

What do I need to submit for recertification?
You need to submit your recertification application, available in the Lamaze Certification Center along with either 25 continuing education contact hours, or a copy of the letter stating that you have re-taken and passed the Lamaze Certification Exam. For a complete overview, visit the Recertification Requirements page.

What approved providers can I earn continuing education contact hours from?
You can earn continuing education contact hours from any approved providers listed on the Approved Providers of Continuing Education page.

Can I submit alternate credit towards recertification?
You have the option to submit 10 of the 25 continuing education contact hours as alternate credit. In some cases, more than 10 hours may be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. For a complete overview of alternate credit guidelines, view the Submitting Alternate Credit Towards Recertification page.

What are the additional fees towards recertification?
 For a complete overview of fees, view the Recertification Fees page. 

How should I submit my recertification application and materials for certification?
The Lamaze Online Certification Center allows you to upload supporting documents and submit your recertification application online. It also makes it easy to track contact hours as you earn them, and store everything you need to submit all in one place.

Once I submit my recertification application and materials, what can I expect?
All applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received, and take 2-3 weeks to be processed, depending on the volume of submissions.  Educators who submit incomplete applications will be notified directly. If your application is approved, you’ll receive an official letter of notification. You will also be able to print a new certification card from the Certification Center indicating your next recertification date.

My certification has already lapsed. What options do I have?
You’ll need to submit a request for an extension, pay a lapsed certification fee, and submit extra contact hours or re-take the Certification Exam, depending on how long your certification has lapsed. For a complete overview of the process for lapsed certifications, view the Renew Your LCCE Certification page.