Certification Council: Recertification
Lamaze International has a mandatory recertification program for LCCE educators. To promote continuing competence through life-long learning, recertification is accomplished through continuing education or re-examination. A three year recertification period has been established to ensure LCCE educators keep current with evidence-based research related to maternity care practices, teaching and learning, and emerging knowledge relevant to childbirth education. This policy outlines the requirements and procedures for recertification of LCCE educators.
The Certification Council has overall responsibility for the recertification program, including the requirements and fees. Problems and requests for exceptions regarding recertification are referred to the Recertification Chair for consideration, and final approval by the Chair of the Certification Council.
In order to maintain certification status, all LCCE educators must recertify every three years. Recertification dates are June 30 or December 31 of each year. Applicants must have 25 contact hours of continuing education applicable to childbirth and perinatal education completed within the last three years. Continuing education credit can be applied towards recertification during the three years immediately following conferred certification or previous recertification.
Approved Continuing Education Providers
Childbirth and perinatal education continuing education programs must be approved by one of the following organizations:
- Lamaze International
- Accredited colleges and universities (one credit hour equals 15 contact hours)
- American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
- American Dietetic Association (ADA)
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) – Section on Women’s Health
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- American Public Health Association (APHA)
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), including AWHONN update services
- DONA International (DONA)
- International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE)
- International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- National Certification Corporation (NCC)
- Any state nurses association or board of nursing
- Programs approved by professional associations or health care agencies
An educator may recertify by substituting 10 hours of alternative activities (of the 25 contact hour continuing education requirement). No more than 10 hours of alternate credit activity may be applied toward recertification. Additional contact hours may be given for alternate credit on a case-by-case basis if more than ten hours are requested. Alternate activities may be used for recertification with Lamaze International but do not constitute official contact hours of continuing education.
These activities may include:
- Continuous Presence during Labor & Birth – An LCCE educator may earn alternate credit for having continuous presence during a labor and birth. One hour of credit is awarded for each hour of the birth.
- Class Observation – An LCCE educator may earn alternate credit by observing another childbirth educator in a class setting. One hour of credit is awarded for each hour of observation.
- Publication – An LCCE educator may earn ten hours of alternate credit for the first time publication of a book, chapter in a book, or article directly related to childbirth education. Five hours of credit may be awarded for major editing or rewriting of a publication.
- Education or Certification Council Committee Service – An LCCE educator may earn alternate credit for service on a committee of Lamaze Internationals Education Council or Certification Council. Service hours will be verified by the Administrative Office in consultation with the Committee Chair.
- Item Writing – An LCCE educator may earn alternate credit hours by participating in an item writing workshop or submitting items for review for the writing awards. One hour of credit is awarded for each hour of participation.
- Lecture Presentation – An LCCE educator may earn alternate credit for lecturing at the undergraduate/graduate level or for giving a presentation at a conference or within a university. Lectures and presentations must be childbirth education related and credit only may be received for first-time presentations. A course outline of the lecture or presentation must be presented with the alternate credit form and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. One hour of credit is awarded for each hour of lecture or presentation.
Mandatory Continuing Education Credit
The Certification Council reserves the right to select a specific continuing education program or a selection of continuing education programs as mandatory credit toward recertification. Mandatory continuing education credit will be enacted on an ad hoc basis at the Council’s discretion. Mandatory continuing education submissions will be in effect for three years and all LCCE educators due to recertify in the designated time period will be notified at least one year prior to their due date. LCCE educators who do not complete and submit mandatory continuing education will lose their certification.
Any remaining credit, of the 25 contact hours due, in addition to mandatory programs must be earned through approved courses or through completion of alternate credit activities that are applicable to childbirth education, the Lamaze Philosophy of Birth and the Competency Statements for LCCE educators.
Recertification by Re-examination
LCCE educators may choose to recertify by re-examination instead of completing continuing education credit. LCCE educators who choose to recertify by re-examination must successfully pass the Certification Exam prior to their recertification date. The recertification application must be submitted prior to her recertification date, with a copy of the letter indicating the date on which they pass the certification exam. All recertification fees apply.
Recertification Application and Documentation
LCCE educators will begin to receive reminders of their recertification due date at nine months prior to their respective deadline. A Recertification Brochure and Application will be issued to all LCCE educators due to recertify not less than three months before their respective due dates. Each applicant must submit an application listing all continuing education programs completed, showing program title, date, number of contact hours and approved provider. Certificates of completion do not need to be sent with the recertification application, but must be kept on file by the applicant for a period of five (5) years.
Notification of Recertification
A letter signed by the Certification Council Chair is sent to all applicants who have met the recertification requirements to confirm their recertification. Applicants are also issued a new Certification Card indicating their certification number and next recertification due date. A record is kept of when and to whom the letters are sent.
Individuals who have recertified will be periodically audited and required to provide certificates of completion for continuing education programs listed on their recertification application. Lamaze International will randomly audit 10 percent of the LCCE educators due to recertify each recertification date. An LCCE educator selected for audit will be contacted following submission of their completed application and will be asked to forward copies of the certificates documenting the continuing education courses listed on the application. LCCE educators are responsible for keeping copies of all certificates of attendance for continuing education events.
Notification of Lapsed Certification
LCCE educators who do not meet their respective recertification deadlines are given 60 days following their due date to file an application. Any applications postmarked after the original due date will be subject to an administrative fee. A warning letter signed by the Certification Council Chair is sent 30 days following the due date to all LCCE educators at risk of having their credential lapse. If no response is received after 60 days, a final lapse notification is sent. Educators whose certification has lapsed may no longer use the LCCE educator credential.
LCCE educators may submit a request for an extension for a period of up to 6 months from their respective due date. All requests for extensions must be submitted in writing before the application deadline in order to be considered. Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis. LCCE educators seeking extension receive notification upon receipt of their request. LCCE educators who do not request an extension before the deadline must submit an application within 60 days following their due date. LCCE educators who receive extensions are permitted to continue using the LCCE credential until their extended due date. Extensions do not change the educator’s original due date. Educators who receive extensions are still due to recertify three years from their original due date. LCCE educators may receive up to 3 extensions for a given recertification period.
Reinstatement of LCCE Credential
Educators whose credentials lapse after 60 days from their due date may submit an application with continuing education credit within 18 months following their due date to reinstate their LCCE credential. If the application is submitted within 6 months of the due date no additional continuing education credit is required. If the application is submitted between 6-18 months of the due date, educators must submit 5 additional contact hours for each additional 6 month period they have been lapsed. Any application to reinstate the LCCE credential received within 18 months will still be subject to all related administrative fees. Educators who do not reinstate their certification within 18 months of their due date may only reinstate their credential through re-examination. Educators who reinstate their credential by re-examination will be subject to any and all exam and recertification fees.
Storage of Records
All records pertaining to recertification are kept and filed pursuant to the Certification Council Record Retention policy. Recertification applications are kept on the premises of the Lamaze Administrative office for three years before being moved to off-site storage.
Approved: March 25, 1994
Amended: March 31, 1995; Alternate credit defined.
Amended: June, 2002; Required credit amendment
Amended: November, 2004 (amended alternate credit criteria)
Amended & Revised: January, 11, 2008; alternate credit, contact hour standard, late fees & reinstatement requirements.