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. Fees are set by the Certification Council as part of the Certification budget approved by the Board of Directors. Administration is the responsibility of the administrative staff with oversight from the Certification Council Governing Body. Problems and requests for exceptions regarding recertification are referred to the Certification Council Chair for consideration.
In order to maintain certification status, all LCCE educators must recertify every three years by December 31 of the recertification year. Educators may not submit identical continuing education content from a previous recertification. 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 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 (1 credit hour equals 15 contact hours)
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
- American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
- 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 nurse’s association or board of nursing
- Programs that have been approved for Lamaze Continuing Education Contact Hours
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 10 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.
- Lamaze International Council or Committee Service – An LCCE educator may earn alternate credit for service on a Lamaze International committee. The Administrative Office, in consultation with the committee chair, will verify service hours. One hour of credit is awarded for each hour of participation.
- Item Writing – An LCCE educator may earn alternate credit by participating in an item writing workshop or submitting items for review. 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 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. An 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 passed the certification exam. All recertification and certification exam fees apply.
Recertification Application and Documentation
LCCE educators will begin to receive reminders of their recertification due date at least nine months prior to their respective deadline. An email communication will be sent with links to full recertification information, procedures and the online application not less than three months before their respective due dates. Each applicant must submit an online application though the certification center 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
An email signed by the Certification Council Chair is sent to all applicants who have met the recertification requirements to confirm their recertification. Applicants will receive information on how to download their new Certification Card indicating their certification number and next recertification due date.
IIndividuals 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 or upload 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 and having them available upon request. 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.
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 submitted 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 electronically and maintained in compliance with the record retention policy.
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: January, 11, 2008; alternate credit, contact hour standard, late fees & reinstatement requirements.
Updated: March 2012, June 2017