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Certification: Examination Eligibility and Review

Purpose

This policy is established to ensure uniform procedures are followed for determining exam eligibility and for the open exam application review process.

Responsibilities

The Certification Council has sole responsibility for setting eligibility criteria and determining eligibility for the certification examination. The Application Review Committee, which is comprised of the Exam Development Committee Chair and one other member of the Certification Council appointed by the Chair, has responsibility for reviewing applications for open exam candidates to determine eligibility. The Chair of the Council will make the final determination regarding candidate eligibility.

Candidate Eligibility

To be eligible for the Lamaze International Certification Examination, an applicant must meet the criteria in either A (new to the childbirth education field), B (open/experienced educator) or C (midwife/midwifery student):

A.

  1. Provide documentation of successful completion of a Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Education Program Seminar and self study from Lamaze Study Guide (via enrollment form from Lamaze Program/Seminar). Candidates must sit for the exam with in three years of completing the seminar.
  2. Provide documentation of childbirth education practice teaching experience with a mentor/observer. Practice teaching may be achieved in a variety of ways, including practice teaching approved by a Lamaze Program Director or another childbirth educator mentor.

OR

  1. Provide documentation of successful completion of a formal course on teaching childbirth education (i.e., Lamaze International, ICEA, Bradley, Birthing from Within, Birth Works, CAPPA, Childbirth International).
  2. Provide documentation of childbirth education practice teaching experience with a mentor/observer. Practice teaching may be achieved in a variety of ways, including practice teaching approved by a Lamaze Program Director or other childbirth educator mentor.
  3. Provide documentation of 25 contact hours of continuing education in the past three years (continuing education must be in addition to formal course and directly related to the Lamaze Childbirth Educator competencies that promote natural, safe, and healthy pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting) OR completion of the 4 Lamaze Childbirth Education Learning modules (available July 1, 2010.)

OR

B.

Must be a licensed health professional (i.e., RN, PT, MD), OR hold a bachelor’s degree or higher OR provide documentation of successful completion of a formal course on teaching childbirth education (i.e., Lamaze International, ICEA, Bradley, Birthing from Within, Birth Works, CAPPA, Childbirth International).

AND

Provide documentation of 60 hours of childbirth education teaching experience in the past three years. Childbirth education may include pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, sibling and postpartum classes.

AND

Provide documentation of 25 contact hours of continuing education in the past three years (continuing education must be in addition to formal course and directly related to the Lamaze Childbirth Educator competencies that promote natural, safe, and healthy pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting) OR completion of the 4 Lamaze Childbirth Education Learning modules (available July 1, 2010) OR a Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar.

OR

C.

Currently a Midwife or a Midwifery Student

AND

  1. Provide documentation of attending a special one-day workshop, the Lamaze “Fast-Track for Midwives” seminar or full Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar.

OR

  1. Childbirth Educator Training: Provide documentation of completion of another formal course on teaching childbirth education (i.e., ICEA, Bradley, Birthing from Within, Birth Works, CAPPA, Childbirth International).
  2. Continuing Education: Provide documentation of 25 contact hours of continuing education in the past three years (continuing education must be in addition to formal course and directly related to the LAMAZE Childbirth Educator competencies that promote natural, safe, and healthy pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting) OR completion of the 4 Lamaze Childbirth Education Learning modules (available July 1, 2010.)

Procedures

The following procedures are followed for determining eligibility of a candidate to take the Lamaze International Childbirth Educator Certification Exam:

Examination Applications

A candidate who has met the eligibility criteria may apply to take the Certification Exam. The candidate must submit a completed exam application form and exam fee to the Administrative Office by the published deadline. Any requests for special testing accommodations pursuant to the American Disability Act must be made in writing and submitted with the application no later than the specified deadline. Lamaze International reserves the right to obtain a second professional opinion regarding the nature and severity of the disability and appropriate accommodations. Likewise, special requests for alternate arrangements on the basis of religious observances must be received at the Administrative Office by the published deadline. Again, Lamaze International reserves the right to confirm the reason for the special request. Lamaze International will contact the applicant to make necessary arrangements regarding such requests for special accommodations. Candidates are responsible for locating an appropriate test site, preferably in an education setting with a testing department, and a proctor who is not an LCCE educator. Upon receipt of the examination application, the payment amount, check number, and date of receipt are noted on the application. The candidate’s database record is updated to indicate that the application materials have been received and the test site which the candidate has chosen. If the application is incomplete, a letter is sent to the candidate notifying them of the needed materials. An incomplete application fee may apply. Applications are filed alphabetically, with a separate file kept for incomplete applications. 

No individual will be excluded from the opportunity to participate in the Lamaze International Certification Program on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.

Determining Eligibility

Once it has been determined that an application is complete, the candidate must be determined to be eligible to take the Certification Exam. The process for determining eligibility differs for candidates who graduate from an Lamaze International accredited Childbirth Educator Program and those who are open exam candidates.

Graduates of a Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Educator Program

For candidates who are graduates of a Lamaze International accredited Childbirth Educator Program, the Certification Program Coordinator/Assistant verifies completion of the program. This is accomplished by ensuring that a Program Completion Form is housed in the Administrative Office files and reflected on the candidate’s database record. Those applicants with complete application forms and verified completion of the Lamaze International Childbirth Educator Program are eligible to take the examination. In the case where the records of the Administrative Office do not reflect completion of the program, the Certification Program Coordinator/Assistant will contact the director of the program and verify completion, asking for a hard copy of the completion form for the Administrative Office files. Upon receipt of the Program Completion Form, the applicant will be eligible to take the Certification Examination.

Open Exam Candidates

For open exam candidates, the Certification Program Coordinator/ Assistant verifies satisfaction of the expanded eligibility criteria on the basis of the paperwork accompanying the application. This information is documented on the Open Exam Review Form (see Attachment I). If an applicant is missing documentation, a letter is sent notifying the candidate of the materials needed. Complete applications, along with the Open Exam Review Form, are photocopied. The original is kept in the Administrative Office files, and the copy is sent to one member of the Application Review Committee. The Application Review Committee member then reviews the application and determines if the applicant is eligible to take the Certification Examination. The decision is noted on the Open Exam Review Form and the Application Review Committee member signs off on this decision and returns the application, including the Open Exam Review Form to the Administrative Office. In instances where a Review Committee member is having difficulty reaching a decision, she may confer with another committee member in determining eligibility. Likewise, in a case where the applicant is denied eligibility or challenges the decision of the Review Committee, the Certification Council Chair will review the application. The

Certification Council Chair will make the final determination of a candidate’s eligibility to take the exam.

Approved: December, 2009
Updated: January, 2010