Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) are the professional education units awarded by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) to sessions at conferences and to other educational materials or programs which are appropriate continuing education for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). CERPs are for IBCLCs and are not required by candidates taking the exam for the first time.
Why Become a CERPs Provider?
CERPs Providers are individuals, groups or organizations that offer educational activities that have been approved by IBLCE to award CERPs to recertifying IBCLCs. This continuing education can be provided through seminars, conferences, workshops, independent study modules, distance learning or other means.
IBLCE serves over 25,000 IBCLCs worldwide, and this number increases each year. This growing market of IBCLCs has a high level of interest and need for continuing education that is designed for them. Specifically, they are interested in educational activities through which they can earn CERPs.
IBCLCs are required to document completion of education that has been awarded CERPs. Within the 5-year period since they most recently passed the IBLCE exam, they must accumulate a minimum of 75 CERPs. Having your educational activities approved for CERPs before the date on which they will be offered will give you the advantage of being able to more effectively market your education to the growing number of IBCLCs.
Short Term and Long Term Providers
CERPs Providers offer:
One time only program or course
Annual seminar or conference
A course or workshop that is offered multiple times
Independent study modules
Lactation education through local group or association meetings
IBLCE has two categories of CERPs Providers – Short Term and Long Term. Among the requirements for Short and Long Term Providers is the expectation that they will adhere to the IBLCE Minimizing Commercial Influence on Education Policy
Short Term Providers (STP) must submit each educational activity to IBLCE for consideration and may not assign CERPs to their education. IBLCE has the sole authority to approve CERPs for education provided by STPs. CERPs approval for STPs is valid for one use only, although, the STPs may seek approval to repeat the program within the year in which it was originally approved for CERPs. Please consult the Guide for Short-Term Providers of CERP-Approved Education for details.
Long Term Providers (LTPs) are given the authority on behalf of IBLCE to award CERPs to their educational activities. This authority comes with specific requirements and restrictions. The agreement between IBLCE and Long Term Providers is valid for 3 years so long as the LTP adheres to all requirements. If you are interested in becoming an LTP, please download the Guide for Long Term Providers of CERP-Approved Education.
For more detailed information about becoming a CERPs Provider, download the Guides: