LEAARC works in cooperation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in the accreditation of educational programs in lactation consultancy.

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) requires that programs whose graduates use Pathway 2 toward certification must be accredited.

The accreditation process includes:
  • LEAARC evaluating educational programs in relation to their compliance with the published 2018 Standards and Guidelines for Lactation Consultant Educational Programs.
  • LEAARC formulating an accreditation recommendation following its evaluation of a Self-Study Report and a site visit of the program.
  • LEAARC providing an accreditation recommendation to CAAHEP for final consideration and action.
  • Learn More About Applying for Accreditation

    Qualifying for CAAHEP Accreditation

    A lactation program must meet the following LEAARC Standards to qualify for CAAHEP accreditation:
  • Be taught in a post-secondary academic institution accredited by an institutional accrediting agency or other acceptable authority to provide a postsecondary program which awards a minimum of a certificate/diploma at the completion of the program.
  • Have a program director with a graduate degree and appointment in the sponsor’s academic institution.
  • Have faculty for didactic and supervised clinical practice who are certified lactation consultants.
  • Have a broad base of support coursework to serve as a foundation for lactation consultant practice.
  • Meet and adhere to the core competencies for lactation consultant practice.
  • Accreditation Resources

    Standards and Procedures

    Application Materials

    Mapping Topics to Competencies
    Process for Program with No Students
    Site Visit Dates Request
    Accreditation Payment Form

    Self-Study Report Documents

    Site Visit Documents


    Lactation Consultant Profession Guiding Documents

    Clinical Competencies for IBCLCs
    Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs
    Scope of Practice for IBCLCs