How do I become
a certified lactation counselor?

The Certified Lactation Counselor® (CLC®) certification identifies a professional in lactation counseling who has demonstrated the necessary skills,  knowledge, and attitudes to provide clinical breastfeeding counseling and management support to families who are thinking about breastfeeding or who have questions or problems during the course of breastfeeding/lactation.

To be eligible for certification,
candidates must:

  • meet ALPP’s standards of competence in the field of lactation counseling;
  • pass the CLC examination, a comprehensive examination based upon identified work-place competencies derived from job task analysis studies, and;
  • agree to comply with CLC Program requirements, including compliance with the ALPP Code of Ethics.


There are three pathways to qualify to sit for the ALPP Certified
Lactation Counselor exam:

  • The Comprehensive Course Pathway: 
    This pathway is designed for those looking to take a single, comprehensive course that covers all the skills and competencies necessary for breastfeeding counseling and human lactation support.
  • The Aggregate Pathway: 
    This pathway is designed as a self-study pathway to sit for the CLC exam.  Candidates must provide documentation of certain licensure or level of education, training, and skills that meet the eligibility criteria.
  • The Alternate Pathway: 
    To qualify to sit for the CLC exam via the alternate pathway, candidates must be a graduate of a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) approved, post-secondary lactation consultant program.

Click here to learn more about the three pathways.