CAPPA Certified Lactation Educator FAQ

Become a Certified Lactation Educator

CAPPA offers the most professional and comprehensive trainings and certification available for doulas worldwide. CAPPA members receive unsurpassed education, support and networking opportunities. CAPPA has been training, certifying and supporting doulas for well over a decade and is recognized and respected worldwide.

CAPPA Academy and Certification

CAPPA is proud to offer our one of a kind, state of the art virtual classroom experience, CAPPA Academy. CAPPA Academy provides the opportunity for students to obtain the highest level of training and education of any perinatal certification organization. As leaders in the perinatal education field, we pride ourselves in offering our members the latest technology. By combining excellent, in-person, evidenced based, standardized trainings with the convenience of the virtual classroom setting, CAPPA now offers unparalleled education for perinatal professionals. As part of our mission to foster and encourage relevant information, support, and training, we are proud to offer CAPPA Academy, which further demonstrates our commitment to the highest possible standards for all CAPPA members.

In addition to your in-person training, CAPPA members will now be able to enjoy the convenience of a virtual classroom, with features such as:

  • Downloadable forms (please note that some forms will still need to be mailed to the CAPPA office)
  • Online exams, with immediate results on the multiple choice portion of the exam
  • Video instruction from the program directors
  • Step by step instructions on completing the course
  • Hot links to important online resources
  • CAPPA USA and CAPPA Canada members will enroll in CAPPA Academy to pursue certification. The current enrollment fee is $175.* Instructions for beginning the certification process in CAPPA Academy can be found at www.cappa.net. Please be advised that all sales are final and policies may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process. By enrolling in CAPPA Academy, you agree to abide by these changes and policies. For more information on CAPPA Academy, please visit this link.

    Purpose of CLE™ Program

    The purpose of the CAPPA lactation educator program is to provide childbirth professionals comprehensive training in breastfeeding education. When a candidate completes the certification program they will be qualified to teach, support, and educate the public on breastfeeding and related issues. When all requirements have been satisfactorily completed, candidates will be issued the CAPPA credential, Certified Lactation Educator. For more information on the trademark of the CAPPA CLE™, please click here.

    This program does not issue Lactation Consultant status, and does not qualify one to issue medical advice, diagnose medical conditions for mother or baby, or to prescribe treatment or medication. Please read the lactation educator position paper and the CLE™ CLE™ scope of practice

    Currently CAPPA CLEs™ work in many fields providing support and advocacy for families across the United States and internationally. CAPPA CLEs™ can be found teaching breastfeeding classes in hospitals and private settings, as WIC peer counselors, as educators on hospital postpartum floors, working as breast pump rental technicians and in breastfeeding support stores, and facilitating breastfeeding and postpartum support groups - just to name a few. Many of our CAPPA CLEs™ also use this certification to round out their labor and postpartum doula services and knowledge to ensure they are providing the highest quality services for breastfeeding support.

    While you should use the certification checklist provided in CAPPA Academy to ensure that you've completed all the steps, you are certainly welcome to request an updated checklist from your program director if you wish to complete the more up-to-date certification steps. Please remember that you have two years from your date of training (one year for the childbirth educator accelerated program) in which to certify, after which your training is expired. Your access to CAPPA Academy will coincide with your CAPPA training workshop date. Once CAPPA Academy is purchased, you will have access until your certification timeframe expires. If you need additional time after this expiration, CAPPA offers extensions which will apply to your certification and your access to CAPPA Academy. Please note that continuous CAPPA membership is required for access to CAPPA Academy. A lapse in your CAPPA membership will result in your Academy account being disabled and a re-enrollment fee will be applied. Please be advised that policies may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process. Please be advised that policies may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process.

    We are very excited to offer even more new and continuing education opportunities via the CAPPA Academy virtual classroom in the near future.

    Overview

    In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms- Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement, and Scope of Practice. We reserve the right to withhold certification to those candidates that do not meet the requirements set forth. We also reserve the right to withhold certification based on all contact with candidates for certification, including, but not limited to phone calls, e-mails, and certification materials. An understanding of CAPPA standards of professionalism, our scope of practice, and code of conduct must be demonstrated by candidates at all times and in all communications. Failure to demonstrate an understanding of the aforementioned may result in CAPPA withholding certification. This is rare. Please be advised that policies and prices may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process.

    While 92% of candidates do obtain certification, CAPPA cannot guarantee certification will be obtained by entering our program. In the event a candidate fails to pass certification requirements, the candidate will be contacted by the director of the program with further instructions.

    Please allow approximately six to eight weeks for CAPPA to grade and process your certification materials* once we receive them. CAPPA receives a high volume of certification requests, and each certification request is given individual attention. Upon successful completion of any of the CAPPA certification programs, you will receive a CAPPA certificate. CAPPA certified lactation educators may use the letters "CLE™" after their names.

    * You must be at least 18 years old to certify with CAPPA.

    * All fees listed are in USD.

    * When submitting your certification materials, please do not send originals. Please do not send your certification materials to CAPPA in a way that requires us to sign for them. CAPPA staff retrieves the CAPPA mail after Post Office hours. We cannot sign for mail!

    Traditional Certification

    Please be advised that policies may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process. By enrolling in CAPPA Academy, you agree to abide by these changes.

    If you need help at any point, please contact the CLE™ director at cledirector@cappa.net.

    Cost of Traditional Program

  • Member of CAPPA (per year) $55.00
  • CAPPA Academy Lactation Educator Program $175.00
  • CAPPA Approved CLE Training $400-500, varies by trainer and location
  • Total Cost: $230 plus cost of training, books and the HUG Your Baby Part I (*$35 - Paid Directly to The HUG)
  • Distance Certification

    20 CEUs are awarded upon completion of the distance program.

    Please be advised that policies may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process. By enrolling in CAPPA Certification Programs, you agree to abide by these changes.

    If you need help at any point, please contact the CLE™ Director.

    Cost of Distance Program

  • Member of CAPPA (per year) $55.00
  • Lactation Educator Distance Program $200.00
  • Online Breastfeeding Course $188.95 (*This is paid directly to Jones and Bartlett)
  • Hug Your Baby Part 1 $35
  • Certification processing fee $75.00
  • Total Cost: $330.00 to CAPPA plus cost of books, videos and the *HUG Your Baby Part I and the *Online Breastfeeding Course (These fees are paid directly to the course sites, not CAPPA)



  • Accelerated Certification

    Please be advised that policies may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process. By enrolling in CAPPA Academy, you agree to abide by these changes.

    In order to enter this program, you must meet one of these requirements. To apply for the accelerated program, you must first gain permission from the Executive Director Of Lactation Program. You can email her at cledirector@cappa.net and put in the subject line: Accelerated Program Approval Request. Copies of licenses/certifications required.

    In addition to the above requirements, you must also meet the following requirements to obtain certification:

    If you need help at any point, please contact the CLE™ Director.

    Cost Of Accelerated Program

  • Membership fee $55.00
  • CAPPA Academy $175
  • Cost of training varies $400.00-$500.00
  • Total $165 plus cost of training, texts and books

  • Become a Community Lactation Educator

    CAPPA Academy and Certification

    CAPPA is proud to announce our new, one of a kind, state of the art virtual classroom experience, CAPPA Academy. CAPPA Academy provides the opportunity for students to obtain the highest level of training and education of any perinatal certification organization. As leaders in the perinatal education field, we pride ourselves in offering our members the latest technology. By combining excellent, in-person, evidenced based, standardized trainings with the convenience of the virtual classroom setting, CAPPA now offers unparalleled education for perinatal professionals. As part of our mission to foster and encourage relevant information, support, and training, we are proud to announce the launch of CAPPA Academy, which further demonstrates our commitment to the highest possible standards for all CAPPA members.

    CAPPA members will now be able to enjoy the convenience of a virtual classroom, with features such as:

  • Downloadable forms (please note that some forms will still need to be mailed to the CAPPA office)
  • Online exams, with immediate results on the multiple choice portion of the exam
  • Video instruction from the program directors
  • Step by step instructions on completing the course
  • Hot links to important online resources
  • While you should use the certification checklist provided in CAPPA Academy to ensure that you've completed all the steps, you are certainly welcome to request an updated checklist from your program director if you wish to complete the more up-to-date certification steps. Please remember that you have two years from your date of training (one year for the childbirth educator accelerated program) in which to certify, after which your training is expired. Your access to CAPPA Academy will coincide with your CAPPA training workshop date. Once CAPPA Academy is purchased, you will have access until your certification timeframe expires. If you need additional time after this expiration, CAPPA offers extensions which will apply to your certification and your access to CAPPA Academy. Please note that continuous CAPPA membership is required for access to CAPPA Academy. A lapse in your CAPPA membership will result in your Academy account being disabled and a re-enrollment fee will be applied. Please be advised that policies may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process. Please be advised that policies may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process.

    Purpose of LE(C) Program

    The purpose of the CAPPA community lactation educator program is to provide childbirth professionals comprehensive training in breastfeeding education. When a candidate completes the certification program they will be qualified to teach, support, and educate the public on breastfeeding and related issues. When all requirements have been satisfactorily completed, candidates will be issued the CAPPA credential, Certified Community Lactation Educator, LE(C).

    This program is distinct and separate from the CLE program. While both the LE(C) and the CLE provide families with support and education, the LE(C) is not qualified to lead group classes or facilitate a breastfeeding class. LE(c)s are trained breastfeeding professionals that offer one on one breastfeeding support and education. The LE(C) also does not offer medical advice or provide lactation consulting or breastfeeding assessment. The LE(C) does receive extensive training in proper referral for families needing breastfeeding intervention.

    This program does not issue Lactation Consultant status, and does not qualify one to issue medical advice, diagnose medical conditions for mother or baby, or to prescribe treatment or medication. Currently. CAPPA LE(C)s can work in many fields providing support and advocacy for families across the United States and internationally. CAPPA LE(C)s can be found as WIC peer counselors, as educators on hospital postpartum floors, working as breast pump rental technicians and in breastfeeding support stores, and working in public health departments - just to name a few. Many of our CAPPA LE(C)s also use this certification to round out their labor and postpartum doula services and knowledge to ensure they are providing the highest quality services for breastfeeding support.

    LE(C) Overview

    In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms- Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement, and Scope of Practice. We reserve the right to withhold certification to those candidates that do not meet the requirements set forth. We also reserve the right to withhold certification based on all contact with candidates for certification, including, but not limited to phone calls, e-mails, and certification materials. An understanding of CAPPA standards of professionalism, our scope of practice, and code of conduct must be demonstrated by candidates at all times and in all communications. Failure to demonstrate an understanding of the aforementioned may result in CAPPA withholding certification. This is rare.

    While 92% of candidates do obtain certification, CAPPA cannot guarantee certification will be obtained by entering our program.

    Please allow approximately six to eight weeks for CAPPA to grade and process your certification materials* once we receive them. CAPPA receives a high volume of certification requests, and each certification request is given individual attention. Upon successful completion of any of the CAPPA certification programs, you will receive a CAPPA name tag and a certificate. CAPPA community lactation educators may use the letters "LE(C)" after their names.

    You must be at least 18 years old to certify with CAPPA. When submitting your certification materials, please do not send originals. Please do not send your certification materials to CAPPA in a way that requires us to sign for them. CAPPA staff retrieves the CAPPA mail after Post Office hours. We cannot sign for mail!

    Please allow approximately six to eight weeks for CAPPA to grade and process your certification materials* once we receive them. CAPPA receives a high volume of certification requests, and each certification request is given individual attention. Upon successful completion of any of the CAPPA certification programs, you will receive a CAPPA certificate. CAPPA certified community lactation educators may use the letters LE(C) after their names.

    LE(C)Traditional Certification

    If you need help at any point, please contact the CLE™ Director at cledirector@cappa.net.

    Cost of LE(C)Traditional Program

  • Member of CAPPA (per year) $55.00
  • CAPPA Academy $175
  • CAPPA Approved CLE or LE(C) Training $350-400, varies by trainer and location
  • Total Cost: $230 plus cost of training books and texts
  • LE(C) Distance Certification

    Please note that at this time, CAPPA Distance Programs are not utilizing CAPPA Academy 10 CEUs are awarded upon completion of the distance program.

    Cost of LE (C) Distance Program

  • Member of CAPPA (per year) $55.00
  • Lactation Educator Distance Program $200.00
  • Online Breastfeeding Course $188.95 (*This is paid directly to Jones and Bartlett)
  • Certification processing fee $75.00
  • Total Cost: $330.00 to CAPPA Plus cost of *online breastfeeding course, videos and books

  • If you need help at any point, please contact the CLE™LE(C) Director.

    In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the CAPPA Code of Conduct, Scope of Practice and Grievance Policy.

     

    The Executive Director for the Lactation Education Program is Laurel Wilson (cledirector@cappa.net).


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