I'm taking pathway 3 and am currently in my mentorship for the 500 clinical hours. I'm doing my classwork with Lactation Education Resources (Vergie Hughes).
I've been a LLL leader for 3 1/2 years, so I already have the clinical hours.
At this point the background health courses are only "recommended" for Pathway 1, so I'm hoping to skip those. Although, I am also a medical transcriptionist, so I have had some of that training already.
Then I was hoping to attend the Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding 5-day workshop (45 hours) in February, while also reading and studying for the exam on my own.
If I wait until 2012 to test, then the college-level health courses are required and with 3 kids and a full-time job it would be YEARS before I could be ready.
What do you ladies think?
P.S. I also have an Annabelle!
Sorry to just jump in, but it's been a question on my mind for a while....I have only been a leader for about a year and a half, so I don't think I have the hours yet, but I am curious as to what exactly counts and what doesn't
I used my LLL hours to sit for the exam.
I have the required hours from being a LLL Leader as well. I worked as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for WIC and got all my education hours for free. Then I paid to go to ILCA, Hale and LLL conferences last summer. I want to get some more hours working with local IBCLC's.
I used a countdown clock last night before reading this thread and there are 265 days left until the exam.
Where did you see that the specific date is 7-25-11? From what I see on the IBCLE website the application guide is supposed to come out this month, but I can't find it.
Seeing a specific date makes it more real! Eek!
Do you know-- does the 45hr class just need to be done and your CEU certificate in hand before you can apply? Plus the required 1000 clinical hours? I know it says everything needs to be "done" but how do you prove that?
Wife, mother of 2
You write out where your class was, dates, clinical hours, etc.... They don't require physical proof with the application BUT they select random people to request all the physical proof to make sure everything matches up. You don't want to take the chance and say you were finished with a class by an x date when it really was later in case you are picked to provide documentation.
I would love to join in a study group online!!! can we set that up, like ASAP?!
I'm planning to sit for it in 2011 too. I'm also an LLL leader and I'm taking the Breast Ed series of 10 classes at Health E Learning now.
I plan to sit for the IBCLC exam in 2011, and it happens to fall on my birthday. I'm a CPM, LLL Leader, and CLC- so Pathway 1 for me. I'm considering taking a Marie Biancuzzo workshop to prep. Any thoughts?
Hi Ladies - Come join our online study/support group.
Here is the link - http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/2011IBLCEStudyGroup/
We're trying to get a really good organized group together online so come help us out.
I'm an L&D nurse and I'm planning/hoping to take the exam, too. Trying to get all my CEU's completed. Also thinking about a cram course. Geez, it's all so expensive when added up! I'm going to also join the study group. Thanks.
Starting to get excited about this. I am qualifying through pathway 2. I am getting my MA in Maternal Child Health:Lactation Studies through Union. I have to finish my master's thesis, and complete a few courses and I'll be done. I am taking A&P this semester, infant growth, and nutrition. Oh, and I am doing my internship with WIC. I will be done by May and then I will spend the rest of the summer studying for the exam. I was thinking about taking a workshop to prep but I don't know if I can afford it.
I suggest taking a class on how to take the test...like a review of some sort...right before the exam. That helped me sooo much. The test is tricky....the questions are made to trick you...and remember that IBCLC is a global exam....so you need to learn to respond to the exam...with a open mind set. Considering different cultures. just a fyi!
Is that study group on yahoo still going through? I applied several weeks ago, but never got accepted and it doens't look like there's been any activity since Nov.
Is anyone interested in starting an active study group online? i'm building a weekly study plan for myself right now, and would love to share it and have buddies to study along with.
I have a question if I may :) I plan on taking the exam on July 25th 2011 IF I meet the deadline, which is a bit confusing to me.
On the IBLCE website it mentions the first postmark date being on February 28, 2011. Is that the day that you must have completed the 45 ceu course by? Because somewhere it seemed like January 25th, 2011 was a date. I plan on using Pathway 1 since I have been a RN in a NICU in California for over 20 years. I work daily with a world renowned breastfeeding expert Kittie Frantz. I finish my CLE class on February 2nd 2011. I am going to email the IBLCE tonight and try to call them tommorow to verify the date.
If anyone can help me clarify this please email me. I would also like to be a part of an active study group. I have applied for the yahoo group and am awaiting approval.
That first postmark date is just the first (of three) deadlines. If you've got the hours completed, you'll save a significant amount of $$ by filing your application before that date. The second date is March 31, where the fee is a bit higher than the Feb date, and then the third (and final, must have all requirements completed by) date is April 30, where the fee is the highest.
I'm not sure what's going on with the yahoo group, but I still haven't gotten a response, so I've started a new group. It's on facebook (there was a pretty active group of candidates last year on facebook, so I thought it would work well again) If you're interested, please join! I'm planning to post weekly study topic(s) and maybe if we get enough people we can plan a weekly chat.
I was on the yahoo group last year, it was dead when I joined in late 2009 and then as the test date drew closer, more and more posts happened. I'd imagine by now there would be some posts (I'm no longer a member), it was helpful, and I managed to snag a 2010 cram study book from someone that was very helpful off there. Maybe the mod is just gone now?
Hi Knittin - I just sent you a request for the FB group. Thanks!
I just joined your new group. I am planning on taking the IBCLE exam in July as well :) I think I have purchased knitting patterns from you in the past when my daughter was born about 6 years ago.
Looking forward to the studying :)
Melissa R.N. CLNC
Just wanted to have a little pity party for myself..I found out about a job opening that is coming this summer that I would be qualified for and would LOVE..BUT I had to let my IBCLC license lapse due to our health issues and financial problems, especially my husbands brain tumor treatment and care. This job would enable him to be able to continue his treatment full time and give us the health insurance we will need while he recovers.
I am taking the exam this year, and will be doing the Lcerps through health elearning, but the issue is I won't know until late October! OH, how I wish the board would catch up with the rest of the world, where you can get the results in weeks or even days! I never thought I'd lose a wonderful job with benefits over it.
Anyway, again, just to vent and let that out...sigh...I now return to regular work mode...