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Earn More Contact Hours Upon Completing the Lactation Counselor Training Course

By April 4, 2024 No Comments

We have exciting news to share! The Lactation Counselor Training Course (LCTC) is now worth 95 contact hours!

The Center for Breastfeeding’s Lactation Counselor Training Course is a college-level course designed to provide up-to-date, research-based information and clinical competency validation for the provision of professional lactation care. This 95-hour course is offered online in a self-paced format with videos, self-check questions, weekly office hours and competency verification. After the completion of the course, participants are eligible to take the CLC® examination, the premier national certification in lactation management for the United States, administered online by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP). The WHO/UNICEF Breastfeeding Standards inform the content topic areas of the LCTC, and also serve as the basis of the recurring CLC Job Task Analysis conducted by ALPP. There are more than 23,000 CLCs in the United States and abroad.

A recent review in March 2024 of the LCTC program revealed that a change in the hours awarded by accrediting bodies was warranted. It is now clear that 95 hours should be awarded to complete the educational curriculum required as a pre-requisite to sit for the CLC examination with the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).

“Many participants had shared that it was taking them longer than the 52 hours to complete the course, leading us to revisit the contact hours for the course,” according to Dr Anna Blair, Director of Academic Programs at the Healthy Children Project.

Dr Kajsa Brimdyr noted that “The historic 52 hour time frame reflected the didactic hours when training was occurring in-person, and did not take into account the “invisible” aspects of the course which, now that the course is in a hybrid format, can be documented. These formerly “invisible” aspects include required reading and review, which occurred outside of the face-to-face class time, as well as competency evaluation, which were previously completed over lunch breaks and after hours. In person “office hours”, which allowed participants to ask questions directly to the faculty, and were not included in the prior calculation, are now able to be quantified within the course as required Office Hours attendance.”

“We are really excited for this change in contact hours to acknowledge the hard work and dedication participants put into the course. The LCTC community is filled with so many individuals so passionate about their work in the lactation field and our faculty and evaluators enjoy working with them, as we all navigate the milky way together,” according to Executive Director, Dr. Karin Cadwell.

Evaluator & LCTC faculty member, Melissa Reyes, was recently sharing that “LCTC participants work diligently to prepare for the competencies, watching hours and hours of the preparatory videos,” none of which are counted within the previous calculations and now will be a mandatory element, since our analytics already document data showing their viewing history.

While this change occurred as of April 1, 2024, please note that there has not been a tuition increase. Healthy Children remains dedicated keeping the LCTC financially accessible.

For those who have already completed the course, their contact hours will not change. The update to contact hours is not given retro-actively.