This interactive online course provides IBCLCs and CLCs with the opportunity to earn advanced certification in lactation management  while verifying the insight, knowledge and skills essential to the development and implementation of management strategies for complex problems related to breastfeeding and human lactation within the context of the nursing dyad’s life. Participants will examine real cases, and develop management strategies using knowledge of psychology, sociology, infant development, gender studies, professional interrelations and ethics. Competency evaluation of cases will occur with interactive evaluations, and through the online ALPP exam. The  Advanced Issues in Lactation Practice Course and Certification is designed with the experienced Lactation Care Provider in mind.

This course is for the counselor or consultant that has been practicing for some time and can help 90-95% of the clients they see. However, what about that 5-10% that just can’t seem to be helped? This course is  about that 10%; those with truly complex issues.

The Advanced Consultant designation also gives the experienced Lactation Care Provider a way to set themselves apart from crowd. If you have been practicing for years and have a wealth of experience, this credential will take you to the next level and give you the recognition you deserve!

The Advanced Issues in Lactation Practice course prepares participants to sit for the exam for the Advanced Lactation Consultant (ALC) and Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultant (ANLC) certifications with the Academy of Lactation Policy & Practice.


There are two sets of important prerequisites for the course:

  1. Current certification as an IBCLC or CLC
  2. Successful Completion of the Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Course

Course Content and Format

The online Advanced Issues in Lactation Practice Course is a self-paced online course presented through videos and self-check questions, and interactive competency verifications. The course should take approximately 60.75 hours to complete (just like the in-person version), and participants have up to 6 months to complete it. Participants can stop and start throughout the course. (Participants will need to start the course within 30 days of registration.)

The course provides 60.75 contact hours for RNs, 54.75 L-CERPs and 6 E-CERPs for IBCLCs, and 60.75 contact hours for CLCs.

For more information about course accreditation, click here.

Technical Requirements

You will need a recent laptop or desktop computer running Windows 10, Linux or Mac OS. This course requires the use of a web browser. Only the current versions of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge/Edge Chromium are supported. This course requires 5Mbps or more of internet download speed for videos and course resources to operate properly. You will also need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to open PDF files.


The ALC and ANLC Exams will be offered in an online proctored format by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice.