Lactation Program Review: Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) Training through CAPPA

Lactation Program Review: 

Lactation Educator Training 


 Reviewer: Christine Zell

        January 31, 2015

How long did it take you to complete the program? 3 days

What year did you complete the program? 2012

Certification or Certificate Offered – Lactation Educator

Delivery of Program – In-person 20 hour Lactation Educator Training over a period of 3 days

CAPPA’s current Lactation Educator Training locations, times and dates

Books & Materials Required – The initial three-day training provided a manual and handouts that corresponded with the PowerPoint.

Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $450

# of L-CERPs, Nursing Contact Hours, CEUs, CPEs, etc. offered – 21.5 L-CERPs (guaranteed through 2015).

Do this program’s hours meet partial or full requirements for the IBCLC exam’s lactation specific training requirement?

Yes, partial (21.25 hours).

If yes, how many hours of lactation specific training are counted for the IBCLC exam?

It counts for 21.25 hours towards the 90 hour IBCLC exam lactation education requirement.

Name of trainer(s): Christy Jo Hendricks

What did you like about the program?

  • Christy is AMAZING! She offers a wealth of information and knowledge, tons of hands on activities, and has a true heart for what she does.

What did you dislike about the program?

There was nothing that I disliked about the program.

How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program?

Since it is a 3 day training, it was easy to work my schedule around this.

Would you recommend this program to others?

I highly recommend this program to others, and I do so very frequently.

Knowing what you know now, would you take this program again? 

I have to take the program again – just for fun!

Do you feel the course and/or certification helped you obtain your goals?

Absolutely. Although going through the training too additional time and expense, being a Lactation Educator has helped me in my birth business. I have families who have chosen to hire me as their doula solely because of my extra training and knowledge in breastfeeding. I also teach breastfeeding classes that have been getting great reviews.

Additional Comments?

Christy is an amazing woman. If you ever have the opportunity to take her training class, you won’t be sorry! It is worth every penny and more. On top of this, more than likely, you will also make a life long friend out of the experience as well.

Does your program/credential require you to recertify? If so, how long does the credential last and what is required to recertify? No, because I didn’t certify through CAPPA Academy. But if I did certify, recertification is required every 3 years. Recertification requires 15 CERPs – all of which can be earned at the annual conference, which is FREE to all CAPPA members. You can read more on CAPPA’s recertification process here.

Would you like to write a review of a Lactation Training Program that you’ve taken? If so, don’t be shy! You can access the review form directly from Galactablog. Or directly online via Google Forms here.

**Disclaimer – The views and opinions expressed in this review are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Galactablog. It’s also important to note that these views are not the only source of information about this particular lactation training program. See here for more program details on the CLE Training Program, along with comparison of similar Lactation Training Programs. If you’re interested in Lactation Training Programs that offer a clinical practice component, see here.


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