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

 

Lactation Program Review: 

Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) Training Program

through  CAPPA Academy

 Reviewer: Anonymous

        October 15, 2015

How long did it take you to complete the program?  3 months (accelerated program)

What year did you complete the program? 2014

Certification or Certificate Offered – Certified Lactation Educator (CLE)

See Scope of practice for a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE)

Delivery of Program – Combination of an in-person 20 hour Lactation Educator Training over a period of 3 days + certification requirements via CAPPA Academy (now completely online). CAPPA now has traditional, distance and accelerated options for those wishing to certify. See here for details.

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. After taking the 20 Hour Course, individuals who certify are required to read the manual (provided) and four additional books from this list and one of the following texts in its latest edition: Hale and Hartmann’s Textbook of Human Lactation OR Jan Riordan’s Breastfeeding and Human Lactation (preferred textbook).

Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $400 (early bird) + $55 CAPPA Membership + $35 Hug Your Baby +$175 CAPPA Academy = $665 + cost of 5 additional books. Fortunately for me, my employer paid for the course.

If you don’t want to be certified and just want to take CAPPA’s 20 hour Lactation Educator Training, then you just pay the cost of the 3 day workshop (usually around $400) and all other materials are provided for free.

# 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.

What did you like about the program?

  • Supportive.
  • Good start before diving deeper into IBCLC training.
  • Good basic training for the floor nurse.

What did you dislike about the program?

This program did not always use strong evidence-based practice and interpretation of studies.

How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program? Very easy!

Would you recommend this program to others?

Yes, but not as a stopping point. What the CLE knows is nowhere as deep as what the IBCLC has to know.

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

Yes. I needed to complete CAPPA Lactation Educator program for my job.

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

Yes. I went on to test for my IBCLC credentials and changed my field of expertise in nursing.

Does your program/credential require you to recertify? If so, how long does the credential last and what is required to recertify? Yes, my CLE credential is good for 3 years. I need 15 CERPs to recertify – 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 CAPPA, along with comparison of similar Lactation Training Programs. If you’re interested in Lactation Training Programs that offer a clinical practice component, see here.

 

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

 

Lactation Program Review: 

Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) Training Program

through  CAPPA Academy

 Reviewer: Kay Miller

        October 5, 2015

How long did it take you to complete the program? ~2 months (accelerated program)

What year did you complete the program? 2010

Certification or Certificate Offered – Certified Lactation Educator (CLE)

Scope of practice for a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE)

Delivery of Program – Combination of an in-person 20 hour Lactation Educator Training over a period of 3 days + certification requirements via CAPPA Academy (now completely online). CAPPA now has traditional, distance and accelerated options for those wishing to certify. See here for details.

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. After taking the 20 Hour Course, individuals who certify are required to read the manual (provided) and four additional books from this list and one of the following texts in its latest edition: Hale and Hartmann’s Textbook of Human Lactation OR Jan Riordan’s Breastfeeding and Human Lactation (preferred textbook).

Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $400 (early bird) + $55 CAPPA Membership + $35 Hug Your Baby +$175 CAPPA Academy = $665 + cost of 5 additional books.

If you don’t want to be certified and just want to take CAPPA’s 20 hour Lactation Educator Training, then you just pay the cost of the 3 day workshop (usually around $400) and all other materials are provided for free.

# 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): Laurel Wilson

What did you like about the program?

  • I greatly appreciated that the program was comprehensive, current, and evidence based.
  • I appreciated the emphasis on continuing education. I appreciated Laurel being approachable and available to me even after the initial 3-day workshop was over.
  • I loved that the class wasn’t just lecture; there were also various activities, role playing, and practice time incorporated in to the workshop.
  • After completing the full certification process, I feel that I had a very well-rounded foundation, and was excited to continue my education in the lactation field.

What did you dislike about the program?

When I completed the program, it was all in paper format. CAPPA has since gone to a partial online format with CAPPA Academy which streamlines the process and offers great benefits to the certification candidates.

How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program?

When I was completing the program, I was working two jobs and homeschooling my two children. I am also a single mother. I was able to carve out time to work on the program requirements, and completed the program in 2 months (accelerated version), but did have up to two years to complete it. While the program does take time, effort, and energy, it can be done, and with the quality of education you receive, it is well worth it!

Would you recommend this program to others?

Absolutely! It is a great way for those just entering the lactation field, those desiring to continue their education, and/or those wishing to enhance services already being offered to patients/clients. I would recommend the course to anyone working with breastfeeding families.

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

Yes! I have referred many to the CAPPA Lactation Educator program. I actually took Laurel’s workshop again in 2011 because I enjoyed it so much.

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

Yes, I do. I have been able to serve many families by teaching classes both privately and in hospital, birth center, and other settings. It has also served as a stepping stone in my goal of becoming an IBCLC (planning to sit for the IBLCE exam in 2016).

Additional Comments?

I enjoyed the program so much that in 2011, I decided to join CAPPA’s faculty, and I have been teaching the CAPPA Lactation Educator workshops here in the US ever since.

Does your program/credential require you to recertify? If so, how long does the credential last and what is required to recertify? Yes, my CLE credential is good for 3 years. I need 15 CERPs to recertify – 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 CAPPA, along with comparison of similar Lactation Training Programs. If you’re interested in Lactation Training Programs that offer a clinical practice component, see here.

Lactation Program Review: Lactation Educator Training through CAPPA

Lactation Program Review: 

Lactation Educator 20 hour Training

through  CAPPA

 Reviewer: Keva West

        February 21, 2015

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

What year did you complete the program? 2014

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.) – $400

# 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?

  • The program and training makes you passionate about breastfeeding.
  • The material is easy to understand.
  • The instructor made everything come alive and made it very exciting to those interested in the field of lactation.

What did you dislike about the program?

The three days of training went by too fast. We had a such fun in Christy’s training.

What did you change about the program?

  • Maybe add an extra day of training
  • I don’t really have any complaints so far

How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program?

I am a stay-at-home wife, so I found it worked for me.

Would you recommend this program to others?

Yes, I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in become a Lactation Educator.

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

I am actually furthering my education and training by enrolling in the CLE course through CAPPA Academy in order to become a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE). See here for the scope of practice for a CLE through CAPPA. I would definitely take this course because if you’re passionate about breastfeeding, then CAPPA is the way to go. In my opinion, learning has never been so much fun! I am happy that I am finally obtaining an education and training that I really love.

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

I feel it has. I am using what I have learned to help empower women to breastfeed. So yes, that’s a reward for me.

Additional Comments?

  • If you find that your passion is lactation, I suggest you try to schedule a training with Christy Jo Hendricks because she is awesome and empowers you to make a difference!

Does your program/credential require you to recertify? If so, how long does the credential last and what is required to recertify? Once I decide to certify as a CLE, my CLE credential is good for 3 years. At that time, I will need 15 CERPs to recertify – 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 CAPPA, along with comparison of similar Lactation Training Programs. If you’re interested in Lactation Training Programs that offer a clinical practice component, see here.

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

Lactation Program Review: 

Lactation Educator Training 

by CAPPA

 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.

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

Lactation Program Review: 

Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) Training Program

through  CAPPA Academy

 Reviewer: Sejal Fichadia 

        January 26, 2015

How long did it take you to complete the program? I’m still working on it!

Certification or Certificate Offered Upon Completion – Certified Lactation Educator (CLE)

Scope of practice for a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE)

Delivery of Program – In-person 20 hour Lactation Educator Training over a period of 3 days + certification requirements via CAPPA Academy (now completely online).

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

Books & Materials Required – The initial three-day training provided a CAPPA CLE training manual and handouts that corresponded with the PowerPoint. After taking the 20 Hour Course, individuals who certify are required to read the manual (provided) and four additional books from this list and one of the following texts in its latest edition: Hale and Hartmann’s Textbook of Human Lactation OR Jan Riordan’s Breastfeeding and Human Lactation (preferred textbook).

Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – I paid $895 total (this is for the 3 day in-person training program + certification through CAPPA Academy.

If you don’t want to be certified and just want to take CAPPA’s 20 hour Lactation Educator Training, then you just pay the cost of the 3 day workshop (usually around $400) and all other materials are provided for free.

# 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?

  • The instructor of the program was the best!
  • requirements for reading materials and research papers was good so we could be up to date on current education on lactation.

What did you dislike about the program?

Nothing at all.

How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program?

I wish the program would’ve included one more day of instruction on how to design a breastfeeding class.

Would you recommend this program to others? Yes

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

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

Yes. I get referrals from the organization and have used the education-specific training to add to my services. Students who I have trained have been hired at WIC clinics, hospitals, Baby Friendly practices and started private practices.

Additional Comments? Thank you for having such wonderful teachers CAPPA!

Does your program/credential require you to recertify? If so, how long does the credential last and what is required to recertify? Yes, once I get my CLE credential, it’s good for 3 years. I need 15 CERPs to recertify – 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 CAPPA’s 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.

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

 

Lactation Program Review: 

Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) Training Program

through  CAPPA Academy

 Reviewer: Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC

        January 20, 2015

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

What year did you complete the program? 2012

Certification or Certificate Offered – Certified Lactation Educator (CLE)

Scope of practice for a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE)

Delivery of Program – In-person 20 hour Lactation Educator Training over a period of 3 days + certification requirements via CAPPA Academy (now completely online).

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. After taking the 20 Hour Course, individuals who certify are required to read the manual (provided) and four additional books from this list and one of the following texts in its latest edition: Hale and Hartmann’s Textbook of Human Lactation OR Jan Riordan’s Breastfeeding and Human Lactation (preferred textbook).

Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $400 (early bird) + $55 CAPPA Membership + $35 Hug Your Baby +$175 CAPPA Academy = $665 + cost of 5 additional books.

If you don’t want to be certified and just want to take CAPPA’s 20 hour Lactation Educator Training, then you just pay the cost of the 3 day workshop (usually around $400) and all other materials are provided for free.

# 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): Laurel Wilson

What did you like about the program?

  • I was impressed that so much was covered. There were sections on anatomy, physiology, latch, education, curriculum development, business marketing and networking opportunities.
  • I was happy to see the program stressing evidence-based information and autonomy of clients.
  • I also appreciated the organization of the program and the accessibility of the instructor following the course.
  • I was able to learn so much in three days and then follow through to certification with a mentor.

What did you dislike about the program?

At the time I took the course, the certification after the training was completed in paper form and mailed in. Since my certification, they have transitioned to an on-line program, which I think is much better. They now have traditional, distance and accelerated options for those wishing to certify. I appreciate CAPPA staying contemporary in education.

How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program?

Since I was already an IBCLC, I was able to take the accelerated course. I had read the required books and regularly attended coalitions meetings and read research, so, for me, it was not difficult. It fit into my regular schedule. I think the reading assignments and research reviews are probably the most time consuming.

Would you recommend this program to others?

Absolutely! It is a perfect entry level course for those who want to enter the lactation field and it also helps those in the perinatal field to earn a certification for a relatively small investment. It is a recognized certification that can help propel a profession and build breastfeeding education confidence. So many families have questions regarding breastfeeding and I believe every doula, WIC Peer and RN benefits from a course like the CLE training.

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

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

Yes. I get referrals from the organization and have used the education-specific training to add to my services. Students who I have trained have been hired at WIC clinics, hospitals, Baby Friendly practices and started private practices.

Additional Comments?

  • I appreciate how quickly this organization answered my questions.
  • I value how committed they are to research and education; thus, offering a free annual conference with free CEUs to all members (with membership only $55), it is very affordable to earn the CERPs needed.
  • I also appreciate the faculty’s willingness to travel to locations so students can take a local training. It has been a wonderful experience.
  • I associated so much with the “Love Wins” philosophy of the organization, I applied to be faculty. I have since learned what is expected of faculty.
  • As a mentor, I am required to serve the students, stay up-to-date on research, promote building bridges with all perinatal professionals and network to improve support for breastfeeding families.

Does your program/credential require you to recertify? If so, how long does the credential last and what is required to recertify? Yes, my CLE credential is good for 3 years. I need 15 CERPs to recertify – 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 CAPPA, along with comparison of similar Lactation Training Programs. If you’re interested in Lactation Training Programs that offer a clinical practice component, see here.