ICEA is dedicated to maintaining a rigorous standard of excellence, and thus all ICEA certifications are only valid for three years. At the completion of the three years, all ICEA Certified Childbirth Educators must apply for recertification.
ICEA believes that as teachers, certified childbirth educators are continually educating themselves and learning from their clients. Recertification validates commitment to the profession and ensures the continuation of receiving the benefits of ICEA affiliation.
During each three-year period of certification, the certified childbirth educator is expected to work towards completion of the recertification requirements. The requirements are as follows:
- Obtain a minimum of 24 Continuing Education Credits
- Teach three class series of at least six hours each within the last three years.
- Apply for recertification.
The application and fee must be submitted by the recertification expiration date. Upon completion of the recertification requirements and payment of the recertification fee, the educator will be considered ICEA certified for another three years and will be provided with a three-year ICEA membership.
ICEA will send the newly recertified educator a formal certificate via email indicating status as an ICEA Certified Childbirth Educator, ICCE.
ICCEs who encounter serious difficulties during their certification period and cannot complete the recertification requirements on time may apply for an extension of the application deadline or inactive status.
Extension of the Recertification Application Deadline
An ICCE may apply for a single 6-month extension of the recertification deadline in order to complete the requirements. The request for an extension must be received before the recertification application deadline. The request must be in writing via email and state why the extension is needed. The request must also be received prior to the certification expiration date. The ICEA Certification Coordinator will respond in writing via email that the extension has been granted. The extension is only for submitting the application. The next certification period expiration date is based on the date of initial certification.
ICCEs who encounter a family emergency including serious illness, illness or death of a close family member, divorce, major relocation, birth of a baby, or who have temporarily left the field may request to be put on Inactive Status for a maximum of three years. The request for inactive status must be received by the expiration of the current certification period. The request must be in writing via email and state why the inactive status is needed. The ICEA Certification Coordinator will respond via email that the inactive status has been granted. Only one inactive status will be granted per certification period. An inactive status fee will need to be paid when the individual decides to go inactive and a recertification fee will need to be paid to become active again.
An ICCE with a lapsed certification of more than 6 months may reinstate to full certified status by completing the experienced pathway toward certification. The reinstated certification period begins when the individual has passed the certification examination.
ICEA’s recertification pricing structure is a reflection of our goal to improve birth outcomes for all families in the international community. Find your country’s category here.
||ICEA Fee (USD)
if you hold one ICEA certification
|2017 Fee (USD)
with 5% discount
if you hold an additional ICEA certification
For answers to all your certification questions, please visit our FAQ page.