The ICEA Birth Doula Certification examination is designed to test for a thorough knowledge of the basic content in childbirth. The examination is based solely on the objectives outlined in the eight parts of the ICEA birth doula curriculum.
The examination consists entirely of 100 multiple choice questions. There are no short answer or essay questions. The examination is “closed book” and must be proctored. Two hours is given to complete the examination. The score is based on the number of correct answers.
Candidates for whom English is a second language must contact the office as an examination may be available in their primary language. If an examination is not available in their primary language, then candidates may use a non-medical primary language/English dictionary and will be provided with three hours to complete the examination. The ICEA office must be notified, in writing, of these special needs at the time the certification examination application and fee are submitted.
Applying to Take the Examination
Candidates have up to two years, from the date in which they enrolled in the program, to complete the examination pre-requisites and apply for the examination. If more than two years pass, candidates must re-enroll in the program and again complete all the pre-requisites. Examination applications will not be accepted unless they are complete. A complete application includes all required forms and verifications, examination date, location and proctor, and full payment.
Scheduling Your Examination
All examinations are given online but must be taken with a proctor in person at the testing location chosen by the candidate. Candidates may apply to take the examination in any state, province or country, and are not limited to taking the examination in their local geographic area. An examination can be scheduled by completing and submitting the ICEA Birth Doula Certification Examination Application. All examinations must be scheduled at least 30 days prior to the examination date. This includes any requested changes in scheduled examinations. The online link for the candidate’s exam will be emailed to the proctor in advance of the testing date.
Grading of the Examination
All ICEA certification examinations are taken online, therefore, candidates will immediately know their results upon completion. Each candidate who receives a passing score of 70% or above is considered to be an ICEA Certified Birth Doula, an ICD. ICEA will issue a formal certificate via email to those who have successfully completed the program. A three-year ICEA membership will be provided along with the certification.
In the event a candidate fails the exam, ICEA will send the candidate a new examination application via email to retake the test. These candidates will have up to one year in which to pass the examination. They may retake the examination as many times as necessary within one year of the first fail date, providing repeat guidelines are followed and ICEA membership is maintained. Examinations ruled invalid will be treated as failed examinations and the candidate will have one year to retake the examination per guidelines. Each subsequent exam will be charged a fee based on geographic location.
ICEA’s exam 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
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