Expired Certification

1) If an ICEA certified professional’s certification has expired up to 12 months past their rectification date, the individual will be required to:

  • Pay a $115 (USD) late fee of half of the standard recertification fee
  • Update their contact hours to meet the requirement of 24 contact hours in 3 years
  • Complete the rest of the recertification requirements for their specific ICEA certification
  • Pay their regular recertification fee

2) If an ICEA certified professional’s certification has expired past 12 months but under 3 years from their recertification date, the individual will be required to use the experienced pathway to obtain current certification. The reinstated certification period begins when the individual has passed the certification examination.

3) If an ICEA certified professional’s certification has expired past 3 years (at least one certification cycle) from their recertification date the individual will be required to use the traditional pathway to obtain current certification.  If the individual has an active (equivalent) certification with an ICEA approved organization, and has been actively teaching/practicing for a minimum of 2 years, they may utilize the experienced pathway. The reinstated certification period begins when the individual has passed the certification examination.

Extension of the Recertification Application Deadline

An ICEA certified professional may apply for a single 6-month extension of the recertification deadline in order to complete the requirements. The application for an extension and $75 (USD) extension fee must be received before the certification expiration date. To apply for the extension the Extension Request Form must be filled out and returned by email/fax/mail to the ICEA Certification Coordinator by email/fax/mail, along with the $75 (USD) extension fee, and a written request stating why the extension is needed. The ICEA Certification Coordinator will respond in writing via email within 15 business days that the extension has been granted. Each ICEA Certification candidate is only able to apply for one extension per certification period. This extension will not change the regular certification dates, thus the next certification period expiration date will still be based on the date of initial certification.

Inactive Status

ICEA certified professional’s 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 to info@icea.org and state why the inactive status is needed. The ICEA Certification Coordinator will respond via email within 15 business days 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.

If an ICEA certified professional needs to go inactive, at the time of renewal they will be required to:

  • Pay an inactive fee
  • Continue to maintain the requirement of 24 contact hours every 3 years
  • NOT teach or act in the role of a Childbirth Educator/Birth Doula/Postpartum Doula
  • NOT use the credentials of an ICEA Certified Childbirth Educatior (ICCE), Birth Doula (ICBD), or Postpartum Doula (ICPD)
  • This inactive status is for a period of three years. At the end of three years the individual needs to either become active or forfeit their certification