Community Lactation Educator CAPPA Academy

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CAPPA Academy is a state of the art virtual classroom experience. CAPPA Academy provides the opportunity for students to obtain the highest level of training and education of any perinatal certification organization. As leaders in the perinatal education field, we pride ourselves in offering our members the latest technology. By combining excellent, in-person, evidenced based, standardized trainings with the convenience of the virtual classroom setting, CAPPA now offers unparalleled education for perinatal professionals. As part of our mission to foster and encourage relevant information, support, and training, we are proud to announce the launch of CAPPA Academy, which further demonstrates our commitment to the highest possible standards for all CAPPA members.

CAPPA Academy Certified Community Lactation Educator, LE(C) - Traditional Program
This online portion of this course and exam is designed for those candidates who wish to enter and complete the Traditional Certified Community Lactation Educator Program. All who register for this course must be current members of CAPPA & maintain CAPPA membership throughout certification process and while certified. A lapse in your CAPPA membership will result in your CAPPA Academy account being disabled and a re-enrollment fee will be applied.
This program is distinct and separate from the CLE® program. While both the LE(C) and the CLE® provide families w/ support and education, the LE(C) is not qualified to lead group classes or facilitate a breastfeeding class. They are trained breastfeeding professionals that offer one on one breastfeeding support and education. The LE(C) also does not offer medical advice or provide lactation consulting or breastfeeding assessment. The LE(C) does receive extensive training in proper referral for families needing breastfeeding intervention.
This online portion of this course includes detailed instruction on steps for completion, access to all paperwork necessary for certification and access to the certification exams. As of June 1, 2014 CAPPA Academy will coincide with your training date. Once CAPPA Academy is purcahsed, you will have access until your certification timeframe is expired. Students will receive their program manual at their 20 Hour Lactation Educator Workshop or Community Lactation Educator Workshop (both are considered acceptable workshops for this pathway), which must be registered for separately.  You must register to take your in-person workshop during your 2 year certification period.
The fee for this portion of this course includes the entry fee, exam fee and certification processing fee. It does not include a rush result fee or the fee for the in person workshop. If you have any questions, please email the Executive Director of Lactation Programs at  Once you register for a course and CAPPA processes your registration fee and enrolls you in CAPPA Academy, there are no refunds. For a clear understanding of the scope of practice of the LE(C) please link  here.
This program does not issue Lactation Consultant status, and does not qualify one to issue medical advice, diagnose medical conditions for mother or baby, or to prescribe treatment or medication. Currently CAPPA LE(C)s can work in many fields providing support and advocacy for families across the United States and internationally. CAPPA LE(C)s can be found as WIC peer counselors, as educators on hospital postpartum floors, working as breast pump rental technicians and in breastfeeding support stores, and working in public health departments - just to name a few. Many of our CAPPA LE(C)s also use this certification to round out their labor and postpartum doula services and knowledge to ensure they are providing the highest quality services for breastfeeding support. 
*Please be advised that policies may be changed or adjusted during the course of your certification process.  By enrolling in CAPPA Academy, you agree to abide by these changes.
If you have previously purchased your certification packet and/or processing fee prior to October 1st, 2012, please call the CAPPA office to enter CAPPA Academy with the appropriate fees, based on your previous LE(C) certification purchase.

Please make sure you are registered for the correct CAPPA Academy program (traditional / accelerated / dual).


A $30.00 service fee is required for changing programs.


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