Lactation Educator Accelerated 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 Lactation Educator, CLE® - Accelerated Program
This online portion of this course and exam is designed for those candidates who wish to enter and complete the Accelerated Certified Lactation Educator™ Program. All who register for this course must be current members of CAPPA and 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 being applied.
In order to register for this course you must have preapproval from the Executive Director of Lactation Programs. To apply for an access code to register for this program, you must meet one of the requirements below. Copies of licenses/certifications are required.
·         Be a currently licensed RN with at least one year lactation experience working with mothers and babies who are breastfeeding. Proof required in the form of a letter from nurse manager or administrator stating nursing experience and specific breastfeeding support.
·         Be a La Leche League Leader with at least two years of experience.
·         Be a certified childbirth educator (CAPPA approved) who has taught a minimum of 12 breastfeeding classes. Proof required in the form of class rosters and/or evaluations and CCCE certificate.
·         Be a WIC Peer Counselor or Registered Dietician with at least 2 years breastfeeding support experience. 
If you meet the criteria, please email the Executive Director of Lactation Programs about gaining acceptance into the Accelerated Program at Once approved you may resume your purchase.
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 purchased, you will have access until your certification timeframe is expired. Students will receive their program manual at their 20 Hour Lactation Educator Workshop, which must be registered for separately. 
You must register for you’re in person workshop during the specified 2 year certification period.
The fee for 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 CLE® 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 CLE®s can work in many fields providing support and advocacy for families across the United States and internationally. CAPPA CLE®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 CLE®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, to enter CAPPA Academy at the appropriate fees, please call the CAPPA office based on a previous CLE® 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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