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Traditional (In-Person) Course

This course is designed for students who choose to take the in-person training workshop which is conducted in Mumbai.

Course Fee: Rs.45000/- (Includes – One year CAPPA International Membership, Certification Packet, Manual, Workshop Fee & Mentor Fee. It does not include the cost of the reading books.)


Course Requirements:

  • You have a maximum of 2 years to complete all course requirements. You may finish earlier as well. There is no minimum time limit.
  • Candidate must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a member of CAPPA.
  • Attend a CAPPA Lactation Educator Training Workshop.
  • Read the Manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.
  • Document attendance of two La Leche League, Nursing Mother’s Council of local breast feeding support meetings.
  • Observe a breast feeding class designed for parents taught by an IBCLC, CLC or CLE with proof of attendance. The class must be a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Review three current research studies. Details / forms are provided in your certification packet.
  • Submit a one-hour video of yourself teaching.
  • Create a resource list with information on local support for parents.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Pass the multiple choice exam and essays. An 85% passing grade is required.
  • In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms; Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement and Scope of Practice.
  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.

Online Course

This course is designed for students who are unable to take the in-person training workshop.

Course Fee: Rs.45000/- (Includes – One year CAPPA International Membership, Certification Packet, Manual, Access to Online Modules & Mentor Fee. It does not include the cost of the reading books.)

Course Requirements:

  • You have a maximum of 2 years to complete all course requirements. You may finish earlier as well. There is no minimum time limit.
  • CAPPA certification candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a member of CAPPA.
  • Read the CAPPA Childbirth Educator training manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.
  • Complete the online modules.
  • Document attendance of two La Leche League, Nursing Mother’s Council or local breastfeeding support meetings.
  • Submit class outline and curriculum including all handouts.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Observe a breast feeding class designed for parents taught by an IBCLC, CLC or CLE with proof of attendance. Class must be a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Review two current research studies. Details and forms are available in your certification packet.
  • Submit a one hour video of yourself teaching.
  • Create a resource list with information on local support for parents.
  • Submit class outline and curriculum, including all handouts.
  • Pass the multiple choice exam and essays. An 85% passing grade is required.
  • In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms; Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement and Scope of Practice.
  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.

Accelerated Certification

This course is designed for students that meet one of the following criterion: are currently a licensed registered nurse with at least 1 year of lactation experience; are a La Leche League leader with at least 2 years of experience; are a certified Child birth Educator with CAPPA, ICEA or Lamaze who has taught a minimum of 12 breast feeding classes; or is a registered dietician with at least 2 years of breast feeding support experience. CAPPA members may apply for the Accelerated Course by sending proof of qualifications to info@cappaindia.com

Course Fees : Rs.36000/- (Includes – One year CAPPA International Membership, Certification Packet, Manual, Access to Online Modules & Mentor Fee. It does not include the cost of the reading books.)


Course Requirements :

  • You have a maximum of 1 years to complete all course requirements. You may finish earlier as well. There is no minimum time limit.
  • CAPPA certification candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a member of CAPPA.
  • Read the CAPPA Childbirth Educator training manual and the required books from the CAPPA required reading list.
  • Complete the online modules.
  • Submit a 15 minute video of yourself teaching.
  • Create a resource list with information on local breast feeding support for parents.
  • Pass the multiple choice exam and essays. An 85% passing grade is required.
  • Complete a total of 2 student teaching hours with a certified instructor.
  • Pass the multiple choice exam and essays. An 85% passing grade is required.
  • In order for candidates to be eligible for CAPPA certification they must sign and agree to the following forms; Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy, Grievance Policy, Mission Statement, CAPPA Approach / Philosophy Statement, Vision Statement and Scope of Practice.
  • Please view all of CAPPA’s Policies and Procedures.

Scope of Practice

A CAPPA Certified Lactation Educator will work with pregnant mothers and families and provide them with breast feeding information to help them form breast feeding decisions during pregnancy. In addition they can also associate with maternity facilities to provide breast feeding support and information post delivery. These professionals may also offer their services as a private practice and with home visits.

  • Offer non-biased focused information, support, encouragement, guidance, referrals, and education to their communities, which includes families and professionals.
  • Provide culturally sensitive and adult based education.
  • Refer to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, need for prescription, or medical diagnosis.
  • Help families understand their rights according to current healthcare policy and legal statues.
  • Advise parents on how to maintain lactation when they are separated from their infant, which includes information on hand expression and the usage of breast pumps.
  • Offer continual support for families during the weaning process and beyond as it pertains to breastfeeding.
  • Educate, support and offer referrals to mothers who need to supplement or find that breastfeeding must be halted due to medical and/or personal reasons.

The CAPPA Lactation Educator is not a clinician and therefore does not:

  • Take a medical history or take medical notes on their clients.
  • Provide clinical written histories to healthcare workers (as they do not take clinical notes).
  • Give clinical assessment of the mother’s breasts, the baby’s mouth, or the dyad’s dysfunctional latch.
  • Use pre and post lacteal weight checks for assessment.
  • Prescribe the use of medical devices including but not limited to nipple shields, supplemental nursing systems, and topical ointments.

Program Director (To be Updated)


Laurel Wilson