CCE - Certified Childbirth Educator

  • $150-$450
  • Renews every 3 years

COURSE FORMAT

In Person

About

The Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) is offered by the Prepared Childbirth Educators, Inc. (PCE). Certified Childbirth Eductors instruct and teach new parents on skills needed to prepare for pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenthood.

The CCE is knowledgeable in the following areas:

  • Prenatal exercises

  • Pain management theories during labor

  • Nonpharmacologic pain management strategies

  • Psychological and emotional effects of labor

  • Breathing and relaxation techniques during labor

  • Teaching the labor support person

Eligibility Requirements for the CCE Exam

Applicants must hold a current and active nursing license in the U.S. and meet one of the following experience requirements:

  • One year of childbirth education instruction

  • One year working in obstetrics 

  • Completed training on teaching childbirth education

Applying for the Examination

Applicants who have previously taken a Prepared Childbirth Educators, Inc. (PCE) prep course can email them directly for a discounted rate and registration form.

Applicants testing without a prep course paying full price can register directly online.

Exams are held in cycles throughout the year. Specific deadlines for registration and payment, proctor submission, and returned examinations apply to each cycle.

Fees

If the applicant completed PCE’s prep course within three years of applying for the exam, a discounted rate of $150 is offered.

The exam cost without the prep course discount is $450.

Course Format

Exam Format

Exams are not currently held on-site due to COVID-19 restrictions. Exams are conducted via off-site proctors.

After registration and payment are processed, candidates will receive a proctor form via email. The candidate chooses a proctor who is in a management role (nursing supervisor, director of education, etc.) who will fill out the proctor form, signed by both individuals, and sent via email back to PCE by the candidate.

The examination will be sent directly to the proctor and must be mailed to a work address with a dedicated office or mailbox. The exam is then conducted in a public setting (library, conference room) with the proctor supervising. One hour is allotted to complete the exam and the use of textbooks and study resources is not allowed.

It is the responsibility of the proctor to mail the completed exam back to the PCE office by the exam due date specified in the selected cycle.

Candidates may also choose a designated testing center if they do not wish to use their own proctor.

Certification

Renewal

The CCE credential is valid for 3 years. To maintain the CCE credential, 18 hours of continuing education specific to childbirth or obstetrics must be obtained. The CCE Recertification Renewal Form must be completed and emailed or mailed to PCE along with a payment of $60 and copies of the CE certificates.

Recertification candidates who do not meet the education requirements for renewal can purchase a PCE education packet for $75.

Other Resources

The PCE offers the following resources:

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  • Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultant (ANLC)

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Frequently asked questions

Can I earn a Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) online?

No you can't earn a Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) online.

What organization offers the Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE)?

The Prepared Childbirth Educators, Inc. (PCE) offers the Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE).

How often do I need to renew my Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) certification?

You must renew your Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) every three years.

What are the continuing education (CE) requirements for recertifying the Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE)?

Recertifying the Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) requires a total of 18 continuing education (CE) contact hours every three years.

Who would benefit from obtaining the Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) certification?

Registered Nurses (RNs) who work instruct and teach new parents on skills needed to prepare for pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenthood would benefit by obtaining the Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) certification.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) certification?

The eligibility requirements for the Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) certification include:

  • An active RN license in the U.S.

  • One of the following experience requirements:

    • One year of childbirth education instruction

    • One year working in obstetrics

    • Completed training on teaching childbirth education