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Certification for the Child Life Profession

The child life profession is a dynamic, challenging, and often competitive discipline that demands excellence from its practitioners. In traditional hospital settings and beyond, child life specialists are responding to a wide variety of complex issues by applying their unique body of knowledge and skills. As child life professionals are continually challenged to demonstrate their value and expertise to satisfy employer expectations, those individuals who have documented a basic mastery of child life theory and practice – and have the initiative to learn new skills – will become increasingly valuable to their organizations.

The Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) credential is the exclusive certification issued by the Child Life Council.  The CCLS credentialing program is a rigorous, examination-based professional certification credential. The requirements for Getting Certified are based on academic and clinical experiences, and successful completion of the Child Life Professional Certification Examination

The CCLS credentialing program was established in 1986 to increase the proficiency of child life professionals by identifying a body of knowledge; establishing a level of comprehension and performance necessary for certification; and increasing the value of practitioners to their employers.


Why Become Certified?

There are many benefits associated with becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist:

For questions regarding the certification process, please contact