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Getting Certified

 

The Child Life Professional Certification 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.  We recommend that all child life professionals interested in becoming certified start by downloading the Candidate Manual, a detailed, printer-friendly document that provides a comprehensive overview of the certification process, along with instructions for establishing eligibility and applying for the exam.

 

Click here for more information about Eligibility Requirements

   

Click here for more information about Eligibility Assessments

 

Certification Fees

There are currently three different types of fees associated with the certification process: Eligibility Assessment/Examination Fees, Certification Maintenance Fees, and Recertification Fees.  Learn more about Certification Fees

 

Code of Professional Practice

The Code of Professional Practice addresses ethical dilemmas, behavior that reflects on the child life profession and conduct that may put the general public at risk. All Certified Child Life Specialists are required to provide confirmation of their consent to abide by the code. For more information, please review the Code of Professional Practice

Candidate Manual

The Candidate Manual is a detailed, printer-friendly document that provides a comprehensive overview of the certification process, along with instructions for establishing eligibility and applying for the exam. Review the Candidate Manual

Maintenance and Recertification Manual

The Certification Maintenance and Recertification Manual  is a detailed, printer-friendly document that provides a comprehensive overview of the maintenance and recertification processes. This manual is published by the Child Life Certifying Committee and outlines the steps required to maintain Child Life Professional Certification as well as the process to recertify at the end of the five-year certification cycle.  Review the Maintenance and Recertification Manual