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.
Eligibility requirements are subject to change. Currently, in order to establish eligibility for the exam, candidates must meet three requirements prior to the exam application deadline.
Applicants must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree.
Applicants must have completed a total of 10 college-level courses in child life or a related department/subject including a minimum of one child life course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS).
If, after reviewing the eligibility requirements, you are unsure if the course work on your transcript will be accepted to establish eligibility for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination, from now until December 31, 2013, you have the option to request a course work review. A new Eligibility Assessment Service will be introduced as part of an updated two-step exam application process in early 2014. Learn more about Course Work Reviews and the New Eligibility Assessment Service
There are currently three different types of fees associated with the certification process: Examination Fees, Certification Maintenance Fees, and Recertification Fees. Learn more about Certification Fees
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
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