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The Examination

The Child Life Professional Certification Examination is an objective test that covers knowledge, understanding and practical application of professional child life theory. It is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions, and the time allotted to complete the examination is four hours. Candidates for certification must establish eligibility through academic and clinical experiences before they apply to take the examination. Those who achieve a passing score become certified for a five-year period, after which time they must recertify.

Please review the following sections to learn more about the Child Life Professional Certification Examination:


Deadlines, Locations & Exam Dates

All exam administrations are computer-based and may be taken at over 300 geographically-diverse testing centers. Learn more about Deadlines & Exam Dates


Examination Fees

Examination fees help offset the costs of the general development of the Child Life Professional Certification Examination, as well as the costs specific to the administration of the exam (e.g. application processing, facility fees, testing agency service fees, score processing). Learn more about Examination Fees 


Establishing Eligibility

How do I establish that I am eligible for the exam?  Learn more about Establishing Eligibility.


Registering for the Exam

Review this section in detail for more information about registering for the exam, including information on how to request Special Accommodations at the exam site. Learn more about Registering for the Exam


Preparing for the Examination

There are many resources available to exam applicants to help them prepare for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination, including a Study Guide available through the CLC Bookstore, an Online Practice Test, and Recommended Reference list. Learn more about Preparing for the Examination


Exam Day

Learn more about the day of the exam, including what to bring, testing procedures, and security policies. Exam Day


After the Exam

When will I find out the results of my exam? What happens if I pass? What are my options if I didn't pass? Learn more: After the Exam


About the Examination - General Information

Learn more about the process used to develop the exam, and how passing scores are determined.  About the Examination.