Certification FAQs

General Certification FAQs

  • Am I required to be a member of the Association of Child Life Professionals to be eligible for certification?

  • Is certification mandatory?

Baccalaureate Degree FAQs

Coursework FAQs

Clinical Experience FAQs

  • How do I get the clinical experience?

  • What's the difference between volunteering, practicums, and internships?

  • Do I have to complete a practicum?

  • Do I have to finish my child life course prior to applying for internships?

  • Do I have to complete a practicum before applying to internship?

  • Do I have to have volunteer hours? How many?

  • What does it mean when a practicum or internship says students must be "affiliated"?

  • I am an independent intern (not currently affiliated with a college or university) looking for liability insurance. Does ACLP have any information about insurance companies that cover the child life specialty?

  • I completed an internship in another field. Can I use those hours towards child life certification?

  • Can I use hours that I have worked as a child life specialist or child life assistant to meet the clinical experience requirement?

  • Can I use hours that I have worked with children outside the child life profession to meet the clinical experience requirement?

  • Can I obtain the hours at more than one site?

  • Do the clinical hours I completed in the past still count?

Exam FAQs

  • Can I change exam administrations?

  • Can I withdraw from the examination?

  • How are absences/inclement weather handled?

  • Do I need to bring anything to the exam?

  • What happens if I don’t pass the exam?

Recertification FAQs

  • What activities do not count as PDUs?

  • What about online learning?

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