The product of the Job Analysis is the Exam Classification System which is essentially a very detailed job description which defines the scope of practice and includes the performance domains, task statements, and the knowledge and skills needed to perform the identified tasks.
The job of a child life specialist is broken down into very broad domains – professional responsibility, assessment, and intervention – which are used to differentiate the major types of activities performed by a child life specialist. Each of the domains is broken down further into task statements.
In order to perform these tasks, the child life specialist must possess specific knowledge and skills. These are also defined in the classification system.
- The Job Analysis looks at increasingly more specific elements of the role of a child life specialist.
If you possess the knowledge and skills identified, you should be able to perform the tasks that define each of the performance domains that are specified in the Exam Classification System.
A passing score on the certification exam demonstrates the presence of the required level of knowledge to successfully fulfill the role of a child life specialist.