Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLSs) are required to pay certification maintenance fees in order to keep their certification status active. Certification maintenance fees fund the general administration of the Child Life Professional Certification Program, including activities such as periodic practice analyses, communication about certification, and accurate record keeping enabling the recognition of credential holders.
Certification maintenance fees are due by January 31 of each of the first four years of the five-year certification cycle.
For example, if you passed the March, August, or November 2017 exam, your first annual maintenance fee payment is due by January 31, 2018. If you re-certified during 2017, your first annual maintenance fee payment for your new cycle is due by January 31, 2018.
CCLSs are sent reminders via email when certification maintenance fees are due, so it is important for each individual to keep the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) informed of changes to contact information. Certification records and contact information may be viewed and updated online by logging in to the ACLP User Profile.
Those who fail to submit maintenance fees will lose the CCLS credential and must begin the certification process anew by meeting the current eligibility requirements and sitting for the examination.