In light of recent interest in alternative and cost-effective ways to earn PDUs for recertification, please see the list below for some additional options. 

For a complete listing of PDU-eligible activities, please refer to the Recertification Manual.

Do you have a great PDU source that we missed? Let us know!

How Can I Earn Professional Development Units?

ACLP Opportunities

Other Opportunities

  • Meetings and conferences hosted by regional and international child life groups
  • UPEDIA webinars: Canadian child life website with occasional webinars
  • edWeb webinars: Resources for educators with occasional free webinars applicable to child life
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizationwebinars and conference
  • Life is Good Playmaker training
  • Association for Play Therapy e-learning
  • Cancer Support Community webinars
  • Hospice Foundation of America online courses
  • Erikson Institute continuing education webinars
  • Convenient Classroom webinars
  • Unite for Sight webinars
  • Schwartz Center webinars
  • Dandle*LION Medical webinars
  • Military Families Learning Network webinars
  • Seattle Children's Grand Rounds
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Learning Center
  • Local bereavement or grief center workshops
  • Hospital grand rounds or other learning classes
  • Presenting in-services, workshops, or conference sessions
  • Publishing
  • Intern supervision
  • PDU Calendar: ACLP and ACLP-Approved Events

    • ACLP Webinar: Reconnect For Resilience: Connecting and Enhancing Child Life Skills with the Neuroscience Behind the Body's Stress Reaction November

      October 17 - October 17, 2018
      October 17, 2018
    • ACLP Webinar: Understanding and Honoring Emotion Work in the Child Life Profession: Voices from the Trenches

      October 24 - October 24, 2018
      October 24, 2018
    • ACLP Webinar: Creating a Sharing Place: Grief Support Both In and Out of the Hospital

      November 14 - November 14, 2018
      November 14, 2018


    These ideas for earning professional development units (PDUs) were submitted to the Association of Child Life Professionals by its members. ACLP is not responsible for, nor does it endorse the content or quality of, any non-ACLP courses. The Association does not pre-approve PDU sessions not offered by ACLP. It is up to each Certified Child Life Specialist to determine if the offerings meet the requirements set forth by ACLP. When in doubt, individuals should contact the institutions listed above for further information. For important additional details about the recertification process, please see the Recertification Manual