Current Program Highlights
ACLP Feasibility Study: Advanced-Level Credentialing Product
The Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) serves the needs of more than 6,000 professionals with different experience levels from new to their career to the advanced level. To continue to serve the needs of child life professionals, we are exploring the interest in and need for an advanced-level credential (or certification) or a certificate program.
Please note that this is an exploratory study to help ACLP assess whether an advanced practice recognition program is reasonable. It does not mean that the decision to create a new, advanced practice program has been made. The results of this study may indicate that this type of program is (or is not) warranted.
The study includes two activities:
- Focus group with subject matter experts to gather information regarding the difference between advanced and entry-level practice, current and future directions of the profession, and value of certification and/or certificate program to various stakeholders
- Electronic survey to gather information from current certificants regarding the interest and need for an advanced-level credentialing product.
Results of the study are anticipated in the third quarter of 2019.
A digital badge represents an achievement, skill, or credential online. The Child Life Certification Commission issues digital badges to all Certified Child Life Specialists to be used to represent visually the achievement of earning the CCLS designation.
With a single click on the badge, the viewer is directed to verifiable information about the rigorous process of earning the credential, the Child Life Certification Commission, and the Association of Child Life Professionals. This allows the viewer to confirm the current authenticity of certification and learn more about the requirements, professional skills, and competencies involved.
With digital badges, CCLSs can take ownership of their achievement by displaying the badge on social media and other platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, as well as over email and on personal websites. This sharing capability helps CCLSs move forward professionally by making them more visible to employers and peers in professional communities.
Our digital badging partner, Acclaim, provides a link from CCLSs’ badges to real-time labor market data, meaning that they can connect with active job postings that require the credential and its relevant skills.