What is the Child Life Certification Exam?
In order to become a Certified Child Life Specialist, individuals must sit for and pass the Child Life Certification Exam. The exam is an objective test that covers knowledge, understanding and practical application of important child life concepts. Individuals have four hours to complete 150 multiple-choice questions. Those who achieve a passing score become certified for a five-year period, after which time they must recertify.
The exam is developed by a group of committees comprised of experts in child life. These committees are part of the Child Life Certification Commission (CLCC) and include the Item Writing, Item Review, and Exam Assembly Committees.
Requirements to take the Child Life Certification Exam
The following are required in order to be eligible to take the Child Life Certification Exam.
The academic requirements for the certification exam are a bachelor's degree in any field of study and child life coursework. The coursework can be obtained either from graduating from an ACLP-endorsed program or through the completion of 10 specific college courses.Learn More
The ACLP Eligibility Assessment is the way ACLP verifies that an individual has completed the academic and clinical requirements needed to sit for the certification exam. The Eligibility Assessment can be started at any time and individuals can add their degree, coursework, and clinical experience information as they complete it. The final Eligibility Assessment is then submitted to ACLP for verification.Learn More
An individual must complete a clinical internship that is under the direct supervision of a CCLS who meets certain criteria. To apply for an internship an individual must have knowledge and skills obtained through pre-internship experiences as well as have started an Eligibility Assessment.Learn More
Child Life Certification Exam Steps
The following video showcases the three steps of the Child Life Certification Exam: preparing for the exam, registering for the exam, and taking the exam.View the Video
Candidates requesting special testing accommodations based on a documented visual, orthopedic, speech or hearing impairment, other health or physical impairment, a specific learning disability, or a psychological or mental disorder that requires modifications to the usual testing environment must complete the Special Testing Accommodations request form.
The request and required documentation must be recieved a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline for the desired exam administration to ensure sufficient time to review the application and make arrangements for any approved modifications.
The link to the Special Testing Accommodations request form is included in the exam registration confirmation email.
FAQs: Child Life Certification Exam
The following are frequently asked questions related to the Child Life Certification Exam.