Future Child Life Specialists
To earn the Certified Child Life Specialist credential, candidates must successfully complete the Child Life Professional Certification Examination.
Applicants must establish eligibility for the exam, documenting the completion of all the requirements that are in effect at the time of their exam application.
Certification is never granted without documentation of all components of eligibility and the successful completion of the examination.
There are also requirements for maintaining certification, once it has been granted.
Eligibility requirements for the certification exam include:
To begin, all applicants must complete an Eligibility Assessment to track their progress toward satisfying the requirements.
Step-by-step instructions for completing the Eligibility Assessment can be found by clicking here.
Please note that students who have graduated from or are enrolled in an ACLP-endorsed academic program must contact the ACLP office at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to start their Eligibility Assessment.
Once eligibility is established, candidates are given access to register for the certification exam.
For full details on the process of becoming certified, please see the Candidate Manual.
Read about the current degree, course work, and clinical experience required in order to register for the exam.
Watch this guide to meeting the 2019 coursework requirements.
Interested in becoming certified?
This is your source for all the details on establishing eligibility, preparing for and taking the exam, and beyond.