Many online sessions will be accepted, provided they meet the requirements defined within the Maintenance & Recertification Manual.
Only online courses including an interactive component (with an instructor and/or other participants) and/or a standardized, post-completion assessment (quiz/test) are allowed. In an online training situation, the Certification Commission expects the Certified Child Life Specialist® (CCLS) to have the opportunity to communicate with the instructor or other participants such as during a webinar.
The “interactive component” does not include asynchronous activities such as posting to discussion boards, and emails to and from the instructor. It includes synchronous activities such as web-based conferences/webinars, teleconferences, and live instant-message discussions.
Time spent doing assignments for online courses does not count towards PDUs.
CCLSs are required to keep detailed records of the time spent online for the course. If online at a particular time of day for the course, please track those times. If not, please provide a daily estimate and any other information about the time spent completing the session.
Internet-based activities that do not include an interactive element MUST have a standardized, post-completion assessment (quiz/test) to be eligible for PDUs.
Learn more about the process to report Professional Development Units.