Overview of Child Life Certification Commission (CLCC)

With the revision to the bylaws that was approved by the ACLP membership in May 2018, the Child Life Certifying Committee has become the Child Life Certification Commission.  This is not a separate organization; CLCC will remain part of ACLP but will have different authority. 

CLCC now has authority for making decisions regarding all essential certification activities including policies related to:

  • Eligibility requirements
  • Certification standards
  • Exam development and administration
  • Selection of Subject Matter Experts
  • Disciplinary actions for certification-related matters

The Commission is comprised of 12 commissioners who also oversee several committees:

  • Item Writing
  • Item Review
  • Exam Assembly
  • Recertification Audit
  • Communications
  • Appeals
  • Ethics
  • Nominating

CLCC Structure graphic

The Nominating Committee is responsible for the nominating process for multiple positions within CLCC. This process is separate from that of all other ACLP positions to stay compliant with best practice for credentialing bodies.  The CLCC nomination process is timed partly to align with ACLP Board of Directors’ nominations, but is made separately to avoid undue influence.

For information on the current commissioners, please click here.

Why the change was made

As one of its strategic goals, ACLP has set its sights on NCCA accreditation of the certification program.  The NCCA, National Commission of Certifying Agencies, is the accrediting body for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence which promotes standards for the credentialing industry.

NCCA standards require accredited certification bodies to have ultimate authority over essential certification activities as described above.

ACLP and CLCC believe in following best practices in all their endeavors.  Adhering to the NCCA standards is a major step towards this CLCC goal. 

In many ways the reasons to pursue NCCA accreditation mirror those held by individuals who pursue the CCLS credential.  NCCA accreditation is desirable because it:

  • Is a benchmark of quality
  • Enhances a program's credibility and legitimacy
  • Increases value and stature
  •  Provides accountability and validity
  • Ensures reliability/Trust
  • Gives a competitive edge
For more information, contact certification@childlife.org. 

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