Becoming Certified/Eligibility

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.

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Please note that students who have graduated from or are enrolled in an ACLP-endorsed academic program must contact the ACLP office at in order to start their Eligibility Assessment.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements for the certification exam include:

Eligibility Assessment

To begin, all applicants must complete an Eligibility Assessment to track their progress toward satisfying the requirements.

Exam Registration

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.

More Information About the Certification Process

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Read about the current degree, course work, and clinical experience required in order to register for the exam.

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Watch this guide to meeting the 2019 coursework requirements.

Exam Info

The Child Life Professional Certification Examination is an objective test that covers knowledge, understanding and practical application of professional child life theory. It is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions, and the time allotted to complete the examination is four hours. Candidates for certification must establish eligibility through academic and clinical experiences before they apply to take the examination.

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