To establish eligibility for the Child Life Professional Certification Exam, applicants must successfully complete and document each of the eligibility requirements. All applicants must complete an Eligibility Assessment prior to registering for the exam.
Applicants can expect to see their online profile updated within 3 weeks of the receipt of documentation at the ACLP office. Please factor in this turnaround time when planning the submission of internship applications or registration for the exam.
Eligibility Assessment Fee: $75.00 USD
Please note that students who have graduated from or are enrolled in an ACLP-endorsed academic program must contact the ACLP office at email@example.com
in order to start their Eligibility Assessment.
Step #1: Request and Pay for the Eligibility Assessment
- Log in or create a new customer record.
- Click on My Profile under the login boxes.
- From the Customer Profile in the upper left hand-corner, click the small icon with 3 horizontal bars.
- Select Request an Eligibility Assessment.
- Click on Save and Continue after reading the Required Documentation information section.
- Submit payment information.
Please Note: You must submit an official transcript before your degree and coursework will be reviewed.
Step #2: Enter Academic and Internship Information
To complete the eligibility assessment, you must complete each of the following three parts. However, if you have not yet completed all the requirements, you may enter some information and return later to enter the other parts.
From the Customer Profile in the upper left hand-corner, click the small icon with 3 horizontal bars.
Part 1: Click on Enter Degree and Courses for Review
Applicants must enter their degree and each course to be reviewed.
Applicants must submit an official transcript documenting the successful completion of the degree and courses before they will be reviewed. (See below for additional information about submitting transcripts.)
Applicants must enter college/university-generated course descriptions.
The course description field is limited to 250 characters. Enter the first 250 characters. If additional information is needed, we will contact you.
Once your academic information has been reviewed, the Evaluation Report (in your profile, click on Certification Application Status to locate) will show which courses were approved and allow you to monitor your progress toward establishing eligibility. This report may be printed and shared with internship coordinators and others.
Part 2: Click on Enter Child Life Courses Information for Verification
Applicants must complete the online process or submit the Child Life Course Verification Form AND submit an official transcript documenting the successful completion of the course before it will be reviewed. (See below for additional information about submitting transcripts.)
Part 3: Click on Enter Clinical Experience Information for Verification
Applicants must complete the online process or submit the Clinical Experience Verification Form to document a minimum of 600 hours of child life internship under the direct supervision of a CCLS.
Step #3: Submit Documentation
Applicants must submit supporting documentation for each of the requirements as follows:
Degree - Official transcript showing degree and date conferred
Coursework - Official transcript showing successful completion of each of the 10 required courses AND complete the online process or submit the Child Life Course Verification Form
Internship - Complete the online process or submit the Clinical Experience Verification Form signed by the CCLS internship supervisor showing the successful completion of a minimum of 600 hours of child life internship
Official transcripts can only be transmitted in one of the following ways:
- Email sent directly from your school to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hard copy mailed to our office (address below) directly from your school
- Hard copy in a sealed envelope marked official sent to our office (address below) by you or a third party
Please Note: Applicants may not email or fax transcripts to us. They are not considered official and will not be accepted.
1820 N. Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209
What if the name on my official transcript doesn't match the name on my Eligibility Assessment?
If the name that appears on your official transcript(s) does not match the name on your Eligibility Assessment, you must provide verification of your name change such as a marriage license or social security card. This documentation can be faxed, emailed, or mailed to our office.
I sent my official transcript. Why does my Eligibility Assessment still say "not passed" for the official transcript requirement?
We require official transcripts to document completion of each of the courses submitted to satisfy the 10 required courses including the child life course taught by a CCLS as well as degree conferral. The official transcript requirement will adjust to "passed" once transcripts are received/reviewed confirming ALL of these.
How long will it take for you to review my transcript?
We will send you an email confirming that we have received your transcripts. Then, it can take up to three weeks before updates are reflected on your online Evaluation Report.
Keep checking your Evaluation Report if you expect updates*. Your report is available through your online profile, and you are welcome to print and disperse it at your discretion.
*ACLP will not send notification of updates to your Report nor disperse your Eligibilty Assessment results to internship sites on your behalf.
What happens after I establish eligibility?
When all the academic and clinical requirements have been met, reviewed, and accepted, applicants will be notified by email and upgraded from applicant to candidate status. At that time, candidates will receive information regarding exam registration.
After the candidate registers and pays for the certification exam, we will notify the test administration agency. Candidates will be contacted directly by our testing partner with information about how to schedule the exam through their online system at the preferred testing center. At that time, candidates will also select their date and time preferences.
Appointments for each testing center are made on a first-come, first-served basis, and are limited to the operating schedule at each site.