Eligibility Assessment

The Eligibility Assessment is the first step in the certification process.  It is the means for establishing eligibility for the certification exam through a review of degree and relevant course work as well as the verification of child life internship hours.

Anyone interested in having academic and clinical information reviewed and accepted for the purposes of establishing eligibility for the exam and/or providing an internship site with evidence of his/her progress towards satisfying the academic requirements should request an Eligibility Assessment.

Applicants pay a non-refundable fee of $75 to open an assessment record and progressively submit information and materials (including official transcripts and other verification documents) as they complete the requirements for establishing exam eligibility. When all elements of the Eligibility Assessment are verified, the applicant will be eligible to register for the exam.

Nothing can be reviewed until appropriate documentation such as official transcripts or Clinical Experience Verification Forms is received.  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.

Please note that an Eligibility Assessment is valid until any changes in the eligibility requirements occur.  If you begin an assessment under one set of requirements and then wish to take the exam after requirements change, you are required to start the process anew and pay the $75 eligibility assessment fee again.  Those who began an Eligibility Assessment or established eligibility for the exam under the requirements prior to 2019, are required to start a new Eligibility Assessment under the new requirements including a second payment of the appropriate fee.


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

Step #1

Log on (or create a new customer record):

Login or create a new customer record
- Click on the menu icon (3 horizontal lines) in the upper left corner of the page
- Click on Request an Eligibility Assessment under the Certification Portal
- If presented, answer the questions and confirm your agreement with the statements presented by entering your digital signature and clicking on Save and Continue.
- Submit payment information.

Step #2

Enter your information

Complete the assessment by filling in the following three parts:

- Part 1: Enter your degree and course information
- Part 2: Enter child life course information for verification
- Part 3: Enter clinical experience information for verification

Step #3 

Send Supporting Documentation

Please remember that you must submit the following:

Official transcripts: You can send your official transcripts in one of three ways: 

- As an email sent directly from your school to certification@childlife.org
- As a hard copy mailed to our office directly from your school
- As a hard copy in a sealed envelope marked official sent to our office by you or a third party.

Please note that emailed or faxed transcripts are not considered official.

Child Life Course Verification Form: found in the Candidate Manual
Clinical Experience Verification Form: found in the Candidate Manual

Important Note:

Your degree and course information will not be reviewed by the certification department until you have requested an Eligibility Assessment and submitted official transcripts. Once your academic information has been reviewed, the Evaluation Report (located in the Certification Portal) 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.

Documentation FAQs

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.