Updated March 18, 2020:  

SMT/IQT/Prometric, our test administration partners, have closed all of their testing centers due to the coronavirus.

Candidates may reschedule the exam through SMT/IQT/Prometric during the period from April 17 – May 31, 2020. Whether testing centers will again be open during this period is still unknown. Their Customer Service number is 866-773-1114.

Any additional information I receive will be forwarded to you as soon as it is available. Thank you for your patience.

Questions may be directed to Ame Enright at AEnright@childlife.org or SMT Customer Service at 866-773-1114.

The Child Life Professional Certification Examination is an objective test that covers knowledge, understanding and practical application of important child life concepts. 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. Those who achieve a passing score become certified for a five-year period, after which time they must recertify.

Eligibility must be established by the registration deadline for the desired exam administration, including submission of all required documentation.

Candidates requesting special testing accommodations based on a documented visual, orthopedic, speech or hearing impairment, other health or physical impairment, a specific learning disability, or a psychological or mental disorder that requires modifications to the usual testing environment must make the request in writing a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline for the desired exam administration to ensure sufficient time to review the application and make arrangements for any approved modifications. Without exception, the request and required documentation must be received 2 weeks prior to the established registration deadlineApply for testing accommodations.

Preparing for the Exam


How to prepare yourself for the exam.

Registering for the Exam


How to register for the exam.

Taking the Exam


What to expect on exam day.