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. Those who achieve a passing score become certified for a five-year period, after which time they must recertify.


Preparing for the Exam

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How to prepare yourself for the exam.

Registering for the Exam

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How to register for the exam.

Taking the Exam

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What to expect on exam day.

Certification Examination Schedule

Eligibility must be established by the registration deadline, 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 deadline.

Registration Deadline

- March 10
- August 10
- October 27

Testing Window

- March 15-30
- August 15-30
- November 1-15

- March 10
- August 10
- October 27

Testing Window

- March 15-30
- August 15-30
- November 1-15

- March 10
- August 10
- October 27

Testing Window

- March 15-30
- August 15-30
- November 1-15