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ACLP Job Analysis

Why a Job Analysis?

A Job Analysis is conducted approximately every 5 years to determine the tasks a child life specialist performs and the knowledge/skills needed to perform those tasks competently. It is an essential step in safeguarding consumers as it is a methodology for defining the characteristics of an individual who has the capacity to perform competently.

It is essential that examination content be reviewed periodically to ensure that existing outlines continue
to cover the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required for competent practice in the field.

To learn more about the job analysis and why it's important, listen to Episode 2 of the #ChildLife Podcast. To view the results of the 2018 Job Analysis, click here.

Apply to be a part of the 2022 Job Analysis.

Job Analysis Process

1. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are selected through an application process to represent the population of child life specialists.

Factors considered in selection:

  • Educational background.
  • Familiarity with ACLP documents
  • Geographic location
  • Primary job role
  • Number of years certified
  • Size of program

2. SMEs meet over the course of 3 days 

  • SMEs meet over the course of 3 days to discuss the current exam blueprint, drafted revisions and discussed eligibility requirements necessary to produce a candidate with the capacity to perform the tasks they defined as the basis for an entry-level practitioner.
  • They also discuss the education and training that would be needed for an individual to develop the knowledge and skills the panel determined are required for competent performance as a minimally-competent, entry-level child life specialist, all in order to gain a better understanding of any prerequisite training that would be needed.

3. Schroeder Measurement Technologies, a professional testing service, creates a survey instrument to validate the work of the SME panel. The survey is sent to all CCLSs.

  • The survey is sent to all CCLSs to participate and provide feedback.
  • Survey respondents rate each of the tasks defined in step one based on frequency and importance. 

4. The SME panelists meet again to discuss any irregularities and comments from the survey.

  • SME panelists are asked to review the demographics of the survey respondents.  They determined if the respondents were an appropriate sampling of the CCLS population across the demographic elements collected.

  • Decisions are made about the inclusion of a few tasks that were questioned by survey respondents.

  • They engage in a robust discussion of eligibility. 

5. The new exam content blueprint is finalized.

  • The new blueprint is finalized and utilized by the CLCC and the child life community.



The only requirement to participate in the 2022 Job Analysis is that the individual is a Certified Child Life Specialist. Apply to be on the Subject Matter Expert Panel today.