Schedule, Fees, Location & Registration

Certification Examination Schedule

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

Registration Deadline

- March 10
- August 10
- October 27

Testing Window

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

Certification Examination Fees

ACLP Members

$300.00 US


$450.00 US


Computer-based examinations are delivered through ISO Quality Testing (IQT), to provide globally dispersed examinees with a secure, high-quality, accessible, and user-friendly testing experience. IQT operates commercial testing centers with personnel specifically trained to administer examinations. IQT has direct control over the staff and sites, and will make testing appointments for examinees on a five- or six-day a week basis during a two-week testing period specified by the Association of Child Life Professionals.

IQT maintains a network of more than 300 testing centers worldwide. For the locations of IQT’s testing centers, visit


Prior to applying for the exam, candidates should read and fully understand the content of the Candidate Manual, which provides information on child life certification, including: eligibility requirements, application procedures, examination content and other essential information about the program. When submitting an application, candidates are required to agree to abide by the policies in the Candidate Manual.

Application Process

The application for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination is a two-step process. Applicants must first establish eligibility through an Eligibility Assessment. Once this is complete, candidates may register for the exam of their choice. Once you have registered, you will receive an email from our testing agency with information on how to select your exam date, location and time.


Some candidates may also need to submit the following:

All examination sites are fully accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Special testing accommodations require documentation and are scheduled subject to approval upon review of the required documentation. Candidates for whom English is a foreign language and/or those with a 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 can apply for special accommodations. Only those candidates who have been granted this approval in advance will receive special accommodations during testing.

To apply, please fill out the Special Accommodations Packet from the Association of Child Life Professionals office. Requests for special accommodations MUST be submitted along with the exam registration at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline

  • Name Change Verification

If you are applying under a different name from that which appears on your transcript(s) and/or Verification Form(s), you must submit documentation of your name change. A copy of either your new Social Security Card or your marriage license is acceptable as documentation.

Please Note: Because all application materials become the property of the Child Life Certification Commission candidates are encouraged to make copies of submitted documentation for their records To confirm receipt of your materials, the use of an expedited, traceable mail service or the postal service's Delivery Confirmation is recommended.