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
- October 1–November 15**

*Applicants must establish eligibility through an Eligibility Assessment in order to register for the Child Life Professional Certification Exam. Once the Eligibility Assessment is complete, candidates may register for the exam of their choice. In order to ensure that ACLP staff has sufficient time to review your transcripts and other documentation, please be sure your documents arrive at the ACLP office by the following deadlines:

March 1 (for the March exam)
August 1 (for the August exam)
October 18 (for the November exam)

**Change in November Certification Exam Dates for 2020 Only


In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the traditional November testing window will be expanded to include October 1, 2020 – November 15, 2020. 
Due to the predicted second wave of coronavirus cases and the potential for the closure of in-person testing facilities, candidates are encouraged to test earlier within this testing window if possible.

Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis from September 1, 2020 through October 27, 2020; no registrations for this testing window will be accepted after October 27, 2020. Candidates must register and pay for the exam through the ACLP website a minimum of 5 days prior to the desired test date.

Certification Examination Fees

ACLP Members

$300.00 US

Non-Members

$450.00 US

Locations

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 maintains relationships with commercial testing centers with personnel specifically trained to administer examinations. ACLP does not control the location of testing centers; they are determined by IQT.

IQT maintains a network of more than 300 testing centers worldwide. Testing center locations.

CLCC is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Testing centers in the US are fully compliant with the ADA.  A candidate 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 may request special testing accommodations. Information given to CLCC about candidate disabilities and testing needs is confidential. There are no additional fees associated with the provision of special accommodations to persons with disabilities.

Candidates requesting special testing accommodations 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 

Registration

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 registering for the certification exam, 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. Candidates requesting testing accommodations must NOT schedule their exam through the link provided as a rescheduling fee may apply; they will be contacted by a representative of the our testing partner, SMT/IQT, to make testing arrangements.

Documentation

In addition to the documents submitted for the Eligibility Assessment, some candidates may also need to submit the following:

Special Accommodations Packet with supporting documentation

All US 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 submit the Special Accommodations PacketRequests for special accommodations MUST be submitted along with the exam registration at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline.

Candidates requesting testing accommodations must NOT schedule their exam through the exam administration agency's website as a rescheduling fee may apply; they will be contacted by a representative of the our testing partner, SMT/IQT, to make testing arrangements.

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.

Retaking the Exam

Candidates can only take the exam once per testing window.

Three test forms will be available each year. Therefore, candidates are allowed to sit for the examination three times per year and will be administered a different test form with each attempt. After three attempts, a candidate must skip an administration (testing window) of the examination. If they fail a fourth time, candidates must skip another administration of the examination prior to taking a fifth time.

When a candidate is required to skip an examination administration, the candidate is encouraged to seek out learning opportunities and coursework to gain further information regarding the child life profession and skills.

Candidates are limited to taking the examination 5 times. Additional attempts require the approval of the Appeals Committee.

If eligibility requirements have changed since the last examination attempt, a candidate must reestablish eligibility prior to retaking the examination. A new Eligibility Assessment must be completed in such cases. All published registration deadlines and examination fees apply when retaking the examination. 

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