Individual Membership

ACLP Membership for Individuals

Individual membership is available to anyone working in the child life profession as well as those interested in child welfare and/or healthcare. Whether you are a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), a student studying to become a Certified Child Life Specialist, an academic professional, a researcher, an administrator, or an allied healthcare provider, you will benefit from joining the ACLP membership community. 

ACLP is pleased to offer six individual membership categories. Click on a membership category below and refer to the membership comparison table for more information. ACLP also offers child life program, non-profit organization, and corporate memberships.

Contact us at or 800-252-4515 if you have questions or would like assistance with your membership. 

Please Note: It costs $25 to join for all individual membership categories except student membership. A rejoining fee of $25 applies to lapsed memberships for all categories except student membership.

Professional or Retired Membership

Professional Membership

This membership type is appropriate for any Certified Child Life Specialist working (or seeking work) in the field. This work includes traditional, non-traditional, and leadership roles in hospitals, academic positions, and some community-based and private practice roles. Professional membership is the most comprehensive choice, providing access to the most member benefits. The cost is $125 per year.

Retired Membership

This membership type is available by request only to the ACLP office. Eligible individuals who have retired from full-time work in or out of the child life profession are eligible for this category. The cost is $84 per year. Please contact the ACLP office at or 800-252-4515 to apply for Retired Membership.

"I feel it is professionally important to stay connected and
be a member.

- 2019 ACLP Member Survey

Associate Membership

This membership type is for Certified Child Life Specialists who are not currently working in a healthcare, academic, or community-based child life settings and for child life assistants. Associate membership is also appropriate for part-time or non-degree seeking students and those who support and serve the child life community. The cost of membership is $96 per year.

Student Membership

This membership type is for full-time students and current child life interns. Part-time or non-degree seeking students should choose Associate Membership. The cost is $72 per year.

Healthcare Ally Membership

This membership type is for non-child life healthcare professionals who support and/or collaborate with child life specialists and non-child life academic professionals. Those holding the Certified Child Life Specialist credential are not eligible for this membership category. The cost is $84 per year.

International Membership

This member type is available by request only to the ACLP office. Eligible individuals primarily reside outside of the United State, Canada, and associated territories. Individuals may receive a discount off the professional member rate based on the World Bank classification of their home country.

Summary of Membership Cost by World Bank Classification:

  • High-income economies: $125 USD (100% of the professional member rate)
  • Upper-middle-income economies: $93.75 USD (75% of the professional member rate)
  • Lower-middle-income economies: $62.50 USD (50% of the professional member rate)

Please note: Discounts will be taken off the professional member rate, if applicable. Other membership type rates remain the same regardless of the member's residence. Retroactive refunds are not available. Members eligible for discounted international membership may request a discount by contacting the ACLP office, and we will apply the discount to the next renewal cycle.

Please contact the ACLP office at or 800-252-4515 to apply for International Membership.

Membership Benefits

Professional  Retired Associate Student Healthcare Ally  International 
Annual Membership Dues  $125  $84  $96  $72  $84  Variable
ACLP Connect Access  X  X  X  X  X  X
Subscription to ACLP Bulletin  X  X  X  X  X  X
Access to free pop-up webinars  X  X  X  X  X  X
Volunteer opportunities  X  X  X  X  X  X
Voting rights  X  X        
Eligibility to apply for an ACLP Diversity Scholarship      X  X    X
Eligibility to apply for an ACLP International Scholarship            X
Subscription to ACLP Monthly (Research e-newsletter)  X  X  X  X  X  X
Eligible to earn free PDUs for reading Focus articles  X  X        X
Eligible to participate in the ACLP Mentor Program  X  X  X      X
Discounts on:            
The Annual Conference  X  X  X  X  X  X
Webinars  X  X  X  X  X  X
Child Life Store books and merchandise  X  X  X  X  X  X
Certification maintenance and recertification fees  X  X  X  X  X  X
Certification Exam fees  X  X  X  X  X  X
Hotels and rental cars (ACLP members: Log in for access.)  X  X  X  X  X  X

Do you need help finding the best membership category?

ACLP offers six types of individual membership (Professional, Retired, Associate, Student, Healthcare Ally, and International) as well as corporate, non-profit organization, and child life program membership. If you're unsure which membership category would be the best fit, try our interactive membership guide or email

ACLP Hardship Membership Fee Waivers

Are you experiencing a hardship that is impacting your ability to maintain ACLP membership? We may be able to help. Individual Professional Members who are in need of assistance may apply for a Hardship Fee Waiver. Please contact us at for more information.