ACLP Membership Categories

ACLP is the leading international professional association devoted to child life specialists. Membership is available to anyone working in the child life profession as well as others interested in child welfare and/or healthcare. No matter your role in the healthcare community, you will benefit from joining ACLP as a member.

Types of ACLP Memberships:


Individual Membership Types and Benefits

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.

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


Individual Membership Type Descriptions

  • Professional Membership

  • Retired Membership

  • Associate Membership

  • Student Membership

  • Healthcare Ally Membership

  • International Membership


Professional Retired Associate Student Healthcare Ally International
Annual Membership Dues $125
+ $25
joining fee*
$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
Earn over 20 free publication PDUs  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** X X X X X X

*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.

**Current ACLP Members can log into their profile (homepage) to find the discount codes for hotels and rental cars.



ACLP Membership Access Program

The ACLP Membership Access Program is designed to assist Certified Child Life Specialists who are not currently members gain access to benefits and resources available through ACLP. A limited number of complimentary one-year memberships will be awarded.

To apply, visit our Membership Access scholarship page.

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 membership@childlife.org for more information.


Corporate & Non-Profit Membership

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Child Life Program Membership

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