Getting the Letters

**for those seeking internship advice, feel free to visit my guest blog post on Child Life Mommy, or visit the ACLP’s website directly**

Below are the steps and requirements as determined by the Association for Child Life Professionals in order to become a Certified Child Life Specialist. While it is possible to work in a Child Life role before certification, the ever so coveted letters – C C L S – cannot be added to your signature until you write (and pass) the certification examination.


…how do you get to write the exam?


I. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university must be completed before the date you will be writing your exam.

II. Course Work
Applicants must graduate from a ACLP-recognized Child Life program OR complete the following 10 courses during undergrad.
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For important information on these subjects, make sure to carefully review this PDF document from the ACLP.

III. Clinical Child Life Experience
All applicants must complete a minimum of 600 hours under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist.

Then what…

Upon completion of the three main components, you are eligible to sit for the Child Life Certifying Examination.

In order to register for the exam, you must ensure that your eligibility assessment is complete (which you should have begun when applying to internships).

Following this you can submit a request to sit for the exam to the ACLP, who will provide you with further instructions.

*For the most up-to-date information on the exam content, click here.

Certification FAQ’s – ACLP