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.

So…

…how do you get to write the exam?

Well, there are some major changes happening to the child life certification requirements, so…have patience, and read. Feel free to message me with any questions!!

WRITING BEFORE 2019

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

II. Course Work
Course work can fall into 3 categories which are more thoroughly outlined here

III. Clinical Child Life Experience
All applicants must complete a minimum of 480 hours under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. These hours are to be completed through an internship only – volunteer hours do not count toward clinical experience. 

WRITING AFTER JANUARY 2019, BEFORE 2022

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. For more information on the changes to the coursework requirements, please click here.
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III. Clinical Child Life Experience
All applicants must complete a minimum of 600 hours under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist.

WRITING AFTER JANUARY 2022, BEFORE 2025

I. Master’s Degree in Child Life OR a Master’s Program with a Concentration in Child Life from a ACLP-Accredited Program
Program changes are happening constantly. For a list of schools that offer child life degree programs at all levels, click here.

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

WRITING AFTER JANUARY 2025

I. Master’s Degree in Child Life from a ACLP-Accredited Program 

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

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