The Value of the Certification Credential in Child Life Services
CACLL endorses the ACLP certification
“Child life certification fosters uniform and
improved standards of practice and ethical conduct
while it enhances the status and credibility of the
profession. It validates professional knowledge and
provides a sense of professional pride and achievement.
In addition, child life certification provides a mechanism
to protect the general public from untrained individuals
entering a therapeutic relationship with children
Child Life Professional Certification
Through the Child Life Professional Certification
Examination, individuals may pursue achieving the
CCLS – a professional designation for child
life specialists. The requirements for certification
are based on academic and internship experience and
successful completion of an examination process.
Established in 1986, the CCLS credential was developed
to increase the proficiency of child life professionals
by identifying a body of knowledge; establishing a
level of knowledge and performance necessary for certification;
and increasing the value of practitioners to their
The Child Life Certifying Committee (CLCC) governs the program and includes representatives from various child life settings. The CLCC seeks to represent the diversity that exists within the profession and serve as a voice for stakeholders who have an interest in maintaining high standards in child life.
CLCC Code of Professional Practice
For questions regarding the certification process, please refer to the Association of Child Life Professionals website www.childlife.org/Certification or contact [email protected].
Child life Internships may be available for students currently attending accredited educational institutions who hold affiliated agreements with corresponding health care centres. CLICK HERE
to see a list of Health Centres in Canada who offer child life internships to eligible applicants (PDF).