How Do I Become a Child Life Specialist (CCLS)?
PLEASE VISIT www.childlife.org FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHILD LIFE PROFESSION AND OUR PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION, THE CHILD LIFE COUNCIL.
PLEASE VISIT www.childlife.org/Certification/Getting%20Certified/index.cfm TO FIND HOW TO BECOME A CERTIFIED CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST AND TO ASSESS YOUR ELIGIBILITY.
From the Child Life Council website:
The Child Life Certification Program is a rigorous, examination-based professional certification credential. The requirements for getting certified are based on academic and clinical experiences, and successful completion of the Certification Examination. We recommend that all child life professionals interested in becoming certified start by downloading the Candidate Manual, a detailed, printer-friendly document that provides a comprehensive overview of the certification process from start to finish, along with instructions for establishing eligibility and applying for the exam.
Current Eligibility Requirements - Overview
In order to establish eligibility for the exam, candidates must meet three main requirements prior to the exam application deadline. The three eligibility requirements are:
Minimum of Baccalaureate Degree
Applicants must have either completed a bachelor’s degree, or be in the final semester of study for that degree.
Applicants must have completed a total of 10 college-level courses in child life or a related department/subject. Note: All applicants for the fall 2013 and subsequent exams will be required to successfully complete a minimum of one child life course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist as part of this requirement.
Clinical Child Life Experience
Applicants must complete a minimum of 480 hours of child life clinical experience under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist who meets specific qualifications.
For more information, please refer to the comprehensive section on Eligibility Requirements and Eligibility FAQs.
Course Work Review
If, after reviewing the eligibility requirements, you are unsure if the course work on your transcript will be accepted to establish eligibility for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination, you have the option to request a course work review. Learn More about Course Work Reviews
Child Life Education Opportunities available in Canada:
- McMaster University (Child Life Studies Post-Graduate Diploma Program)
- University of Victoria (Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care)
- University of the Fraser Valley (Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education/Child and Youth Care with a specialization in child life), whose programs offer direct child life studies
- Cambrian College, Sudbury, ON (Advanced diploma in Child and Youth Care Post Graduate Child Life concentration)
- Vancouver Island University
- Douglas College
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).