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Child Life Professional Certification Exam Study Guide

With Child life certification the Child Life Certifying Committee grants a time-limited recognition and use of the Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) credential, after the candidate has met predetermined and standardized criteria.


In order to be eligible to sit in the child life certification examination one has to possess following attributes:

He must have a bachelors or master's degree in area of human growth and development, education, psychology, or counseling. An internship program may also required. An applicant must have completed a total of 10 college-level courses in child life or a related department/subject. The applicant 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. 

Test Format

This test is taken twice a year and usually contains multiple choice questions. The questions on the test require the test taker to exhibit a range of knowledge with respect to child development processes and to apply theories of child development to practical challenges often faced by children and families. Candidates who successfully pass the test and meet all other eligibility requirements will receive a certificate valid for a five-year period before recertification is required.


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