The process of becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) will depend on when you intend to take your certifying exam and includes degree, course work and clinical experience requirements. Candidates for certification must have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree with an educational emphasis on human growth and development or a related field of study and completed a supervised clinical internship in order to sit for the certifying examination. They adhere to a code of ethics and standards established by the Association of Child Life Professionals, a professional organization which also administers the rigorous process for obtaining the CCLS credential. All Certified Child Life Specialists must adhere to standards for continuing professional development in order to maintain their certification.

For more information on the child life profession, please visit the Association of Child Life Professionals at