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Child Life Specialist Qualifications

To become a Child Life Specialist, the following qualification should be met:  


We follow the requirements of the Association of Child Life Professionals. Please visit their website for more information.  


Completion of a 600-hour internship in a pediatric setting under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. Experience with children and families in a non-health care environment.  

The following clinical skills:

  • Knowledge of behavior and development
  • Leadership
  • Good communication
  • Knowledge and understanding of group dynamics and its principles
  • Ability to organize
  • Ability to play

Personal Qualities

  • Sensitivity
  • Ability to listen and work closely with adults and children
  • Self-awareness
  • Creative expression
  • Spontaneity
  • Independence
  • Flexibility