Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPLN®)

Beginning on January 1, 2018, the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center will no longer offer this certification by examination. 

Recertification of this credential will still be available using the Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR) process, as listed under the CHPLN® Recertification tab.


The Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (CHPLN®) examination was designed for experienced hospice and palliative licensed practical/vocational nurses. Inital applicants held a current, unrestricted practical/vocational nursing license in the United States or its territories, and had 500 hours of experience in 12 months or 1,000 hours in 24 months leading up to their initial certification.

Certification validates an individual’s competence and knowledge in the specialized area of hospice and palliative care.  Certification is highly valued and provides formal recognition of having achieved a standard of knowledge in the specialty of hospice and palliative care.  Research studies confirm the value placed on certification. www.nursingcertification.org/research-bibliography.html

Certified individuals have achieved formal recognition of their knowledge, experience and confidence.  HPCC certification provides benefits and advantages for continued personal and professional growth.

How is Hospice and Palliative Nursing Practice Defined?

Hospice and palliative nursing practice is the provision of nursing care for the patient and family, with emphasis on their physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs when experiencing a life-limiting illness and through bereavement. This is accomplished in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team in a setting which provides pain and symptom management, family support and 24-hour nursing availability.

About Us

The Hospice and Palliative Certification Center is a competence-based Board comprised of a minimum of seven voting directors and a maximum of two non-voting ex officio directors. Board members represent a wide variety of geographic areas, practice settings, and educational backgrounds. HPCC is responsible for the development and oversight of certification for the specialty of nursing in hospice and palliative care.

For more information, contact the national office at hpcc@goHPCC.org or call 412-787-1057.

HPCC offers one option for CHPLN® recertification, by using a process known as the Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR).

The HPAR process requires fulfilling practice hour requirements and the accumulation of 100 points of professional development activities over the preceding four years. Points can be accrued through continuing education, academic education, professional publications, professional presentations, precepting students, orienting staff, and volunteer service in professional organizations. Each area varies as to how the points are calculated and how many of the total points can be obtained by that method. More details and instructions are in the HPAR packet for CHPLN®.

The packet is updated yearly. Be sure that you are using the current HPAR packet for CHPLN® (dated in the bottom left corner) which corresponds to the year that your recertification is due. The packet contains the instructions, test content outline, application, category logs, and summary log with fee structure and deadlines.

Click here for the CHPLN® HPAR packet.

PowerPoint Instructions for HPAR

If you have any questions please contact the national office at 412-787-1057 or via email at hpcc@gohpcc.org.

Click here to download the HPAR FAQs.

Click here to view a brief informational slideshow on HPAR.

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