Online Exam Application

Welcome to the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Specialty
Online Exam Application Introduction

The HPCC Board of Directors and Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP), the testing service, offer an online application process for the:

  • APRN Certification Exam (initial certification)
  • RN Certification Exam (initial certification)
  • Pediatric RN Certification Exam (initial certification)
  • Nursing Assistant Certification Exam (initial certification OR renewal of credential)
  • Perinatal Loss Care Certification Exam (initial certification)

Notice to all APRNs applying for initial certification: The APRN applying for the Hospice and Palliative Advanced Practice Certification Exam must mail their transcripts for initial certification to AMP with their paper application or following completion of the online application. If you are an APRN applying for recertification you must submit the ACHPN HPAR application.

Specifics related to the eligibility criteria for each exam are provided in the Candidate Handbook/Applications. Candidate Handbooks/Applications MUST be reviewed prior to completing an application. Each exam has a separate Candidate Handbook.

Applicant MUST submit a PAPER application to AMP for processing if you are requesting special testing accommodations (ADA related)

The paper application can be found in the appropriate Candidate Handbook/Application.

The online application process is as follows:

    • Applicant MUST be prepared to provide:
        • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) membership number to determine eligibility for membership discount (if applicable)
        • HPCC certification number for candidates renewing the credential
        • Choice of test assessment center if scheduling appointment online per the AMP website (test locations are the same for all exams)
        • Credit card information (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)
    • Applicant provides personal data and choice of specialty exam on application form housed on a secure AMP website (Please provide your HOME address on your online application as ADDRESS 1)
    • Applicant receives notice of fee validation for selected exam which is based upon:
        • Current hospice and palliative certification in the exam level selected
        • Current membership status in the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). (Applicant must have their HPNA membership number in order to receive membership discount. If application for a new HPNA membership has been made the same day as application for the certification exam, the non-member exam fee will display and the exam applicant must agree to pay that non-member fee to complete the exam application process).
    • Applicant reviews information and agrees. Applicant completes process of applying for the next scheduled certification exam which includes provision of credit card information for billing at time of application.  The applicant will receive online verification of application receipt from the testing company, Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP).
    • Applicant contacts the HPCC national office via email or by phone at (412) 787-1057 for clarification of specific concern.  Email with any questions.


The application must be received by the testing company on or before 11:59 PM Central Time on the exam deadline date.

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