Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification
Recertification for the ACHPN certificant is through Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR), which requires fulfilling practice hour requirements, accumulating required points through various professional development activities, and completing the Situational Judgment Exercise (SJE). Each category varies as to how the points are calculated and how many of the total points can be obtained. Each activity MUST correlate with the test content outline as published in the ACHPN Candidate Handbook.
The SJE is a required component of the ACHPN recertification process. It uses a series of case-based scenarios to test critical reasoning and clinical application of content beyond the level of the initial certification exam. The SJE provides an in-depth assessment of the approach taken by the ACHPN to handle the complexity of real-life clinical situations. In addition to assessment and treatment decision making, it also tests on ethical and professional topics including team building, communication, public policy and research. For more details, please download the ACHPN SJE Guide
The SJE is available through PSI, and you may need to create a password for the site at no charge to purchase the SJE. Follow the link to Create a PSI Login and Password
. After creating your account, please DO NOT follow the email links from PSI. Follow the link below, enter your HPCC certification number, and submit. Do not log in. Click “Add to Cart” first. Click here to purchase SJE
Online Submission of HPAR via LearningBuilder
HPAR applications for ACHPN recertification must be submitted online through LearningBuilder software. This option was developed to be user friendly and to allow candidates to submit their application in a timely fashion with ease and use of modern technology. Click here for the LearningBuilder Quick Start guide
or the ACHPN HPAR packet .
The reporting period for HPAR points is also known as the ‘accrual period’. The reporting period in which you can earn points for ACHPN renewal is your certification begin date through the time that you submit your application. The submission period is 10 months long. You may submit your HPAR application beginning 12 months before your expiration date, up to 2 months before your expiration date. If you collect points and/or submit your application during the extended deadline period (during the 2 months prior to your certification expiration date), an additional application fee will be assessed. If you do not submit your HPAR application, your ACHPN certification will expire on the expiration date. If your certification expires you may be eligible for reactivation of your expired credential. Refer to ACHPN HPAR instructions or the HPAR FAQs
. If you have any questions please contact the national office at 412-787-1057 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to view a brief informational slideshow on HPAR.