Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse 

Beginning on January 1, 2018, the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center discontinued offering this certification by examination.  Recertification of this credential will still be available using the Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR) process, as listed below.

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (CHPLN®) examination was designed for experienced hospice and palliative licensed practical/vocational nurses. Initial 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. 


CHPLN® Certification Renewal:   $320  ($225 for HPNA members)  

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Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification

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

Click here for the CHPLN® HPAR packet
PowerPoint Instructions for HPAR
Download the CHPLN® HPAR FAQs
Click here to view a brief informational slideshow on HPAR

Certification Verification Tool

This is a free resource created to assist those looking to verify a professional's HPCC certification status. Names of individuals currently certified by HPCC are available through the link below.

Certification Verification