Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant (CHPNA®) examination was designed for experienced hospice and palliative nursing assistants. To be eligible, the applicant must fulfill the following requirements by the application deadline.

For the HPCC CHPNA® Examination, an applicant must have hospice and palliative nursing assistant practice of 500 hours in the most recent 12 months or 1,000 hours in the most recent 24 months under the supervision of a registered nurse in the United States prior to applying for the exam.

The development of all certification examinations begin with a Role Delineation Study (RDS), where through the link you can find out more information.

Specifics related to the eligibility criteria for each exam are provided in the candidate handbook. These MUST be reviewed prior to completing an application. 

Fees

CHPNA® Initial Certification:        $225  ($185 for HPNA members)
CHPNA® Certification Renewal:   $200  ($170 for HPNA members)

Online Exam Application

The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center has partnered with the testing service PSI/Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) to offer this online exam application process listed below.  Paper applications are also available, and are located in each candidate handbook.  Applicants MUST submit a paper application if requesting special testing accommodations (ADA related).
    
Applicant must be prepared to provide:
  • 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. 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)y the online application deadline date. Any application without transcripts will be considered incomplete and you will not be able to schedule your exam. 
 
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 HPNA. Applicants must have their HPNA membership number in order to receive a member discount. If an application for a new HPNA membership has been made the same day as an application for a certification exam, the non-member exam fee will display and the applicant must agree to pay the 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, PSI/AMP.    

The current online application is for the upcoming certification exam window only, and the application must be received by the testing company on or before 11:59pm Central Time on the exam deadline date.  For clarification of any specific concerns or questions, contact the HPCC national office via email at hpcc@goHPCC.org or by phone at 412-787-1057.  

Begin Online Exam Application

Testing Centers

Test site locations for computer-based certification testing are determined and available through the testing vendor, PS, Inc. These locations are subject to change. Locations are the same for all HPCC certification exams.

For a direct link to the PSI, Inc. testing locations page, click PSI Testing Locations


CHPNA® Recertification

The CHPNA® certification is valid for a four year period.  In order to renew, the certificant must sit for and pass the computer based exam again prior to the expiration date of their current certification. The Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR) process is not available for this credential.  Refer to CHPNA® Candidate Handbook for exam information.