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 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
. For assistance, contact PSI directly by phone at 913-895-4828 or by email at [email protected]
ACHPN® Certification Renewal: $430 ($310 for HPNA members)
If you have experienced a furlough, significant decrease in work hours, significant pay reduction, or loss of employment or similar circumstances, you may request a modification of fees by submitting a financial hardship application along with all required, supporting documents to [email protected]
Financial Hardship Application
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 Next Generation Learning Plan for Recertification
All online courses completed through HPNA University and the POLARIS modules will automatically sync with your learning plan, eliminating the need for you to manually enter course details. Within an hour of completing an HPNA online course, your information will appear in LearningBuilder, saving you valuable time.
Automatic syncing is not retroactive, and online courses completed before October 13, 2020, will need to be manually entered into your learning plan. We hope that the new automatic syncing feature will be easy to use, save you time, and be more convenient for all certificants working through the recertification process.
Information to note:
Check your learning plan to be sure no information has been duplicated, which could result in a discrepancy in the number of HPAR points you have.
Online courses outside of HPNA will still need to be manually entered into your learning plan.
Certification review courses through HPNA will not automatically sync.
Reporting Period for HPAR
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. 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 [email protected]
Sandra Lee Shafer Certification Scholarships
These scholarships cover the cost of certification fees for eligible individuals and are valid for those earning a new Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center certification or those who are renewing their current HPCC certification. Individuals can apply for the scholarships before or after taking the exam. The scholarships are competitive and individuals are selected from the applicant pool by the HPNF Awards Committee and approved by The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation board members.