Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPLN) Recertification

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPLN®) examination is designed for experienced hospice and palliative licensed practical/vocational nurses. To be eligible, the applicant must fulfill the following requirements by the application date. 


Attention active CHPLN and CHPNA certificants completing an application for recertification: If you are not currently a member of HPNA, please contact the HPCC national office to obtain important information regarding your certification before completing your exam application for recertification. Please email [email protected] or call 412-787-1057 and a staff member will assist you within 1 business day. We hope to hear from you soon!

As a reminder, the online application deadline for the March 2022 testing window has been extended to February 28, 2022 and paper applications will be accepted by February 15, 2022. The paper application can be found in the candidate handbook of the exam you plan to take. Thank you for your patience. 

Recertification Overview


CHPLN Recertification

HPCC currently offers two options for CHPLN recertification. A CHPLN can renew their certification by fulfilling practice hour requirements and sitting for the computer-based exam again or they can renew through the recertification process known as the Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR). Refer to the CHPLN Candidate Handbook for exam information.

Visit the CHPLN certification page for information on recertification by examination.  

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. Each activity MUST correlate with the test content outline. More details and instructions are in the HPAR packet for CHPLN.


CHPLN® Certification Renewal:   $320  ($205 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] for consideration. All requests will be reviewed within three weeks of submission.

Financial Hardship Application  


Online Submission of HPAR via LearningBuilder

HPAR applications for CHPLN recertification can now 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 Guide and the CHPLN HPAR packet. Paper applications for HPAR will still be accepted now through December 2019, but all HPAR submissions after that date will be done online. If you have any questions, please contact the national office at 412-787-1057 or via email at [email protected].

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 CHPLN renewal is from the day your certification begins 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 to take advantage of early-bird pricing. If you collect points and/or submit your application during the 2 months prior to your certification expiration date, you will be assessed the standard recertification fee. If you do not submit your HPAR application, your CHPLN certification will expire on the expiration date. If your certification expires, you may be eligible for reactivation of your expired credential. Refer to CHPLN HPAR instructions or contact the national office at 412-787-1057 or via email at [email protected].

Sandra Lee Schafer 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. 

Learn More   

CHPLN® Recertification Documents

Click here for the CHPLN HPAR packet
HPAR Quick Guide & FAQ

LearningBuilder Guide
Certificate Printing Guide (PDF)    
Certificate Printing Guide (Video)
Certificate Purchasing Guide (PDF) 
Certificate Purchasing Guide (Video) 

Blog Examples for HPAR

Click here to view a brief informational slideshow on HPAR
List of Free Courses Available for HPAR Points

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