Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant (CHPNA) Recertification

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.

Recertification Overview  

CHPNA® Recertification

The CHPNA® certification is valid for four years.  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.

Visit the CHPNA certification page for additional information on recertification by examination. 


CHPNA® Certification Renewal:   $200  ($170 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  

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. 

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CHPNA® Documents

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

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