Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) Recertification

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN®) examination was designed for experienced hospice and palliative registered nurses. To be eligible, the applicant must fulfill the following requirements by the application deadline.


Recertification Overview

Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification

Recertification for the CHPN 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 CHPN Candidate Handbook.

The SJE is a required component of the CHPN 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 CHPN 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 CHPN SJE Guide .

The SJE is available through PSI/AMP, and you may need to create a password for the site at no charge to purchase the SJE.  Follow the link to Create a PSI/AMP Login and Password. After creating your account, please DO NOT follow the email links from PSI/AMP. 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.

Online Submission of HPAR via LearningBuilder

HPAR applications for CHPN 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   and the CHPN HPAR packet .

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 CHPN renewal is your certification begin date through the time that you submit your application. The submission period is 10 months long.  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 CHPN certification will expire on the expiration date. If your certification expires you may be eligible for reactivation of your expired credential. Refer to CHPN HPAR instructions or download the HPAR FAQs . If you have any questions, please contact the national office at 412-787-1057 or via email at hpcc@gohpcc.org

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