Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN) Recertification

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

Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification

Recertification for the CHPPN certificant is through Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR), which requires fulfilling practice hour requirements and accumulating 100 points over the preceding four years through various professional development activities. Points can be accrued through continuing education, academic education, professional publications, professional presentations, precepting students, orienting staff, and volunteer service in professional organizations. Each category varies as to how the points are calculated and how many of the total points can be obtained, but each activity MUST correlate with the test content outline as published in the CHPPN candidate handbook.

Online Submission of HPAR via LearningBuilder

HPAR applications for CHPPN 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 CHPPN 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 hpcc@gohpcc.org.

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 CHPPN 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 CHPPN certification will expire on the expiration date. If your certification expires you may be eligible for reactivation of your expired credential. Refer to CHPPN HPAR instructions or contact the national office at 412-787-1057 or via email at hpcc@gohpcc.org.

Click here for the CHPPN HPAR packet
LearningBuilder Guide
Download the HPAR FAQs for CHPPN 
Click here to view an 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