Certified in Perinatal Loss Care (CPLC) Recertification

The Certified in Perinatal Loss Care (CPLC®) examination was designed for professionals in a health care role that provide to those experiencing perinatal loss. To be eligible, the applicant must fulfill the following requirements by the application deadline.

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

CPLC Recertification

HPCC currently offers two options for CPLC recertification. A CPLC 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). 

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 CPLC.

Online Submission of HPAR via LearningBuilder

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

Prepare to Take an HPCC Examination
Click here for the CPLC HPAR Packet
LearningBuilder Guide  
Download the HPAR FAQs for CPLC
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