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 computer-based exam will be available as an option until December 31, 2021.
Visit the CPLC 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 CPLC.
CPLC® Certification Renewal: $380 ($260 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]
Financial Hardship Application
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 [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 CPLC renewal is your certification begin date 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. 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 [email protected]
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.
CPLC® Recertification Documents
Click here for the CPLC HPAR Packet
HPAR Quick Guide & FAQ
Certificate Printing Guide (PDF)
Certificate Purchasing Guide (PDF)
Blog Examples for HPAR
Click here to view a brief informational slideshow on HPAR
List of Free Courses Available for HPAR Points