Recertification 

After achieving a passing score, an individual is certified for a period of four years. Renewal of certification before its expiration may be done either by retesting or by participating in the Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR) process.  

Recertification Overview

Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification

Recertification for the ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN, CPLC, and CHPCA certificant is done 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 Candidate Handbooks.

The SJE is a required component of the 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 ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN, CPLC, and CHPCA 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.

The SJE is available through PSI, 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 Login and Password. After creating your account, please DO NOT follow the email links from PSI. 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 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. 

The Next Generation Learning Plan for Recertification

HPCC is proud to announce The Next Generation Learning Plan for Recertification. Beginning October 13, 2020, 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. Our hope is 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 renewal is the date your certification begins 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 certification will expire on the expiration date. If your certification expires you may be eligible for reactivation of your expired credential. 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