Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse 

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.

 

To be eligible for the HPCC CHPN® Examination, an applicant must hold a current, unrestricted registered nurse license in the United States, its territories, or the equivalent in Canada and must also have hospice and palliative nursing practice of 500 hours in the most recent 12 months or 1,000 hours in the most recent 24 months prior to applying for the examination. 

The development of all certification examinations begin with a Role Delineation Study (RDS), where through the link you can find out more information.

Specifics related to the eligibility criteria for each exam are provided in the candidate handbook. These MUST be reviewed prior to completing an application. 

Fees

CHPN® Initial Certification:  $415  ($295 for HPNA members)
CHPN® Certification Renewal:   $380  ($260 for HPNA members) 

Online Exam Application

The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center has partnered with the testing service PSI to offer this online exam application process listed below.  Paper applications are also available and are located in each candidate handbook.  Applicants MUST submit a paper application if requesting special testing accommodations (ADA related).
    
Applicant must be prepared to provide:
  • HPNA membership number to determine eligibility for membership discount (if applicable)
  • Choice of test assessment center if scheduling appointment online. Test locations are the same for all exams.
  • Credit card information (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)
Applicant provides personal data and choice of specialty exam on application form housed on a secure PSI website (Please provide your HOME address on your online application as ADDRESS 1) by the online application deadline date.
 
Applicant receives notice of fee validation for selected exam which is based upon current membership status in HPNA. Applicants must have their HPNA membership number in order to receive a member discount. If an application for a new HPNA membership has been made the same day as an application for a certification exam, the non-member exam fee will display, and the applicant must agree to pay the non-member fee to complete the exam application process. 
 

Applicant reviews information and agrees. Applicant completes process of applying for the next scheduled certification exam which includes provision of credit card information for billing at time of application.  The applicant will receive online verification of application receipt from the testing company, PSI.    

The current online application is for the upcoming certification exam window only, and the application must be received by the testing company on or before 11:59pm Central Time on the exam deadline date.  For clarification of any specific concerns or questions, contact the HPCC national office via email at hpcc@goHPCC.org or by phone at 412-787-1057.  

For technical assistance with online applications, please contact PSI at 833-256-1422.

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Begin Online Exam Application

Testing Centers

Test site locations for computer-based certification testing are determined and available through the testing vendor, PSI, Inc. (PSI). These locations are subject to change. Locations are the same for all HPCC certification exams.

For a direct link to the PSI, Inc. testing locations page, click PSI Testing Locations


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. For more information on recertification, visit the CHPN® Recertification  page.

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