Certified in Perinatal Loss Care 

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.

This exam is designed for professionals working in a healthcare role that provides care to individuals experiencing perinatal loss that covers the content in the test content outline. Candidates applying for the CPLC® examination must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a professional degree and appropriate current, unrestrictive license in the United States or its territories a registered nurse, physician, psychologist, counselor, child life specialist, social worker, or chaplain. 
  • Have evidence of work in their profession and the area of perinatal loss care and/or bereavement support for a minimum of 2 years within the past 3 years.

The development of all certification examinations begins 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. 


CPLC® Initial Certification:        $415  ($295 for HPNA members) 
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] for consideration. All requests will be reviewed within three weeks of submission.

Financial Hardship Application  

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)
  • HPCC certification number for candidates renewing the credential
  • 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 hospice and palliative certification in the exam level selected
  • 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 [email protected] or by phone at 412-787-1057. 

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

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

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. 

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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). Refer to the CPLC® Candidate Handbook for exam information. For more information on recertification, visit the CPLC® 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

Certificate Printing & Purchasing

Printing your HPCC Certificate has never been easier! Instead of waiting for your certificate to arrive in the mail, all you have to do is log in to LearningBuilder, download your official certificate, and print! In addition to your certificate, you can download verification letters as well as important certification documents. If you'd still like a professionally printed certificate mailed to you, you can pay a $25 fee and have your certificate in your mailbox in about 60 days. For more information about how to print or purchase your certificate, follow the PDF or video guides below.

Certificate Printing Guide (PDF)    
Certificate Printing Guide (Video)
Certificate Purchasing Guide (PDF) 
Certificate Purchasing Guide (Video)