Certification

COVID-19 Update
HPCC's testing vendor, PSI, has been focused on the re-opening of its testing sites on May 1, 2020.  PSI's test sites will be opened where city, state, and county jurisdictions will allow moving forward after this date.  The health of our candidates and employees continues to be our top priority.  HPCC realizes its testing candidates will have questions regarding PSI's procedures to ensure employee and candidate's safety as testing centers re-open.  To assist in answering these questions, PSI has created a frequently asked questions document which can be found at http://www.psionline.com/wp-content/uploads/psi-services-covid-19-faqs.pdf.  HPCC encourages all candidates to review this document before scheduled exams.  As questions are asked that are not included on this FAQ, HPCC and PSI will be updating it to ensure we are being responsive to questions and concerns.  If you should have additional questions, candidates can contact PSI at 833-256-1422.  We would be happy to assist you. 


One way for hospice and palliative care professionals to recognize our expertise is through certification. This involves a process that validates and evaluates one’s expertise in a specialty area. While licensure assures minimal competency to practice in a field, certification indicates mastery of a defined body of knowledge. 

The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) offers specialty certification to hospice and palliative nurses, and other members of the interdisciplinary team.  We currently offer five hospice and palliative certification exams for advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, pediatric palliative nurses, nursing assistants, and those dealing with perinatal loss.  We also maintain two other hospice and palliative credentials for licensed practical/vocational nurses and administrators. Over 15,500 health care professionals hold HPCC credentials that establish a professional commitment to safe, ethical, and evidence-based care. Find out more about our credentials below. 



Why Certification?
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Our Credentials


The Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN®) examination is designed for experienced hospice and palliative advanced practice registered nurses.

APRN

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN®) examination is designed for experienced registered nurses.

RN

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN®) examination is designed for experienced hospice and palliative pediatric registered nurses.

Pediatric

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant (CHPNA®) examination is designed for experienced hospice and palliative nursing assistants.

NA

The Certified in Perinatal Loss Care (CPLC®) examination is designed for professionals in a health care role that provide to those experiencing perinatal loss.

Perinatal


Maintained Through Recertification



Those currently holding the Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPLN®) credential can maintain it through recertification.

LP/VN



Those currently holding the Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator (CHPCA®) credential can maintain it through recertification.

Admin

 

Testing Windows and Deadlines

March 1 - 31

  • December 1 - Application Start Date
  • January 15 - Paper Application Deadline
  • February 15 - Online Application Deadline

June 1 - July 31

  • March 1 - Application Start Date
  • April 15 - Paper Application Deadline
  • May 31 - Online Application Deadline

September 1 - October 31

  • June 1 - Application Start Date
  • July 15 - Paper Application Deadline
  • August 15 - Online Application Deadline

December 1 - 30

  • September 1 - Application Start Date
  • October 15 - Paper Application Deadline
  • November 15 - Online Application Deadline
Each certification examination is administered by appointment only Monday through Friday. Appointment starting times may vary by location. Evening and Saturday appointments may be scheduled based on availability.  Candidates are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. The examination is not offered on holidays during the offered windows (Labor Day, December 24-26, and New Year's Eve). All applications are processed for the corresponding testing windows only.   

2019 Examination Statistics

Click the button below to view the 2019 pass/fail rates for each examination, 2019 HPAR recertification results, and the total number of certificants per credential. 

2019 Examination Statistics

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