Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse 

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN®) examination was designed for experienced hospice and palliative pediatric registered nurses. To be eligible, the applicant must fulfill the following requirements by the application deadline.

To be eligible for the HPCC CHPPN® examination, an applicant must hold a current, unrestricted registered nurse license in the United States, its territories, or the equivalent in Canada. They also must have hospice and palliative pediatric 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

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

Online Exam Application

The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center has partnered with the testing service PSI/Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) 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 AMP website (Please provide your HOME address on your online application as ADDRESS 1)y the online application deadline date. Any application without transcripts will be considered incomplete and you will not be able to schedule your exam. 
 
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/AMP.    

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.  

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 testing locations page, click PSI Testing Locations


Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification

Recertification for the CHPPN® certificant is through Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR), which requires fulfilling practice hour requirements and accumulating 100 points over the preceding four years through various professional development activities. Points can be accrued through continuing education, academic education, professional publications, professional presentations, precepting students, orienting staff, and volunteer service in professional organizations. Each category varies as to how the points are calculated and how many of the total points can be obtained, but each activity MUST correlate with the test content outline as published in the CHPPN® candidate handbook.

The HPAR packets are updated yearly, so be sure that using the current packet for CHPPN® (dated in the bottom left corner) which corresponds to the year that your recertification is due. The packet contains the instructions, test content outline, application, category logs, and summary log with fee structure and deadlines. Those renewing their CHPPN® credential should use these packets as their guide, and not use the online HPAR options for ACHPN® and CHPN®. If you have any questions please contact the national office at 412-787-1057 or via email at hpcc@gohpcc.org.

Click here for the CHPPN® HPAR packet
Instructions for the CHPPN® HPAR  
Download the HPAR FAQs for CHPPN®
Click here to view an informational slideshow on HPAR

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