Item Writer Workshops

Secrets of Competency Testing - Writing Items for Hospice and Palliative Certification Exams

With expert assistance from PSI/Applied Measurement Professionals, HPCC offers a unique opportunity for health care professionals involved in the care of patients and families facing life limiting illnesses (APRN, RN, Pediatric RN, NA, Perinatal Loss Care professional) to make a direct contribution to developing the certification examinations. Individuals who have a strong knowledge base in hospice and palliative care are welcome. Expertise in item writing or test development is not required. Certification is also not a requirement for the workshop, but those who current hold certification may be eligible to apply for membership on an HPCC Exam Development Committee, and attendance in an Item Writers Workshop would be helpful.

The workshop is offered as a two-part course; the first part must be done online, the second part is a live webinar.

To apply, complete the online course including post-test and evaluation. Links to access those courses are listed below.  For the live webinar, you must submit a sample item using this Item Submission Form and email it to  Our staff will email you an application to complete and submit. Applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the webinar. The next webinar is scheduled for:
  • Coming soon in 2020
The HPCC national office will review your application, and you will receive confirmation of your acceptance by email within one week. A week before the live webinar, you will receive the necessary information to participate in the interactive live meeting. This requires a telephone and access to a computer.

  • There is no fee for the workshop
  • The two online courses take an hour each, while the third live webinar course takes 1.5 hours
  • You must complete the live webinar within a year after you complete the first two online courses.

Accessing the Online Course

  • The online course is located in HPNA University. Login or register (if this is your first time) to access the course.
  • Click here to access the online Item Writer Workshop course.