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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 six hospice and palliative certification exams for advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, pediatric hospice and palliative nurses, licensed/vocational nurses, nursing assistants, and social workers. We also maintain the certified hospice and palliative care administrator and the certified in perinatal loss care credentials. Nearly 14,500 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.

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Maintained Through Recertification

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Testing Windows and Deadlines

For exams March 1 – 31
  • December 1 – Application Start Date
  • January 15 – Paper Application Deadline
  • February 15 – Online Application Deadline
For exams June 1 – 30
  • March 1 – Application Start Date
  • April 15 – Paper Application Deadline
  • May 15 – Online Application Deadline
For exams September 1 – 30
  • June 1 – Application Start Date
  • July 15 – Paper Application Deadline
  • August 15 – Online Application Deadline
For exams December 1 – 31
  • September 1 – Application Start Date
  • October 15 – Paper Application Deadline
  • November 15 – Online Application Deadline

reTEST Assured Program

Taking an examination can be stressful, and while the majority of our candidates are successful on the first try, some are not. To relieve a bit of stress, HPCC has implemented the reTEST Assured Program, which offers any candidate who was unsuccessful, the opportunity to retake an exam for $125. The reTEST Assured Program must be used in one of the three test windows immediately following the exam window in which the candidate was unsuccessful. Learn more here or send your questions to hpcc@gohpcc.org.


The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF) provides scholarships to nurses nationwide to cover the cost of certification fees and are valid for those earning a new Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) certification or those who are renewing their current HPCC certification. HPNF accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

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.