Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty Certification (APBCC-HPC)

SCA offers a Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty for Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplains. An APBCC-HPC chaplain has demonstrated not only the advanced skills in the provision of and leadership in spiritual and chaplaincy care required of an advanced practice chaplain (APBCC), but has also successfully completed a standardized test of core knowledge in hospice and palliative care. The APBCC-HPC specialty certification recognizes the unique skills, advanced education and the specialized expertise of hospice and palliative care chaplains.


If you are interested in the APBCC-HPC specialty certification, please follow the following steps:


For brand new candidates interested in APBCC-HPC:

  • Follow the current APBCC requirements.
  • You will need to successfully pass the APBCC-HPC version of the Standardized Clinical Knowledge Test.
  • You will need to successfully pass the Standardized Patient Exam through a Simulated Patient Encounter.
  • You must document 45 hours of hospice/palliative care training. SCA’s online Palliative Care Courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • You must document 2,000 working hours in palliative care/hospice services over no more than 3 years.
  • To apply, begin an APBCC application.

For current Credentialed Chaplains (CC) interested in APBCC-HPC:

  • Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject line: APBCC-HPC, and include the following:
    • Submit official documentation of completion of a Master’s degree of at least 30 credits from a CHEA accredited (or international equivalent) institution in a content area relevant to chaplaincy.
    • Submit official documentation of 1 more unit of CPE (or 400 clinical training hours).
    • Submit documentation of 45 hours of hospice/palliative care training. SCA Palliative Care Courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.
    • Submit documentation of 2,000 working hours in palliative care/hospice services over no more than 3 years.
    • You will then need to successfully pass the APBCC-HPC version of the Standardized Clinical Knowledge Test.
    • Cost: $175.
  • You will then need to successfully pass the Standardized Patient Exam through a Simulated Patient Encounter.

For current Board Certified Chaplains (BCC) interested in APBCC-HPC:

  • Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject line: APBCC-HPC, and include the following:
    • Submit documentation of 45 hours of hospice/palliative care training. SCA Palliative Care Courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.
    • Submit documentation of 2,000 working hours in palliative care/hospice services over no more than 3 years.
  • You will then need to successfully pass the APBCC-HPC version of the Standardized Clinical Knowledge Test.
  • Cost: $75 or $100 (depending on whether you need to take the Patient Exam)
  • If you did not take the Standardized Patient Exam as part your board certification process with SCA, you will also need to successfully pass this exam.

For current Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplains (APBCC) interested in APBCC-HPC:

  • Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject line: APBCC-HPC, and include the following:
    • Submit documentation of 45 hours of hospice/palliative care training. SCA Palliative Care Courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.
    • Submit documentation of 2,000 working hours in palliative care/hospice services over no more than 3 years.
  • You will then need to successfully pass the APBCC-HPC version of the Standardized Clinical Knowledge Test.
  • Cost: $75

About the APBCC-HPC Standardized Clinical Knowledge Test

In addition to the content areas covered in the APBCC test, the APBCC-HPC test includes an increased focus on palliative care and hospice guidelines, especially the National Consensus Project Guidelines, pediatric hospice and palliative care, grief and bereavement, and end of life.

 

Questions?

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