Deadlines and Fees

2019 Certification Cycle for Initial Certification

The 2019 application cycle is now closed. 

January 8 - April 22, 2019  2019 Application Cycle
April 23, 2019 Last date to request special accommodations 
April 23, 2019 Last date to withdraw from 2019 examination
without penalty of full cancellation fee 
May 1, 2019 Last date to schedule examinations 
May 23 - June 14, 2019 Examination testing window 
July 2019                    Candidates notified of reports and certificates 

The 2020 application cycle will open in January of 2020. Please check back this winter for further information and dates. 


The initial certification examination cost is $1,100 and must accompany the application. If you apply after the early application deadline, you will be charged a late fee. The examination fee covers application review, administrative costs, and testing company fees.

"It is a very comprehensive exam that is designed to evaluate the knowledge and clinical judgment skills in key areas of hospice. I am glad I took this test."

Palliative Medicine Lead
Kaiser Permanente, Modesto, CA