Deadlines and Fees

2018 Certification Cycle for Initial Certification

The 2018 Certification Cycle is now closed. 

December 12, 2017 Online application cycle opens
March 6, 2018 Last day to submit application
without late fee assessment
March 27, 2018 Final deadline to apply for 2018 examination
(late fee assessed)
April 2, 2018 Last date to request special accommodations
April 17, 2018 Last date to withdraw from 2018 examination without penalty of full cancellation fee
April 23, 2018 Last date to schedule examinations
May 17 - June 5, 2018                               Examination testing window
August 2018 Score reports and certificates mailed to candidates

The 2019 examination testing window will open late Fall 2018. Please check back this fall 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