Apply for the HMDCB Exam

1. Learn About the Exam

HMDCB's Candidate Handbook provides detailed information on the entire certification process, from the application process to Maintenance of Certification. We recommend that all candidates review the Handbook to become familiar with the process and the three eligibility pathways - practice, certification, or training.

2. Apply Online

To start your online application you will first need to create an HMDCB.org account. Once you have completed your account profile (required), you will be asked to submit a variety of information regarding your experience in hospice care (eg, licensure and employment). To complete the process, submit payment with your application.

Please note, HMDCB audits a percentage of randomly selected applications each year.

3. Schedule Your Exam

After you complete the application, you will be contacted with instructions on how to schedule your exam. Please watch for an e-mail and postcard from the testing company PSI Candidate Services (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) within 15 business days of HMDCB receiving your completed application and payment. Use these instructions to schedule your computer-based exam at one of PSI's 300 testing sites.

4. Prepare for Exam Day

Although HMDCB does not endorse or sell any preparation materials, we do provide a list of recommended resources for exam preparation, including a content blueprint, which details the five topical areas you can expect a typical exam to cover to help you focus your study.

“Preparation for the HMDCB examination allowed me to expand my knowledge and clinical skills in the hospice and palliative care setting.”

Mark Grzeskowiak MD HMDC
Vice President of Medical Services, JourneyCare