Apply for the HMDCB Exam


The 2023 initial application is open! Click here to apply online. 


1. Learn About the Initial Exam

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

2. Apply Online

The 2023 application will open January 16, 2023. When the application is available, apply online by creating an account on the My HMDCB Certification Center. Once you have completed your account profile (required), you will be asked to submit a variety of information regarding your experience in hospice care (e.g., licensure and employment). 

3. Schedule Your Exam

After you complete the application, you will be contacted by our testing partner, PSI, with instructions on how to schedule your exam. Please watch for an e-mail and postcard from 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 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. 

"Our physicians use the knowledge they have acquired through certification to improve patient outcomes and to provide on-going education to interdisciplinary team members. This continual learning helps to ensure our patients receive the highest quality in hospice care services."

Lynn Knodle, CHPCA
CEO, Serenity Hospice & Home