Certification and Licensing
The Joint Commission (TJC) Advanced Certification for Palliative Care
The Joint Commission's new Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care is designed to recognize hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses. The Joint Commission recommends the following initial steps programs can take in preparation for submitting an application for Advanced Certification. The standards of palliative care certification are built upon the National Consensus Project's Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care.
To get started, you should complete a program self-assessment for missing elements; meet with a representative from your hospital QI (or equivalent department) familiar with Joint Commission Accreditation/Certification to review your self-assessment; develop an Action Plan to meet the missing elements. To learn more, click here.
Since 2008, the examination has been administered by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS.) See the AAHPM website for full details.
The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center website offers information about hospice and palliative nursing certification. A calendar of testing dates is also available.
Social Work Certification
Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker
A bachelor’s level social worker in hospice and palliative care provides a professional continuum of services that addresses the psychosocial needs of patients and families affected by serious and life limiting illness in order to maintain, or improve, their optimal quality of life. Visit the NASW Credentialing Center for further information.
Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker (ACHP-SW)
A master’s level social worker in hospice and palliative care provides a professional continuum of services that addresses the psychosocial needs of patients and families affected by serious and life limiting illness in order to maintain, or improve, their optimal quality of life. Visit the NASW Credentialing Center for further information.
For more information about social work licensure in each state, including types, requirements, continuing education, and more, reference MSWGuide.org at http://www.mswguide.org/licensure/
Palliative care specialty certification is now available through the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI), an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), the largest organization of professional chaplaincy care providers in the U.S. The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy also offers training and accreditation for chaplains, pastoral supervisors and pastoral psychotherapists.
The Joint Commission recognizes high-quality palliative care programs in hospital and community settings. Hospital palliative care programs may apply for Advanced Certification for Palliative Care - to learn more, click here. Certification is awarded to home health and hospice organizations offering palliative care through The Joint Commission's Community-Based Palliative Care Certification.
The Accreditation Commission for Health Care launched its Distinction in Palliative Care accreditation in July 2017. Home health, hospice, and private duty providers can learn more here.