Certification by Examination

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CNLCP® Certification by Examination

Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of application as per the CNLCP® Handbook for Candidates:

1. Licensure:

Provision of proof of valid Registered Nurse licensure or its equivalent in other countries, for at least the prior three (3) years immediately preceding application. The license must be active, without any restrictions, and a current copy of the license must be submitted with the Candidate’s application

2. Experience:

Verification of a minimum of 2000 hours paid or “billable” professional experience in a role (e.g., life care planning, community based case management, medical cost projections, Medicare set-aside allocations, lifetime nurse care planning, community based rehabilitation nursing, public health nursing, community based legal nurse consulting) that utilizes the nursing process in assessing and determining an individual’s long term/lifetime treatment needs and costs, across the continuum of care.

3. Education/Skills:

Completion of 120 continuing education units* relating to life care planning or in equivalent areas (see the Content Outline on page 18) that can be applied to the development of a life care plan, or pertain to the service delivery applicable to life care planning, within the five (5) years immediately preceding application

* There must be a minimum of 10 hours specific to a basic orientation, methodology, and standards of practice relevant to the nurse life care planning process contained within the continuing education curriculum


 Verification* of two (2) years life care planning experience, or a variant thereof (e.g., lifetime nurse care planner [LNCP-C], certified life care planner [CLCP]), that incorporates the nursing process and skill set inherent to the assessment and determination of treatment needs and their respective costs, across the continuum of care, within the past five (5) years immediately preceding the application.  


Checklist for CNLCP® Initial Certification Application Submission shall include the following:

*Verification of experience must be authenticated by an employer or a minimum of two referral sources.

It should be noted that if ambiguity exists in terms of pathway interpretation/qualification, a final decision will be executed by the CNLCP® Certification Board Application Committee, consisting of the Certification Board Chairman, Certification Board Co-Chairman and the Certification Board Secretary.

Note: No practice test is necessary to be eligible to sit for the CNLCP® Certification Examination. 

The policies and procedures used by the Certified Nurse Life Care Planner (CNLCP® ) Certification Board to construct and review items and examination forms for the CNLCP®  examination are consistent with guidelines recommended by the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education (AERA, APA, NCME; 2014) as well as other industry standards such as: Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs (National Commission for Certifying Agencies, 2014) and Conformity assessment — General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons (ISO/IEC 17024).