We realize that along your journey you may have a few questions. Take time to see a few of the most frequently asked ones below.

You have an extension of up to 30 days after your deadline for renewal to complete and submit the required criteria for the application. A late fee will be added in addition to the application fee.

If you missed the additional 30 day late extension, you are no longer able to utilize the designation of CNLCP® and must submit to retesting at the full testing fee.

No, you would not have to resubmit a redacted Life Care Plan.

If you are short of the required 60 hours of CE required every five years at the time of your re-certification renewal, you will have to retest.

The primary goal of the CNLCP® Certification Board is to achieve the desired ends per the 2008 AANLCP® Membership Survey for ABSNC (formally ABNS) accreditation. This process will require an enormous undertaking that includes developing and expanding the test questions with evidence based nursing supported answers for the CNLCP® examination.

You can earn one point of credit hour for every five questions supported by evidence based nursing/medical references for a maximum of 10 points of credit per five year renewal period. Questions with research supported reference answers should be submitted directly to the Certification Board Test Question Development Chair, April Pettengill by emailing her at shirley@daugherty-legalnurse.com.  Please click here for the Item Writing Guide.

If you are unable to re-certify in a timely manner due to being on active duty military status, the CNLCP® Certification Board will review your circumstances for a deferred application in consideration of your obligation and fulfillment of your military duty assignment.

Assuming that as a nurse your license remains in good standing and that you have completed the necessary re-certification requirements, your late re-certification may be accepted if the reason is due to your active duty military status.

Requirements would include: unrestricted nursing license, completion of 60 CE credits with substantiating documentation, re-certification application completed, and payment of application fees. No retesting will be required and the late fee will be waived if all above requirements per the CNLCP® re-certification process is met.

Documents supporting your circumstances and  your military orders must accompany any request for consideration of late re-certification.

The following entities offer Life Care Planning core programs: Fig Services, Inc., KelyncoCapital UniversityInstitute of Rehabilitation Education and Training (IRET)

Please note this list may not be complete.  Registered nurses should consider life care planning core programs that include the Nursing Process as well as the core Nurse Life Care Planner topics listed in the Handbook as prepared by the Certified Nurse Life Care Planners (CNLCP®) Certification Board. 

The core topics include: Life Care Planning, Spinal Cord Injuries, Burns, Amputations, Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury, Neonatal and Pediatric Injuries/Illnesses, Chronic Pain, and Life Care Plan Construction.

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.

To access the Handbook, go to CNLCP® Handbook

Disclaimer: The CNLCP® Certification Board does not certify or recommend any specific life care planning course.

Continuing education courses that relate to the specialty of nurse life care planning would meet the continuing education criteria to renew the Certified Nurse Life Care Planner (CNLCP®) certification.

These courses shall cover topics related to the CNLCP® core curriculum such as Life Care Planning, Spinal Cord Injuries, Burns, Amputations, Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury, Neonatal and Pediatric Injuries/Illnesses, and Chronic Pain as well as any related courses such as chronic severe disabilities, home care services, environmental assessments, and organ transplantation.  Nurse case management courses would also be applicable.

60 continuing education hours are required for CNLCP® re-certification every five years.

Medicare Set-Aside and Medicare Secondary Payer courses have presented nurse life care planning content within their programs, however, the CNLCP® Certification Board would need to review the topics and content to determine that they have met the pre-described and required course requirements for CNLCP® continuing education.

Please contact both the CNLCP® Certification Board (shirley@daugherty-legalnurse.com) and PTCY (sfrier@ptcny.com) for name/address changes.  Certificate numbers can be obtained through the CNLCP® Certification Board.

No practice test is necessary to be eligible to sit for the CNLCP® certification exam.