The National Association of Veterans’ Affairs Chaplains
Hospice and Palliative Care Certification
To qualify for Competency in Palliative Care, the following are the requirements:
1. Be a Board Certified Chaplain.
2. Completion of three years of devoting 25% of one’s time in palliative care as evidenced by the following:
3. Completion of the palliative care course offered by the National Chaplain Center School or an equivalency approved by the school. The equivalency will consist of not less than 30 hours in subjects such as grief, bereavement, cultural and ethnic diversity as related to palliative care, pain management at the end of life, ethical dilemmas at the end of life, et al.
4. Of the fifty hours per year required for continuing board certification, not less than 20 hours per year over the three year period shall be related to palliative care.
5. Completed one of the following projects related to palliative care:
Upon meeting these criteria, the chaplain will submit a paper answering the following questions based on palliative care competencies:
1. Describe how you helped the patient or his/her family to find meaning.
The chaplain will be interviewed by a panel of three, one of whom may be from another discipline, provided that he/she is working in palliative care. The answers to the above questions will provide the basis for the interview.
Post Certification Requirements
1. Not less than 20 hours of his/her annual requirement for continuing board certification will be devoted to palliative care.