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What is the process for evaluating and certifying life care planners?

The International Commission on Health Care Certification issues certification to certified life care planners (ICHCC). The certification procedure evaluates a life care planner’s knowledge of health-care systems, catastrophic disability, and the treatment and care protocols required to help persons with severe, life-altering illnesses or injuries maintain a high quality of life.

Every five years, certified life care planners must renew their certification by completing necessary continuing education courses. Over the course of five years, they must study a minimum of 80 credits, with eight of those hours consisting of ethics courses.


Certified nurse life care planners, or CNLCPs, are life care planners who have worked as registered nurses in the field of long-term care for at least two years and have retained their licenses for three years. The Nurse Life Care Planner is used to facilitate this procedure.