Certified Life Care Planner
For the convenience of the reader, this Certified page provides links to pages pertinent to the
CLCP credential. You will find direct access links to the CLCP application page, the
CLCP examination page, and the CLCP recertification page. Please click on the appropriate menu button for the item you need.
CLCP Application Form
CLCP Non-Preapproved CEU Recertification Form
CLCP Pre-Approved CEU Recertification Form
CLCP Examination Download
The purpose of the CLCP credential is to measure the CLCP applicant's working knowledge of medical systems, associated disabilities, and treatment/maintenance protocol required for a catastrophically disabled individual to sustain life within an acceptable comfort level.
Non-discrimination Rights of Refusal Statement:
The ICHCC does not
discriminate against any applicant for CLCP certification because of race,
color, religion, creed, age, gender, national origin or ancestry. However, the
ICHCC reserves the right to reject an application based on one's documented
professional misconduct, documented misconduct towards this agency, a history of
licensure or certification revocation, or convictions related to criminal
misdemeanors or felony charges.
- Qualified Health Care Professional
Qualifying for the Certified Life Care Planner credential is based upon 2 factors; 1) meeting the definition of a "Qualified Healthcare Provider, and 2) the applicant's education and training. Before reviewing the educational and training
experience component, one must ensure that he or she meets the International Commission on Health Care Certification's definition of "Qualified Health Care Professional."
The designation of a health care professional must be specific to the care, treatment, and/or rehabilitation of individuals with significant disabilities and does not include such professions as attorney, generic educators, administrators, etc., but does include such professions as counseling and special education with appropriate qualifications.
This designation of qualified healthcare professional is based on a background of education, training, and practice qualifications. A background of only experience and/or designated job title are not accepted as a qualified health care professional for this credential. Completion of training in life care planning, experience developing life care plans, or being qualified in the court system would not provide credential qualification without meeting the criteria for a qualified health care professional.
Due to their unregulated status or professional status that varies among states, the following is offered as clarification for qualified status regarding the following professionals:
- Rehabilitation Counselor - CRC
- Case Manager - CCM
- Counselor - NCC, CRC, or State License or State Mandate to Practice
- Psychologist - State License or State Mandate to Practice
- Special Education - Undergraduate or Graduate Degree in Special Education
- Social Worker - MSW or State License in Social Work
- Nursing with an emphasis in rehabilitation - under graduate or graduate degree in nursing
Regarding graduate students holding a graduate degree, they may be deemed qualified provided they hold a graduate degree from an accredited program with a focus in rehabilitation in one or more of the following areas:
- Case Management
- Life Care Planning
- Completion sub-criterion "b" of the third "bullet" criteria as stated above
Persons holding licensure designations as "technicians" or "assistants", to include but are not limited to Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA), Occupational Therapy Assistants
(OTA), Dental Hygienists, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Nursing Assistants or Certified Nursing Assistants, Massage Therapists, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's), are excluded from qualifying to sit for the CLCP or CDE credential. However, any person meeting the above definition of a health care professional, but who also carries a "technician/assistant" title will be eligible to sit for the examination (e.g., a EMT who is a licensed RN).
The ICHCC requires the following criteria to be met by all candidates in order to qualify to sit for the examination:
- Each candidate must have a minimum of 120 hours of post-graduate or post-specialty degree training in life care planning or in areas that can be applied to the development of a life care plan or pertain to the service delivery applied to life care planning. There must be 16 hours of training specific to a basic orientation, methodology, and standards of practice in life care planning within the required120 hours. The 120 hours may be obtained through online training/educational programs as well as onsite presentations and conferences. Additionally, the following educational components by a
ICHCC approved CLCP program are required:
- Life Care Planning Methodology (16 credit hours)
- A course (module) in Catastrophic Case Management (of choice)
- Vocational Rehabilitation Module.
- Legal component in life care planning with an onsite testimony/trial experience.
- Competency - preparation of a life care plan to be reviewed by an approved CLCP program or the
- Applicants should have a minimum of 3 years' field experience within the 5 years preceding application for certification. Final approval of any application with ambiguity regarding experience will be left to the discretion of the Commissioners following a thorough review of the respective applications. The opinion of the Commissioners is final.
- Training hours acquired over a time frame of 5 years from the date of application are counted as valid for consideration. Documentation of such coursework and participation verification is required in the form of attendance verification forms and/or curriculum documentation from the training agency. Each candidate must meet the minimum academic requirements for their designated health care related profession, and be certified, licensed, or meet the legal mandates of the candidate's respective state that allow him or her to practice service delivery within the definition of his or her designated healthcare related profession. However, final approval of any applications with ambiguity regarding training and/or experience will be left to the discretion of the Commissioners following a thorough review of the respective applications. The opinion of the Commissioners is final.
- Each candidate must satisfy an experience component in one of the following options:
- Submit one (1) life care plan with candidate's name displayed as author or co author.
- Supervision of one (1) year with a Certified Life Care Planner. Supervision is to be registered for approval and submission of quarterly supervision summaries are required detailing dates of meetings and a summary of discussions.
- Graduation from an accredited training program which includes
practicum or internship, or which requires the development of an independent life care plan for review and critique by a faculty member who is a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP).
- Each candidate must hold the entry level academic degree or certificate/diploma for their profession.
The maintenance period for the CLCP credential is 5 years, and 80 clock hours of continuing educational units (CEU's) are required over this period. The CLCP professional is required to have 8 of the 80 required recertification hours to be of ethical practice subject matter. The
ICHCC reviews training programs to determine if the training content has any application to life care planning service delivery. It does not accredit nor approve any training or educational programs that may be applied specific to the CLCP examination. Rather, the
ICHCC charges a review fee to all entities requesting coverage of their CEU's for application to the Certified Life Care Planner credential, whether the entity meets the approval criteria or is rejected. Criteria for approval or rejection of the reviewed program for CEUs are based on the following:
- There must be one person on the faculty of a given instructional unit (program) whom is a Certified Life Care Planner, if the subject matter does not require the expertise of a physician or lawyer as presenters/educators.
- Physicians (M.D., D.O., D.C.) and attorneys are exempt from this rule.
- The training entity is required to submit the program agenda, curricula vitae of the instructors, and a statement as to the application of the program to life care plan development.
Options for Renewal
The ICHCC certification maintenance program extends the status of the
ICHCC and CLCP at five year intervals. Options for renewal include:
- Option One: Documentation of 80 clock hours of pre-approved and post-approved education
- Option Two: Re-examination
The option one renewal requirement is a total of 80 clock hours of approved education/training for each five-year period. Documentation is required to validate that the education or training has been successfully completed in one or more of the focus areas related to functional capacity evaluation, impairment rating, and life care planning (described below).
- Submit documentation of 80 hours of pre-approved education. If a course was pre-approved, the CLCP professional only needs to send the attendance verification and the attached form. The fee is $250.
- If the CLCP professional attended a program which was not approved for CLCP hours, the required documentation must be submitted and is subject to review. This includes a attendance verification/certificate of completion. The fee is $260-300.
Re-examination. The fee is $250 and covers both the examination fee and certification renewal.
If the renewal candidate does not desire to retest, but also lacks the necessary 80 hours of CEU's, then the candidate can apply for an extension. This is available to CLCPs who have completed and submitted 30 of the 80 hours required for maintenance. A six (6) month extension may be granted. The fee is $100.
Foundations of Industrial Injury and Evaluation:
Includes but not limited to orthopaedic and neurological disorders of injured workers, psychological aspects of industrial injuries, work related injuries and chronic pain response, evaluating function within the chronic pain patient, evaluating the psychological profile of the chronic pain patient, and applications of symptom magnification of the industrially injured worker.
Medical Correlates of Disability: Includes but not limited to orthopaedic and neurological diagnoses and their applied disability periods and limitations, orthopaedic and neurological injuries associated with workplace trauma, personal injury diagnoses and subsequent disability periods of limitations.
Foundations of Life Care Planning: Includes but not limited to philosophy in planning; approaches to planning and presentation formats; ethics; future trends; and methodologies.
Resource Development: Includes but not limited to legislative developments, equipment and procedure information sources, technological advances, research/outcome studies and professional association specializations.
Medical/Treatment Issues: Includes but not limited to catastrophic injury complication management; mobility issues; bowel/bladder care; medication and surgical interventions; therapy issues; and evaluation techniques.
Case and Medical Management in Catastrophic Disability: Includes but not limited to facility/modality assessment; environmental adaptations; transportation; family adjustment/dynamics and counseling; psychological/behavioral issues; coordinating special needs; collateral sources; and educational systems.
Vocational Issues: Includes but not limited to earning capacity analysis, vocational evaluation; labor market information; return to work issues in disability compensation systems; testing issues; and work life/earnings cycle assessment.
Medical/Rehabilitation Testimony: Includes but not limited to roles of medical and rehabilitation experts; working with economists; structured settlements and reserve setting issues; malpractice issues; and scope of practice issues.
Procedures for Renewal
Approximately three months prior to the "valid through" date printed on the certificate,
ICHCC will mail a renewal application. Completion of the application, submission of documentation of 80 clock hours of continuing education, and payment of the non-refundable certification renewal fee is required.
Failure to renew your certification will result in the revocation of your certified status. The applicant acknowledges that the information submitted on a signed application is accurate.
ICHCC retains the right to revoke or suspend certification if a certification is granted on the basis of false, misleading or inaccurate information if such information becomes evident upon inquiry. Additionally, the
ICHCC retains the right to suspend or revoke certification if that individual is found to behave in an unprofessional, unsupportive manner towards the
Please notify ICHCC of any change in address. Reasonable efforts will be made to send the renewal information; however, it is your responsibility to renew the certification by the expiration date on your certificate.
Note: Should you fail to renew your certification, re-application under all current standards and criteria in addition to a passing score on the certification examination will be required.
Sources of Continuing Education
Education and training for certification maintenance may be obtained from a number of potential sources including in-service training programs, seminars and workshops, college and university courses, national and regional conferences, as well as professional publications and presentations related to the focus areas outlined above. A
ICHCC Request for Approval Form is attached and may be photocopied as needed.
Option One Documentation
ICHCC will approve continuing education activities for individuals on a post-attendance basis. Information required includes each item under the following:
- In-services, Seminars, Workshops & National/Regional Conferences
- Submission of original documentation verifying participation
- Submission of program agenda
- Completion of Request for Approval form.
- Relevant College or University Courses
- Official transcript and course description
- Completion of Request for Approval form.
- Professional Presentation: Development & Presentation
Maximum Credit: 10 clock hours for each original 1 hour presentation
- Reference Material/Bibliography utilized
- Copy of printed program listing you as presenter
- Copy of "Presenter Notes" from Overhead/Slide Presentation Software used in presentation
- Completion of Request for Approval form
- Professional Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Maximum Credit: 25 clock hours for each publication
- Submission of a copy of the publication , including references
- Completion of Request for Approval form
- Other Publications serving Rehabilitation Professionals
Maximum Credit: 15 clock hours for each publication
- Submission of copy of publication, including references
- Completion of Request for Approval form.
- Item Writing
- Maximum Credit: 10 clock hours for each item accepted and utilized in the CLOP examination
- Submission of item with APA style references
Miscellaneous Documentation Requirements/Issues
A letter or other form of written verification from workshop, seminar, and conference providers will also be acceptable, providing information concerning content, clock hours, and attendance is included. Academic credit is converted as follows: one quarter hour of academic credit equals 10 clock hours; one semester hour equals 15 clock hours.
Programs should be at least 60 minutes in length. They must be offered in accessible, barrier-free locations and include evaluation components to be completed by participants. The purpose of the program should be clearly defined in terms of objectives & expected outcome and designed to increase the participant's knowledge in the focus areas outlined above.
Persons who have completed 50 of the 80 hours required for continuing education may request a review for extension. Each request will be reviewed individually, documentation of the 50 hours must be completed, a $100 administrative fee is required, and sufficient time must be allowed before the current certification expires. An extension may be granted for up to six months.
An appeals process is available for any CLCP who feels his or her application for certification renewal was processed in an inaccurate or unfair manner. An appeals procedure would be administered by the Ethics Committee.