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Purpose

The purpose of the Canadian Certified Life Care Planner (CCLCP) credential is to measure the CCLCP applicant's working knowledge of Canadian medical systems, associated disabilities, and treatment/maintenance protocol required for a catastrophically disabled individual to sustain life within an acceptable comfort level. Additionally, this credential is designed to offer Canadian health care providers access to certification in life care planning through the ICHCC on the same level of competency as required of their United States CCLCP peers.

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.

Qualifications - Qualified Health Care Professional

Qualifying for the Certified Canadian 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 "Qualified Health Care Professional" definition and a listing of its criteria are detailed in the ICHCC Standards and Guidelines Manual available for download on the home page of this web site. All certification candidates should have this manual in his or her library if certification is a true goal.

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 ICHCC.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of 3 years' work experience within their formal degree field and 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
    • be certified, licensed, or meet the legal mandates of the candidate's respective province that allow him or her to practice service delivery within the definition of his or her designated healthcare related profession.

    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 co­author.
    • 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.

Recertification

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.

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
Option One

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 $350.

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 an attendance verification/certificate of completion. The fee is for recertification increases to $400 regardless of whether or not there is just one program or 10 or more programs that do not qualify as "pre-approved" by the ICHCC.

Option Two

Re-examination. The fee is $425 and covers both the examination fee and certification renewal.

Extensions

Persons who have completed 30 of the 80 hours required for continuing education may request a review for extension. Each request will be reviewed individually, documentation of the 30 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.

Executive Board of Commissioners

  • Evelyn Robert, BSN, RN, CCM, CRP, CLCP, MSCC
  • Executive Director
  • Sherry Latham, RN, BSN, CLNC, CLCP, MSCC
  • Leta Sharkey, MS, NCC, CDMS, CRP, CLCP, MSCC
  • Andrew Zeldin, MS, CGCM

CLCP Commissioners

  • Sherry Latham, RN, BSN, CLNC, CLCP, MSCC
  • Chairperson
  • Penelope Caragonne, Ph.D., CLCP
  • Alex Karras, JD, OTR, CRC, CCM, MSCC, CLCP
  • Patty Patterson Harper, RN, LNCC, CLCP
  • Susan Sheerin, CLCP, MSCC, CGCM
  • Robert Taylor, MA, LPC, CRC, CDMS, CLCP
  • Dana Weldon, MS, CRC, RRP, CLCP, CCLCP

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