Certified Physician Life Care Planner (CPLCP)™ Certification

Certified Physician Life Care Planner (CPLCP)™ Certification formally recognizes life care planners who meet the highest level of professional capacity to engage in the discipline of life care planning, who have met rigorous professional standards, and who have demonstrated proficiency in the theoretical knowledge and practical application of advanced, medically-based, life care planning methodologies, standards, and practices.

CPLCP™ Certification benefits life care planning subjects, consumers, and the general public by providing a definitive measure of professional capacity, education, training and skill against which to qualify practitioners within the field of life care planning.

CPLCP™ Examination

The CPLCP™ Certification Board endorses voluntary certification by examination for physician life care planners. Life care planners who meet eligibility requirements are eligible to sit for the CPLCP™ Examination.

CPLCP™ Certification applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be licensed as a Medical Doctor (MD), or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) in the United States, or the equivalent in other countries, for at least 3 years following the completion of residency. Any license must be currently active, without any restrictions.
  2. Be Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physiatry) as designated by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (ABPMR), or the by the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AOBPMR).
  3. Be a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP), as designated by the International Commission on Health Care Certification (ICHCC).

The CPLCP™ Certification Program is administrated by the CPLCP™ Certification Board. The CPLCP™ Certification Examination is administered for the CPLCP™ Certification Board by Professional Testing Corporation.

Submission and Defense of Work Product

Upon the successful completion of the CPLCP™ Examination, the CPLCP™ Certification candidate shall receive from the CPLCP™ Certification Board, an assignment to produce a life care plan which evidences comprehensive conformity to the tenets, methods and best practices of the American Academy of Physician Life Care Planners. The assignment will require the CPLCP™ Certification candidate to produce a life care plan that addresses one of the following diagnostics conditions: brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury, amputations, nerve injury, burns, visual or hearing impairment, or pulmonary or gastrointestinal injuries.

Upon the CPLCP™ Certification Board’s acceptance of the CPLCP™ Certification candidate's work product, the CPLCP™ Certification candidate will make an oral presentation of his/her plan to the CPLCP™ Certification Board, during which time the CPLCP™ Certification candidate will be required to successfully explain and defend his/her plan, its stated opinions, conclusions, method of formulation, etc.

Upon the CPLCP™ Certification Board’s acceptance an of the CPLCP™ Certification candidate’s work product, and the CPLCP™ Certification Board’s approval of the candidate's presentation and defense of his/her work product, the CPLCP™ Certification candidate will be awarded the CPLCP™ Certification designation.

Additional Information

Additional Information and details regarding PLCP™ Certification and the CPLCP™ Certification Examination is provided in the PLCP™ Certification Board’s Handbook for Candidates.