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.

Qualifications - 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:

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:

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:


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:

Options for Renewal

The ICHCC certification maintenance program extends the status of the ICHCC and CLCP at five year intervals. Options for renewal include:

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).

 Option One

Option Two

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.

Focus Areas

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 ICHCC

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:

Maximum Credit: 10 clock hours for each original 1 hour presentation

Maximum Credit: 25 clock hours for each publication

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.