The first evidence-based certification for social workers in hospice and palliative care is here. 

The first exam for the Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker Certification (APHSW-C) was held January and February 2019, and the second testing period concluded in August. The application for the March/April 2020 testing period is now open and available here.

Apply For APHSW Certification

  • The APHSW-C Application for the second testing window is now closed. The APHSW-C Application for the third testing window (March 15- April 15, 2020) will open on January 1, 2020. The link to the application is available here.

  • The APHSW-C Candidate Handbook is available here. Please read through the handbook carefully, as it contains important information about eligibility, and application and testing windows.

SWHPN Members: How to Access Your Reduced Examination Fee

Please note: if you are a current SWHPN Member, you are eligible for a reduced examination fee by entering your SWHPN Membership Number at Step 4 of the application.

You can find your SWHPN Membership number by:

  1. Navigating to
  2. In the top menu bar, click on Member Center, then My Profile.
  3. Log in with your SWHPN username and password. 
  4. Under your profile, scroll down and you'll find your Member Number, as shown here:

Questions about the registration process?

Feel free to call 502-852-3359 or send an email to [email protected]

Not a member of SWHPN yet? You can join here.