Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care (CCEPC)

IAPC’s Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care (CCEPC) was launched in November 2007 in 12 centers across the country; and is currently being delivered in 50 centers across the country. This is a basic course in palliative care for doctors and nurses, and aims to inculcate the principles of palliative care in every day practice for doctors and nurses to improve patient care through proper communication and effective management of difficult symptoms.

Select Clinical sessions will be held separately for Doctors and Nurses.

Successful completion of Part A will make one eligible:

  • To understand basic concepts of PC.
  • To teach and train others on how to manage difficult symptoms including intractable pain.
  • Make you confident and empowered to handle difficult questions or situations that you will encounter in everyday practice.

Part B is more practical oriented, though optional. Successful completion of this segment will:

  • Provide you with an opportunity to have a hands-on understanding of the concept of pain and symptom management.
  • Enable you to effectively manage a patient who is on opioids as emphasis will be given on teaching opioid titration.
  • Make you eligible for obtaining an RMI certificate for your organisation.

The course is currently being offered virtually, due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.

Course Fee

Doctors: Rs.2,500/- Nurses: Rs.1,200/- The course fee includes training fee, course materials and examination fee.

Course Guidelines

  • Attendance is mandatory (with video) for all sessions. Those who fail to switch on their camera’s will be marked absent for the session.
  • Candidates with only 100% attendance in all sessions will be allowed to attend the examination.
  • Please ensure that arrangements are made to ensure uninterrupted and good internet connectivity. Candidates unable to attend sessions due to connectivity issues will be considered as absent.
  • Sessions will be interactive and candidates must therefore dedicate time exclusively to attend the sessions. Please note that candidates ARE NOT allowed to participate in the sessions while they are on duty.
  • Candidates are requested to attend the sessions using their laptops. Please avoid attending the sessions using phones or tablets, as it will cause distraction.
  • Candidates are requested to login 10 minutes before the start of the session.
  • Classes can be attended virtually, however the online examination will need to be taken from the nearest IAPC authorised course center.
  • It is essential to attend the online examinations using a windows powered laptop or desktop only, as the examination platform does not support other devices (Android phones or tablets, Apple phones, laptops, iPads any other gadgets). Please note that smartphones, tablets and iPads are therefore not compatible for the examination platform.

The brochure provides further details of the course.

CCEPC Brochure

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CCEPC Schedule

Click here to view and download the CCEPC Schedule for July 2022.

CCEPC Application Form

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IAPC Authorised Course Centres

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