During chromosome segregation, kinetochores form dynamic connections with spindle microtubules. In vertebrates, these attachments require the activities of a number of outer kinetochore proteins, including CENP-F [1, 2] and the widely conserved microtubule-associated protein CLASP . Here, we investigate the functional relationship between HCP-1/2, two redundant CENP-F-like proteins, and CLASP(CLS-2) in Caenorhabditis elegans. HCP-1/2 and CLASP(CLS-2) localize transiently to mitotic C. elegans kinetochores with nearly identical kinetic profiles, and biochemical purifications demonstrate that they also associate physically. In embryos depleted of HCP-1/2, CLASP(CLS-2) no longer localizes to chromosomes, whereas CLASP(CLS-2) depletion does not prevent HCP-1/2 targeting. Consistent with the localization dependency and biochemical association, depletion of HCP-1/2 or CLASP(CLS-2) resulted in virtually identical defects in mitotic chromosome segregation characterized by a failure of sister-chromatid biorientation. This phenotype could be partially suppressed by disrupting the astral forces that pull spindle poles apart in the 1 cell embryo, indicating that CLASP(CLS-2) is required for biorientation when chromosome-spindle attachments are subjected to poleward force. Our results establish that the key role of HCP-1/2 is to target CLASP(CLS-2) to kinetochores, and they support the recently proposed model that CLASP functions to promote the polymerization of kinetochore bound microtubules .