Individuals who earn the CHDA designation will achieve recognition of their expertise in health data analysis and validation of their mastery of this domain. This prestigious certification provides practitioners with the knowledge to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret, and transform data into accurate, consistent, and timely information, while balancing the "big picture" strategic vision with day-to-day details. CHDA-credentialed professionals exhibit broad organizational knowledge and the ability to communicate with individuals and groups at multiple levels, both internal and external.
Earning the CHDA designation can help you:
Candidates must meet one of the following eligibility requirements to sit for the CHDA examination:
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Before submitting an application, carefully review the information contained in this guide. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure eligibility before submitting the application. Applicants who are determined to be ineligible and submit an ineligible application or request withdrawal of their application, will receive a refund of the application fee minus a $75 processing fee.
Applicants may register online or by submitting a paper application.
International applicants, please make sure you submit the Global Exam application.
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A candidate’s eligibility period is defined in the Authorization to Test letter (ATT) as a four-month window in which candidates are required to schedule their exam appointment. Candidates who fail to schedule an examination appointment within their eligibility period indicated in their ATT will forfeit their application fee. A complete application and examination fee are required to reapply for the examination.
Candidates arriving at the test center 15 minutes after the scheduled appointment will not be allowed to test and will forfeit the testing fee. A complete application and examination fee are required to reapply for the examination.
A certification examination is based on an explicit set of competencies. These competencies have been determined through a job analysis study conducted of practitioners. The competencies are subdivided into domains, subdomains, and tasks as shown in the PDF documents below. Examinations test only content pertaining to the following competencies.
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Applicable Exam Content Outline
On or before January 31, 2018
CHDA Exam Content Outline
On or after February 1, 2018
Starting on Feb. 1, 2018 the CHDA exam content outline will be updated as a result of a job analysis conducted in 2016. A job analysis ensures that the exam reflects current practice.
The exam content outline is expanding from three content domains to five. The five major content domains are:
Domain 1 – Business Needs Assessment
Domain 2 – Data Acquisition and Management
Domain 3 – Data Analysis
Domain 4 – Data Interpretation and Reporting
Domain 5 – Data Governance
For additional information, please refer to the exam content outline.
The CHDA exam is only offered outside the U.S. at specific times during the year. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The exam dates for 2017 are:
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After you submit your exam application and your application fee is processed, you will receive an Authorization to Test letter with instruction on how to select your exam appointment.
Please note that the exam will launch in Beta form, which means immediate scoring will not be available. Results will be available in approximately 12 -24 weeks after testing.
Retest Policy (For testing outside the US only):
Candidates who have taken and failed the examination must wait a minimum of 165 days before your application will be processed. To retake the examination, candidates must resubmit a new application with appropriate exam application fee.