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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Applicants who are notified that they do not meet the eligibility requirements may request reconsideration of this decision by sending a written notice to the Director, Certifications within 30 days of communication of the adverse eligibility decision. The Director, Certifications will review the request for reconsideration and will make a decision regarding eligibility. No new or additional information may be submitted with the request. The request for reconsideration will be reviewed within 45 days of receipt. Written notice of the decision will be sent to the applicant within 30 days of the review.
Earlier this year AHIMA began taking steps to better protect your data and improve the security and privacy of customer information. As part of this effort, effective November 1st we will no longer accept paper exam applications. In addition, after December 1 we will no longer accept paper checks.
We will be transitioning to an ACH system at the beginning of 2020, which will allow you to pay via electronic fund transfer. Until we make this transition, we will only accept credit cards.
You can complete an online application at https://my.ahima.org/certification/getcertified
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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.
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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.
Organizations who purchase exams or order exams in bulk, complete the following steps:
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Organizations who DO NOT purchase Exams
If you do not purchase exams for your students or staff the above instructions do not apply. Students now have the capability to upload their completed Early Testing Form (if applicable) to the early testing section of the application. This form should be uploaded at the time of the application.
**PLEASE NOTE** Submission of official transcripts and certification of completion attestation are not affected by this change, and the normal process should continue.
To fully prepare for the CHDA exam, candidates may find it helpful to become familiar with the following information.
The exam is timed for 3.5 hours. It consists of 141 multiple-choice questions. Of the 141 questions, 121 are scored and 20 are pretest questions that are not scored. The pretest questions are administered to evaluate the question for possible inclusion as a scored question in future exams. Pretest questions are interspersed throughout the exam and cannot be identified by the candidate. Whether answered correctly or incorrectly, they do not affect the candidate's score.
AHIMA certification examinations are based on an explicit set of competencies. Competencies for the CHDA exam were determined through a job analysis conducted with practitioners.
Competencies for CHDAs fall into five domains. Each domain accounts for a specific percentage of the questions on the certification exam, as shown below. Download the CHDA Exam Content Outline for information about the competencies within each domain. The exam tests candidates only on content pertaining to the competencies shown.
Domain 1 – Business Needs Assessment (19-23%)
Domain 2 – Data Acquisition and Management (21-25%)
Domain 3 – Data Analysis (19-23%)
Domain 4 – Data Interpretation and Reporting (20-24%)
Domain 5 – Data Governance (11-15%)
Recommended Resources for Study
Candidate Guide (see pp. 6 and 33 for information on the CHDA credential and exam)
CHDA Exam Content Outline
Certification Exam Pass Rates
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 2019 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.
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.