The CHPS credential:
Candidates must meet one of the following eligibility requirements for the CHPS 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.
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You can complete an online application at https://my.ahima.org/certification/getcertified
If you have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Premier Member Price: $246.05
Member Price: $259
Non-member price: $329
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.
To fully prepare for the CHPS exam, candidates may find it helpful to become familiar with the following information.
The exam is timed for 3.5 hours. It consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. Of the 150 questions, 125 are scored and 25 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 CHPS exam were determined through a job analysis conducted with practitioners.
Competencies for CHPSs fall into four domains. Each domain accounts for a specific percentage of the questions on the certification exam, as shown below. Download the CHPS 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 – Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Issues / Environmental Assessment (23-27%)
Domain 2 – Program Management and Administration (23-27%)
Domain 3 – Information Technology / Physical and Technical Safeguards (23-27%)
Domain 4 – investigation, Compliance, and Enforcement (23-27%)
Recommended Resources for Study
Candidate Guide (see pp. 7 and 34-35 for information on the CHPS credential and exam)
CHPS Exam Content Outline
Certification Exam Pass Rates