Frequently Asked Questions
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A beta exam is a new version of a certification exam consisting of new questions that have not yet undergone psychometric analysis for validity and reliability. The purpose of beta testing is to evaluate new exam questions by having them answered by actual credential candidates.
A new exam goes through the beta process before the exam is launched for the first time. This is one of the last steps during an exam development process. Data gathered and analyzed during the beta period is used to select the best exam questions, and to eliminate questions that are vague, too difficult, or not useful in evaluating a candidate’s HIM knowledge.
During the beta period, you will not receive immediate results upon completion of your exam. There is a waiting period (typically up to 10 weeks from the start of the beta period) after which results are provided to test takers.
What is the exam eligibility period and extension request deadline?
The exam eligibility period is 120 calendar days from the application approval date. The exam must be scheduled and taken within those 120 calendar days.
If a candidate applies for an exam and is deemed eligible but does not schedule a date to take the exam within the 120 calendar days, the exam application eligibility expires, and the candidate will need to reapply and pay all applicable fees.
You must apply for an extension 14 days prior to your scheduled exam date or 14 days prior to your eligibility end date.
You can apply for extensions in 30-day increments for up to 90 days. The cost for each 30-day increment is $50.
What is the exam retesting waiting period?
Effective July 13th, 2020, the retesting waiting period for all AHIMA certifications exams is 90 days.
How can I prepare for the exam?
Each certification has a Content Outline (CO) that includes the tasks and knowledge that candidates will be tested on related to that certification. This information provides guidance for candidates preparing to take the exam. The CO also details the number of questions contained in each Domain. Neither CCHIIM nor AHIMA certification staff requires or endorses training, preparation, or resources for certification exam participation. Keep in mind, no two candidates have the same knowledge base – relevant experience and educational backgrounds vary.
How do I apply for a certification exam?
Visit the Apply page for instructions on how to apply for a certification exam.
Additional information on applying for an exam:
Where can I get updates on testing, policy changes, and other certification announcements?
Visit the Updates & Announcements page for the latest certification news. We recommend visiting this dedicated web page frequently as information can change daily.
How do I request a copy of my exam score report?
To request a duplicate copy of your exam score report, contact Pearson VUE at (888) 524-4622.
How do I get a certificate upon earning a credential?
Effective April 1, 2018, virtual certificates have replaced hard copy certificates for newly credentialed individuals. Official virtual documents for all certifications, including a congratulatory letter and employer notification, are immediately available to print and save from your AHIMA CEU center upon the granting of a credential. The certificate valid-through date is automatically updated with the successful completion of each recertification cycle.
You can purchase a hard copy certificate—including reprints of existing certifications or an updated one to reflect a name change—and frame through AHIMA’s certificate partner. Please have your virtual certificate details available when purchasing your hard copy certificate to ensure the certificate data you enter is correct.
Why hasn’t my certificate number been issued for my RHIT or RHIA credential?
Your official transcripts must be received before the certificate number is issued, and the credential designations can be listed on your signature line. Please contact your school, if you have not done so already, and request an official transcript that includes your graduation date and degree issued.
Transcripts must be mailed directly from the school or forwarded in an unopened school envelope for processing to:
Attn: Certification Transcripts
233 N Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Once mailed, please allow up to four weeks to process from the date they are received.
Official transcripts may also be sent electronically via a transcript service to email@example.com. Emailed transcripts will not be accepted directly from the school or individual. They must be submitted from a designated transcript service.
If transcripts have already been submitted, please contact us if they may have been submitted be under a different last name.
What is AHIMA’s Continuing Education Provider Program?
How do I submit an international transcript?
For international degrees, transcripts must first be evaluated by a credential evaluation agency for US equivalency. Visit the World Education Services: International Credential Evaluation for transcript evaluation. After your international degree(s) and transcripts are evaluated, please forward your completed evaluation along with transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What changes have been made to the international exam process?
Visit the Updates & Announcements page to see more news about our certifications.
How do I verify an individual’s certification status?
For verification of an individual’s certification status, visit the Credential Verification Portal. Please have the credential holder’s last name and either the credential number or AHIMA ID# ready to complete the online verification process.
Does AHIMA provide digital badges?
AHIMA has joined with Credly, a Pearson Company, to develop a platform that issues digital badges to visually display your accomplishment(s) on social media sites, in your email signature, or on your electronic resume. AHIMA programs using the digital badge platform include the Triumph Awards, AHIMA Fellowships, AHIMA certifications, and HIM Faculty Achievement.
As you achieve an accomplishment, an email will be sent providing instructions on how to access your digital badge and achieve the greatest benefit from the use of the digital badge. View step-by-step instructions on how to share your badge on varying platforms once claimed.
When the badge is clicked, it will show more information about the accomplishment and the necessary requirements you fulfilled to earn it. People can click the link to get a better understanding of your significant achievement.
To recertify, complete the checklist below. For more information, visit the Recertify page.
What is the recertification fee?
If you hold one credential, the recertification fee is $218.
If you hold more than one credential, the first recertification fee is $218 and each additional certification is $50. Upon completion of the requirements, a baccalaureate or higher-level HIM credential (RHIA®) replaces an associate-based HIM credential (RHIT®). Once granted, the baccalaureate-based credential is recognized and CEUs for this credential need only be maintained.
For more information, visit the Recertify page.
Fees for Members and Non-Members
Single Credential (All Members excluding Emeritus Members) - $100.00
Single Credential (Emeritus Members ONLY) - $10.00
Reinstatement Fee (Per Credential) (Members & Non-Members) - $368.00
*All fees are non-refundable*
How do I submit a recertification appeal?
Individuals may appeal the permanent revocation of their credential due to failure to meet CCHIIM recertification requirements. Please submit your appeals via the Recertification Appeal Form. If you are in inactive status and have not been permanently revoked, please refer to the Recertification Guide.
What are qualifying continuing education activities?
The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) accepts CEUs earned through participation in formal educational programs of study that address subject areas related to health informatics and information management.
For qualifying continuing education activities and how to calculate CEUs, visit the Recertify page or read the CCHIIM Recertification Guide.
What should I do if I need more time to recertify?
If you need a recertification extension at the end of your 24-month renewal period, it will be available in your CEU center for a $50 fee per credential.