Effective January 1, 2021, AHIMA and the Commission on Certification (CCHIIM) discontinued the mandatory annual self-review requirement for CCA®, CCS®, and CCS-P®. If you hold a single certification (either CCA, CCS, or CCS-P), you will still need to earn 20 CEUs per recertification cycle.
After January 1, 2021, all CCS, CCS-P and CCA credential holders will no longer need to complete an annual self-review. They should still continue to follow the rest of the recertification process.
After March 31, 2021, self-reviews will no longer be available.
To recertify, complete the checklist below. For more information, visit the Recertify page.
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.
Once your transcript is reviewed and eligibility is confirmed, your recertification cycle begins the day your transcript is approved. You will have up to a year from the time the RHIT® or RHIA® exam is passed to submit your transcript.
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.
To proceed with a Temporary Waiver request, please submit your request in writing along with proof of hardship to firstname.lastname@example.org. The acceptable documents are:
AHIMA will not be granting any temporary waiver requests due to COVID-19.
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.
Effective January 1, 2021, the recertification process will no longer include a three-month grace period following the end date of your recertification cycle.
Prior to January 1, 2021, if you had not renewed your certification by the end of your 24-month certification cycle, your status would have been "grace" for 90 days, then "inactive" for 90 days before going to a “revoked” status.
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.