Become CAHIMS Certified

Four Steps to Becoming a Certified Associate in Health Information & Management Systems

The application and exam process is outlined below.

Am I qualified for the exam?

To be eligible for the CAHIMS exam, you must have a High school diploma or equivalent

For more information see the eligibility requirements of the CAHIMS Candidate Handbook.

Prepare for the Exam

The CAHIMS Candidate Handbook provides a detailed content outline explaining the content and structure of the exam. The outline will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and focus your preparation.

HIMSS also offers review materials to help candidates prepare for the exam.

For more information on Certification Review materials, please see our overview page.

Two Ways to Apply

To apply for a computer test at an assessment center, eligible candidates must either:

*Online applications require credit card payment for fees.

Application Fees

  • HIMSS Individual Organizational Affiliate Member: $140 US
  • HIMSS Regular, Corporate or Student Member: $175 US
  • Non-Member: $225 US

Chapter-Only and Online-Only members are not eligible for the member rate

Payment may be made by credit card (VISA , MasterCard, American Express or Discover) or by company check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to AMP. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

Fee Reimbursement for Veterans

Fee reimbursement is available for veterans who are eligible for the Montgomery G.I. Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP), Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP) or Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) programs.

For further information on how Veterans may apply for Fee Reimbursment, please see our Certification Fees page.

What's on the exam?

The CAHIMS exam is a two-hour Exam composed of 115 multiple-choice questions, 100 of which are scored. The exam focuses on common knowledge and skills that were identified as being important to competent practice through a job analysis.

Where do I take the exam?

Typically candidates take the exam on a computer at an AMP Assessment Center.

HIMSS also offers group administrations of the exam at events such as the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition. For group administrations, a different application form is required.  For more information, contact

How are exam results reported?

Candidates who take the exam on computer at an AMP Assessment Center receive their score reports before leaving the testing center. Candidates who take the exam in a paper-and-pencil format receive their score reports from AMP by mail approximately five weeks after the examination.



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