Certification Beta Test

To reflect changes in the healthcare information and technology field, HIMSS has updated our existing CPHIMS and CAHIMS exams. Changes are being made to eligibility criteria and the scope of content covered on the exam. Review a complete list of changes for CPHIMS and CAHIMS.

Where will I take the beta exam?

HIMSS – Arlington Office
4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22203-4168

Arlington Dates and Session Times*:

October 25, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
November 1, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

HIMSS – Chicago Office

33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Chicago Dates and Session Times*:

October 29, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm CT
October 31, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm CT

*All sessions must have a minimum of five (5) people. If your selected session does not fill up, you will be asked to move to another session.

The HIMSS Houston Chapter is also offering a session on October 26, 2019. For more information on this session, please contact certification@himss.org.

What’s the cost?

For a complete list of costs, please visit our website. If you do not pass the beta examination, there will be no charge to retake the exam a second time.

How do I get prepared for the exam?

Participants will be given the updated exam specifications for CPHIMS and CAHIMS as well as a list of references to study. You will need to bring your own laptop and it must be a Windows-enabled operating system. If you do not have a Windows-enabled laptop, please email us so we can make arrangements for you.

The beta test will have more questions than the standard exam, but you will be granted additional time to provide answers. All candidates will be sent their results 6-8 weeks after the exam.

CPHIMS Eligibility Criteria

Beginning with applications submitted after November 1, 2019, candidates will need to meet the following criteria:

To qualify to take the CPHIMS examination and earn CPHIMS certification, you must either:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and
  • Have five years of information and management systems* experience, with three of those years in a healthcare setting**.

OR

  • Hold a graduate degree or higher from an accredited college or university and
  • Have three years of information and management systems* experience, with two of those years in a healthcare setting**.

OR

  • NEW - Have at least ten years of information and management systems* experience, with eight of those years in a healthcare setting**.

AND

  • NEW - All candidates without a degree, or whose degree was not awarded in the past five years will need to document at least 45 hours of continuing education in healthcare information technology, digital health, or informatics, specifically covering content found on the CPHIMS Detailed Content Outline.

Candidates will be required to submit a current CV or resume supporting their experience, along with official documentation of their current job description, as well as a listing of the 45 hours of continuing education, should their degree be over 5 year old. Documents are subject to random audit and verification.

What does the updated CPHIMS exam look like?

Beginning with the beta exam and all exams administered after February 1, 2020, a new content area of Clinical Informatics has been added. The exam is broken down into four (4) content areas:

  • Healthcare and Technology Environments – 25%
  • Clinical Informatics – 20%
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems (includes: Analysis; Design; Selection, Implementation, Support and Management; Testing and Evaluation; Privacy and Security) – 30%
  • Management and Leadership – 25%

CAHIMS Eligibility Criteria

Beginning with applications submitted after November 1, 2019, candidates will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent AND
  • NEW - Have at least 45 hours of continuing education in healthcare information technology, digital health, or informatics, specifically covering content found on the CAHIMS Detailed Content Outline. These hours must come from an accredited college or university or HIMSS or a HIMSS-Approved Provider of Education or a HIMSS Approved Education Partner and be taken within the past five (5) years. CAHIMS candidates will be asked to submit a listing of the courses taken to meet this requirement, which are subject to random audit and verification. Details can be found in the CAHIMS Candidate Handbook.

What does the updated CAHIMS exam look like?

Beginning with exams administered after February 1, 2020, a new content area of Clinical Informatics has been added.
The exam is broken down into four (4) content areas:

  • Healthcare and Technology Environments – 27%
  • Clinical Informatics – 26%
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems (includes: Analysis; Design; Selection, Implementation, Support and Management; Testing and Evaluation; Privacy and Security) – 33%
  • Management and Leadership – 14%

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