Certification Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements are changing as of January 1, 2020.

Please note which timeframe you will be applying for the exam.

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

  • Have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent.

For detailed information on CAHIMS eligibility requirements, refer to the CAHIMS Candidate Handbook.

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

  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent and
  • 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. 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.

For detailed information on CAHIMS eligibility requirements, refer to the CAHIMS Candidate Handbook.

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**.

For detailed information on CPHIMS eligibility requirements, please refer to the CPHIMS Candidate Handbook.

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

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

AND

  • 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.

For detailed information on CPHIMS eligibility requirements, please refer to the CPHIMS Candidate Handbook.

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