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 including webinars, review courses and books.  Find the review materials that work best for you!


HIMSS exams are delivered via a network of computer-based assessment centers around the world.

Submit an online application

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and candidates will be contacted with instructions on how to make their personal testing reservation.

To locate the testing center nearest you, visit our testing partner website and select the "Locate A Testing Center" icon. Candidates will not be able to make a testing reservation until they have received an Eligibility ID#.

Application Fees

  • HIMSS Individual Organizational Affiliate Member: $190 US
  • HIMSS Regular, Corporate or Student Member: $240 US
  • Non-Member: $315 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)

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?

Exams are administered at Prometric Testing Centers or at select HIMSS events, such as the HIMSS Annual Conference. All candidates must apply and receive an Eligibility ID# before making a reservation to test.

How are exam results reported?

Candidates will receive exam results before leaving their testing session.