Certification: CAHIMS and CPHIMS

Demonstrate your expertise and experience as a health information and technology professional with CAHIMS or CPHIMS certification from HIMSS. In a field experiencing vast change, it’s important to possess a standard body of knowledge and an up-to-date skill set. HIMSS certifications show you’re well informed and well prepared for what’s next in your career.

Why should you get CAHIMS or CPHIMS certified?

Receiving a HIMSS certification demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of the profession and that you have reached a milestone in your career development.

  • Distinguish yourself in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
  • Expand your career opportunities.
  • Validate your knowledge, competency and credibility.
  • Gain skills and tools to help you make a difference in your organization and community.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to continuing professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Reinforce sustainability in periods of transition.

The Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) certification is a pathway for expanding and diversifying industry knowledge for both early careerists and those with more experience.

The CAHIMS credential will help you:

  • Demonstrate professional knowledge to potential and current employers
  • Establish a solid foundation that will give you an advantage as you strengthen your abilities, acquire more experience and advance your career path


The Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) is a certification program for experienced professionals, acknowledging and honoring their proven expertise and commitment to the field.

The CPHIMS credential will help you:

  • Demonstrate that you meet an international standard of professional knowledge and competence
  • Increase credibility with current and future employers


Candidate Handbooks
Candidate handbooks are complete guides to the examination process. Handbooks contain an overview of the exam and an application, along with information about preparing for, applying for and scheduling to take the exam, and the exam process and scoring.

Learning Plans
Learning plans guide you to useful resources during the self-paced preparation exam or for use during in-person or online review courses. They can also help you establish a weekly schedule while preparing for your exam.

Competency Gap Assessment
The Competency Gap Assessment will help you determine your exam readiness. It can also help identify personal strengths and areas for growth to support your professional development objectives and help acquire or strengthen your skills.

Review Courses and Webinars
Instructor-led, interactive, one-day, in-person review courses, and online review courses and instructional webinars are available.

Contact us for more information, or find upcoming in-person and online review courses and webinars on our Events page.

To apply to take a certification exam, complete the online application. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility, and candidates will be contacted with next steps.

Certification exams are administered at select testing centers and HIMSS events, and candidates receive their results before leaving. All candidates must apply and receive an Eligibility ID# before making a test reservation.

Certification credential renewal is every three years. To renew your certification, either retake and pass the examination or submit a renewal application. Contact us for more information on the renewal process.

To reflect changes in the health information and technology field, HIMSS has updated its existing CAHIMS and CPHIMS exams. Changes have been made to eligibility criteria and the scope of content covered on the exam. Contact us for more information or with any questions.

Learn more about Certification Beta Testing


HIMSS Organizational Affiliate Member: $190 U.S.
HIMSS Member (excludes Chapter Only and Online Only members): $240 U.S.
Non-Member: $315 U.S.
Retake: $150 U.S.
Extension: $100 U.S.
Renewal Member: $150 U.S.
Renewal Non-Member: $215 U.S.


HIMSS Organizational Affiliate Member: $375 U.S.
HIMSS Member: $405 U.S.
Non-Member: $525 U.S.
Retake: $250 U.S.
Extension: $100 U.S.
Renewal Member: $250 U.S.
Renewal Non-Member: $350 U.S.

Veterans Exam Fee Reimbursement
HIMSS offers exam fee reimbursement for U.S. veterans. To be reimbursed, you must be eligible for the Montgomery G.I. Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, Veterans Education Assistance Program or Dependents Educational Assistance programs. For more information about the benefit and eligibility requirements, contact your assigned Veterans Affairs office or contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

*Information and management systems experience includes work in the following areas: systems analysis; design; selection, implementation, support and maintenance; testing and evaluation; privacy and security; information systems; clinical informatics; management engineering
**A healthcare setting includes experience with a provider of health services or products to a healthcare facility (e.g., hospital, healthcare consulting firm, market supplier; federal, state or local government; academic institution, payer, public health)