CCS-Ps are coding practitioners who:
The employment outlook for CCS-Ps is highly favorable, considering the growth of managed care and the movement of health services delivery beyond the hospital setting. Professionals performing coding in a doctor's office, clinic, or similar setting should consider obtaining the CCS-P certification to testify to their capabilities. The CCS-P certification exam assesses mastery-level proficiency in coding rather than entry-level skills.
Candidates must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
Earlier this year AHIMA began taking steps to better protect your data and improve the security and privacy of customer information. As part of this effort, effective November 1st we will no longer accept paper exam applications. In addition, after December 1 we will no longer accept paper checks.
We will be transitioning to an ACH system at the beginning of 2020, which will allow you to pay via electronic fund transfer. Until we make this transition, we will only accept credit cards.
You can complete an online application at https://my.ahima.org/certification/getcertified
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Before submitting an application, carefully review the information contained in this guide. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure eligibility before submitting the application. Applicants who are determined to be ineligible and submit an ineligible application or request withdrawal of their application, will receive a refund of the application fee minus a $75 processing fee.
Applicants may register online or by submitting a paper application.
International applicants, please make sure you submit the Global exam application.
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A candidate’s eligibility period is defined in the Authorization to Test letter (ATT) as a four-month window in which candidates are required to schedule their exam appointment. Candidates who fail to schedule an examination appointment within their eligibility period indicated in their ATT will forfeit their application fee. A complete application and examination fee are required to reapply for the examination.
Candidates arriving at the test center 15 minutes after the scheduled appointment will not be allowed to test and will forfeit the testing fee. A complete application and examination fee are required to reapply for the examination.
A certification examination is based on an explicit set of competencies. These competencies have been determined through a job analysis study conducted of practitioners. The competencies are divided into domains and tasks as shown in the PDF below. Examinations test only content pertaining to the following competencies.
The CCS-P exam is only offered outside the U.S. at specific times during the year. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The exam dates for 2019 are:
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After you submit your exam application and your application fee is processed, you will receive an Authorization to Test letter with instruction on how to select your exam appointment.
Retest Policy (For testing outside the US only):
Candidates who have taken and failed the examination must wait a minimum of 165 days before your application will be processed. To retake the examination, candidates must resubmit a new application with appropriate exam application fee.
Individuals who took the beta version of the CCS-P exam this year should be advised that beta testers are expected to receive their test results no later than October 10, 2019.
Waiting for a test score is never easy, and we are sorry for the extended wait that results from beta exams.
While the certification portion of our website did contain a notice about the extended beta period at the time of exam registration, we understand that people feel that they were inadequately informed by AHIMA. We are re-evaluating the way we present information about the beta tests on our web site going forward to avoid future confusion. We are also re-evaluating the communication we provide to Program Directors to avoid confusion with new graduates and potential/current employers.
It's important to point out that the beta exam testers serve an important professional function. They help to evaluate the specific credential's testing process so that AHIMA can create the best possible exam, and for that we thank them.
Individuals who take (non-beta period) exams do receive their results the same day. Beta exam testers have never received their results on the same day.
We are not able to provide immediate scoring for beta testers because the version of the exam they took was a "beta exam" that requires a certain number of test takers to calibrate the scores. The beta exam contains new questions that have not yet been analyzed by a psychometrician.
On a beta exam, we use the statistical results of how candidates answer the questions to evaluate and select the best questions for the next exam publication. This process requires more time to score the beta test than it does a "normal" exam and test takers who take the beta exam can expect to get their results within 12-24 weeks of taking the test.
The reason why AHIMA uses the beta process is that we want to ensure that the exam is developed in a valid way and ensure that exam security practices are stringently enforced. We believe this method of test development is the best way of accomplishing this goal, and our view is supported by credentialing industry sources such as the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.
Thank you for your patience.