Before submitting an application, carefully review the information contained in the Candidate 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 or cancellation of their application will receive a refund of the application fee minus a $75 processing fee.
All applications must be submitted online, and fees must be paid via credit card.
Pearson VUE is AHIMA’s contracted test vendor that administers all AHIMA certification examinations. All certification examinations are delivered in a Pearson VUE proctored test center by means of a computer-based delivery format.
Exam Application Process
|Confirm the name used to register for the exam is an exact match to your identification card(s).|
|Once Authorization to Test (ATT) email arrives from Pearson Vue, verify the information is correct and read the email in its entirety.|
|Schedule an exam with Pearson Vue within your 120-day eligibility window (window starts the day the ATT letter is created).|
Pre-test Day Checklist
The exam eligibility period is 120 calendar days from the application approval date. This means that the exam must be scheduled and taken within those 120 calendar days. If a candidate applies for an exam and is deemed eligible but does not schedule a date to take the exam within the 120 calendar days, the exam application eligibility expires, and the candidate will need to reapply and pay all applicable fees.
You must apply for an extension 14 days prior to your scheduled exam date or 14 days prior to your eligibility end date.
You can apply for extensions in 30-day increments for up to 90 days. The cost for each 30-day increment is $50.
If an applicant has a documented disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and requires test accommodations, the applicant must notify AHIMA in writing each time accommodation is required.
The applicant must personally submit a Request for Accommodation application form and documentation along with the AHIMA examination application to ADA@ahima.org. The materials must be received by the normal application closing date.
Applicants will be notified via email within 14 business days. For questions regarding the ADA process please contact ADA@ahima.org.
Exam Re-take Policy
Candidates who have taken and not passed an examination must wait a minimum of 90 days before their application is approved. To re-take an examination, a candidate must resubmit a new application with the appropriate examination fee. Transcripts are kept on file and do not need to be resubmitted. Candidates who are currently in their retest waiting period are not authorized to schedule an examination appointment until a new authorization to test letter has been issued. AHIMA is not authorized to waive retest periods due to test security policies.
|Acronym||Exam Name||Non-member price||Member price|
|CCA||Certified Coding Associate||$299||$199|
|CCS||Certified Coding Specialist||$399||$299|
|CCS-P||Certified Coding Specialist - Physician Based||$399||$299|
|RHIT||Registered Health Information Technician||$299||$229|
|RHIA||Registered Health Information Administrator||$299||$229|
|CDIP||Certified Documentation Integrity Practitioner||$329||$259|
|CHDA||Certified Health Data Analyst||$329||$259|
|CHPS||Certified Health Privacy Security||$329||$259|