Maintaining AHIMA certifications involves a required recertification process, highlighting the dedication to staying up to date in the ever-changing field of health information. This process ensures that education standards remain rigorous, consistent, and of high quality. Recertification is proof of the ongoing competence and relevance of AHIMA-certified professionals in today's fast-paced healthcare environment.
Beginning January 1, 2024 updates to the recertification process recently approved by the Certification Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) will take effect. The new policy provides more options for earning CEUs, recognizes a wider range of experiences for CEU reporting, and elevates the authority and credibility of AHIMA certifications.
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CEUs can be entered throughout your two-year recertification cycle and must be entered before the end of your two-year cycle to avoid penalties. We strongly suggest you enter your CEUs as you earn your CEUs during your recertification cycle to ensure accuracy when reporting.
On the last day of your two-year recertification cycle, your account will automatically be reviewed. If all required CEUs have been entered and approved, and the recertification fee has been paid, you will roll over to your next two-year recertification cycle.
If your requirements have not been met by the end of the two-year recertification cycle your account will become inactive. Please review the recertification statuses and the Recertification Guide for additional details.
If you hold one credential, the recertification fee is $218 (non-member).
If you hold more than one credential, the first recertification fee is $218 (non-member) and each additional certification is $50.
Details on recertification fees can be found in the Recertification Guide.
*Please note that membership fees and recertification fees are no longer combined and will be billed separately.
Your certification status is based on meeting the recertification requirements within the two-year recertification cycle.
Details and definitions of the certification status types can be found in the Recertification Guide.
To recertify, complete these steps.
If you hold one credential, the recertification fee is $218. (Non-members.).
If you hold more than one credential, the first recertification fee is $218 (non-members) and each additional certification is $50.
If requiring an extension to meet recertification requirements, a $50 fee is applied for each credential needing an extension.
For any new AHIMA credential earned that supersedes a different AHIMA credential currently held, only CEUs and recertification fees will apply to the new credential to be maintained.
If your credential needs to be reinstated, there will be a $368.00 fee (members and non-members), per credential needing reinstatement.
More information about recertification fee requirements can be found in the Recertification Guide.
You can enter your CEUs throughout your recertification cycle by logging into your MyAHIMA account and visiting the CEU Center located in the “Education and Certification” section.
Individuals may appeal the permanent revocation of their credential due to failure to meet CCHIIM recertification requirements. Please submit your appeals via the Recertification Appeal Form. If your status is inactive and have not been permanently revoked, please refer to the Recertification Guide.
The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) accepts CEUs earned through participation in formal educational programs of study that address subject areas related to health informatics and information management.
For qualifying continuing education activities and how to calculate CEUs, please refer to the Recertification Guide.
If you need a recertification extension at the end of your 24-month renewal period, it will be available in your CEU center for a $50 fee per credential.
AHIMA has special policies and procedures for the following processes:
More details about the process for these special policies and procedures can be found in the Recertification Guide.