Certification brings greater trust to Canadians’ health information
Certification signals to employers that a health information professional is credible and has a demonstrated commitment to the industry.
Certified professionals in health information are overseen by the Canadian College of Health Information Management and must adhere to a professional code of ethics. They become part of the professional registry and are eligible to use their professional designation(s) after their name (e.g., Mary Smith, CHIM).
Certification may be a requirement within organizations and can lead to greater earning potential or career advancement opportunities.
A Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professional is competent in many different practice areas, including information governance, data quality, clinical knowledge, analytics, privacy, and technology.
A Health Information-Certified Associate (HICA) professional is competent in many different practice areas, including clinical knowledge, professionalism in health care, health care office management, health care technology, and health care systems.
A certified specialist is recognized in industry for their particular area of expertise. Certifications are currently available for classification and coding (CCCS), terminology standards (CTSS), and clinical documentation improvement (CCDIS).
Certifications offered by the Canadian College of Health Information Management
Certified Health Information Management
CHIM professionals have a focused understanding of the following practice areas: information governance, quality, medical terminology, analytics, technology, and privacy. They provide leadership and critical perspectives on the collection, protection, and access to health data.
Health Information-Certified Associate
Health Information-Certified Associates have a focused understanding of various practice areas. These include information governance, quality, medical terminology, analytics, technology, and privacy. They provide leadership and critical perspectives on the collection, protection, and access to health data.
Certified Terminology Standards Specialist
Terminology standards specialists lead effective health information communication, assist with electronic health record systems, and provide clarity to a fast-paced and evolving industry.
Certified Classification and Coding Specialist
Classification and coding specialists decipher clinical documentation and input a person’s health data. This data influences decision making at organizational, provincial/territorial, and national levels.
To learn about the recertification process for inactive certified professional members, visit the recertification page.