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CHIM professionals 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.

There are two ways to become a Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professional in Canada:

  1. By attending an HIM program accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management.
  2. By holding a recognized certification from an international association under reciprocal agreement with the Canadian College of Health Information Management:
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA)
  • Korean Accreditation Board for Health and Medical Information Management Education (KAHIME)

Both of the above pathways require candidates to successfully pass the CHIM National Certification Examination (NCE).


The Canadian College of Health Information Management is the certifying body for health information management (HIM) professionals. Candidates who successfully write the Certified in Health Information Management (CHIM) national certification examination (NCE) earn a CHIM professional designation. This examination assesses the entry-level competencies of graduates of accredited HIM programs. 

Maintenance of certification

The requirements for upholding and maintaining this professional designation are as follows:

  1. Annual membership renewal with the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) 
  2. Upholding of the professional code of ethics
  3. Completion of the required continuing professional education (CPE) credits as per the timeframe set forth in the CPE policy

Failure to meet any of these criteria may result in decertification.

Learn about the CHIM national certification examination

In the CHIM NCE guide the following sections are presented:

  • Section 1: About the CHIM NCE
  • Section 2: Examination application
  • Section 3: Stidying for the examination
  • Section 4: Preparing for examination day
  • Section 5: Writing the examination
  • Section 6: Receiving results