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Certified terminology standards specialists enable effective communication in health care and provide consistency to a fast-paced, evolving industry.

Terminology standards provide the foundation for clinical information sharing and effective communication in health care. Standardized terminologies are required to efficiently share patient records in the interoperable electronic health record and for management of the increasing volume of electronic health information. Terminology standards used in Canada include SNOMED CT, LOINC/pCLOCD, and ICD-10-CA/CCI. 


The Canadian College of Health Information Management is the certifying body for health information management (HIM) professionals. Candidates who successfully complete a terminology standards program accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management may be eligible to receive a CTSS professional designation.

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.