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Health Information-Certified Associates have a focused understanding of various practice areas.

These include clinical knowledge, professionalism in health care, health care office management, health care technology, and health care systems.


The Canadian College of Health Information Management is the certifying body for health information professionals. Candidates who successfully write the Health Information-Certified Associate (HICA) national certification examination (NCE) earn a HICA 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.

Accreditation now available

Contact the Canadian College of Health Information Management to learn more about accreditation.

Learn about the HICA national certification examination

In the HICA NCE guide the following sections are presented:

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