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Eligibility and dates



To become a Health Information-Certified Associate (HICA) professional in Canada, candidates must be a graduate of a Health Information Associate program accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management.

All pathways require candidates to write the HICA national certification examination (NCE).

Upcoming examination dates

The 2023 HICA NCE dates are as follows:

Examination period*Application, payment & transcript deadlinePricing
September 18 – 22, 2023September 4, 2023$269.00 + taxes
November 20 – 24, 2023November 6, 2023$269.00 + taxes
January 15-19, 2024January 1, 2024$269.00 + taxes
* An examination period may be extended to provide more date options to candidates based on the volume of applications the College receives. Additional dates and times will be added as required.

Applications and transcripts will not be reviewed prior to the application deadline. 

Request to withdraw

The request to withdraw from an examination must be received in writing by the deadlines stated below. A refund of 100% of the examination fee will be provided. No refund will be provided past these deadlines.

Examination periodDeadline for withdrawal
September 18 – 22, 2023September 4, 2023
November 20 – 24, 2023November 6, 2023
January 15-19, 2024January 1, 2024