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Continuing professional education program
A commitment of lifelong learning

The continuing professional education (CPE) program is in place to ensure health information professionals enhance their skills and expand their knowledge for the duration of their career.

Professional development offerings are made available through the Canadian Health Information Management Association. CHIMA’s philosophy on professional development, as stated in tenet six of the code of ethics, is for members “to strive to improve one’s professional knowledge and competence through continuing education and lifelong learning.” 

CPE program governance

The CPE program policy guides professional members in determining the number of CPE credits a CPE activity is worth. The CPE program policy was revised on March 1, 2019. The CPE categories have been simplified into six (6) broad categories. If professional members are non-compliant with the CPE policy, the College reserves the right to withdraw the use of professional designation(s) and decertify the member.

CHIMA’s professional members have three requirements in order to uphold their certification and use a professional designation. They are:

  1. Adhere to the code of ethics;
  2. Maintain continuous learning through the CPE program; and
  3. Invest in the profession through annual membership.

Depending on the certification(s) members have, there is a required number of CPE credits to achieve over a three-year period (CPE cycle). During this time, the following must be adhered to:

  • Documentation of CPE activity
  • Proof of all activities entered for auditing purposes* 

 The College performs CPE audits annually and at random to ensure professional members meet the requirements set forth in the CPE program policy. After a CPE cycle is complete, members are expected to retain proof of participation for each activity, for an additional three years.

NOTE: If a CHIMA offering has been automatically recorded under category 1 in a person’s CPE record, these will be amended as required when the College performs auditing.

Terms of reference

CPEThe acronym for continuing professional education
CPE activityA professional development offering. (.e.g., conference, event, program)
CPE creditA unit displayed to acknowledge the value of a CPE activity once it’s been completed
CPE cycleA three-year period whereby professional members need to accrue CPE credits to maintain their certification(s)
Cycle start dateThe College begins CPE cycles March 1st of each year
Cycle end dateA member’s cycle will end on February 28/29th three years after their start date commences
Accumulation periodThis is a complimentary time allotment to bridge a member’s certification date, to the members first cycle start date. 

Example: John Smith receives notice on July 18, 2019 that he is now a Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professional. Effective July 18, 2019, John can start accumulating CPE credits for submission when his first cycle start date begins on March 1, 2020.
CPE auditA review of professional members’ CPE activity submissions.

CPE credit requirements

Please reference the table below to determine how many CPE credits are required to uphold certification(s).

CPE credit requirements

Please reference the table below to determine how many CPE credits are required to uphold certification(s).

Professional designationCPE credits required per CPE cycle

Frequently asked questions

Why have the policy categories for the CPE program changed?

With the assistance of a national volunteer group, the College examined best practices from other organizations on tracking continuing education. These categories are now more comprehensive. This will allow for the acceptance of a broad range of CPE activities. To be more inclusive, the policy no longer names specific vendors.

Where can I view CPE activities that I previously submitted?

At this time, previously submitted activities are only visible to CHIMA administrators. You will soon be able to see your current cycle history.

I want to submit new CPE activities. Where can I do this?

Please follow these steps: 

  1. Navigate to the top right of your screen to log in. Then click on the dropdown menu beside your name (in the top right) and select ‘My dashboard.’
  2. Scroll down and click ‘Manage’ in the ‘My College certifications‘ section.
  3. Click on ‘View’ in ‘My CPE record.’

You’ll have the ability to look at your current cycle status, manually submit new activities, and view your CPE record for anything that has been entered beginning April 27, 2020.

Can I enter activities that happened in the past?

Yes, with the following requirements: 

  1. They happened in your current cycle 
  2. You haven’t submitted them before (e.g., in the manual Excel tracking tool)

Can I edit my manual submissions?

No. Only CHIMA Administrators may edit a submission. Please contact [email protected]

When do CPE activities automatically get tracked?

When you are taking a CHIMA-hosted professional development offering (e.g., course, series, PPB quiz, or education session) you will notice a purple bar displaying how many credits that activity is worth. Upon completion, you can check your CPE record to confirm this has gone through.

How do I determine the number of credits an activity is worth?

Please refer to the CPE program policy.

How do I determine the appropriate category for my activity?

Please refer to the CPE program policy.

Do I need to submit proof of my activities?

A file upload is not mandatory. If audited by the College, proof of completion is required. All professional members must have proof of their activities for both their current cycle and previous cycle.

My CPE cycle history indicates that my submissions have all been approved. Is this the case?

All submissions are approved pending audit from the Canadian College of Health Information Management.