COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation:

Testing candidates: Check our COVID-19 Update Page (Opens in new window) to review the health and safety measures in place for testing and find out about any country-specific testing policies.

Appointment availability is limited due to social distancing precautions and varies by location. Please note that our customer service wait-times are also longer than usual right now. For information on rescheduling, refunds, and more, please check out our FAQs.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certification Testing

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certification Testing

Learn more about testing for Essential Services in the U.S. and Canada during COVID-19. See FAQs »

Learn more about Pearson VUE test delivery during COVID-19.

To ensure that all necessary quality assurance, compliance, and security best practices are in place, AHIMA unfortunately needs to push the 2021 CCS and CCS-P examination availability out until June 1st. We understand that this may cause an inconvenience for some and we deeply apologize for this 30-day delay.

Test Preparation

Authorization to Test

AHIMA offers computer based certification exams for the RHIA, RHIT, CCA, CCS, CCS-P, CHDA, CHPS and CDIP credentials. To schedule a testing appointment you must have applied for and received an Authorization to Test letter containing your eligibility number and scheduling information. Candidates will be sent an ATT letter via email from Pearson VUE.

If you have questions concerning your exam application or eligibility requirements, please contact AHIMA at

Exam Preparation

Prior to scheduling your exam, please ensure that your first and last name matches your ATT letter and your two forms of acceptable identification.

Scheduling Information

Candidates who do not schedule and sit for their exam prior to the 4 month eligibility end date will forfeit their exam fee. Schedule your appointment as soon as possible to ensure seat availability.

  • To find test centers and view availability: click Seat Availability
  • If you have an authorization and are ready to schedule your exam: click Sign in

On Examination Day

Pearson VUE Acceptable Forms of Candidate Identification

Universally Accepted Forms of Candidate Identification for candidates testing inside or outside their country of citizenship (Must be in Roman Characters).

  • Passport
  • U. S. Passport Card
  • U.S. Military ID (including military ID for spouses and dependents)

Primary and Secondary IDs must match the ATT letter or candidates will be turned away and forfeit their exam fees.

Primary ID (photograph and signature, not expired)
  • Government-Issued Driver’s License, including temporary licenses with all required elements (refer to “Unacceptable forms of Candidate Identification” for an exception when presented with a Texas driver’s license that carries two expiration dates)
  • U.S. Dept of State Driver’s License
  • U.S. Learner’s Permit (plastic card only with photo and signature)
  • National/State/Country Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Passport cards
  • Military ID
  • Military ID for spouses and dependents
  • Alien Registration Card (Green Card, Permanent Resident Visa)
  • Government-Issued local language ID (plastic card with photo and signature)
  • Employee ID*
  • School ID*
  • Credit Card* (A credit card can be used as a primary form of ID only if it contains both a photo and a signature and is not expired. Any credit card can be used as a secondary form of ID, as long as it contains a signature and is not expired. This includes major credit cards, such as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. It also includes department store and gasoline credit cards.)

*These forms of identification cannot be used as primary identification for Regulatory and Certification candidates unless specifically indicated in the exam sponsor quick reference guide.

Secondary ID (signature, not expired)
  • U.S. Social Security Card
  • Debit/ATM Card
  • Credit Cards
  • any form of ID on the Primary list
  • Arrive at the test center 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time
  • - Primary and Secondary IDs must match the ATT letter or candidates will be turned away and forfeit their exam fees.
  • Present allowable code books (if applicable to your exam)
Last updated 2021-06-11