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American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certification Testing

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CODING EXAM CHANGES PLEASE READ

To accommodate those taking coding exams, AHIMA is extending the 2019 CCA, CCS, and CCS-P exam test dates until August 15, 2020.

AHIMA will also be releasing the 2020 CCA, CCS, and CCS-P exams on 07/01/2020. You can preregister now to take the 2020 CCA, CCS, and CCS-P exams on or after 07/01/2020.

This will allow those that purchased the 2019 code books to test on the 2019 exams and those that purchased the 2020 books to test on the 2020 exams.

Need to know:

  1. You must select the correct exam to match your code books
  2. If you select the 2019 exam and show up to the test center with the 2020 books you will NOT be allowed to test and forfeit your exam fee.
  3. If you select the 2020 exam and show up to the test center with the 2019 books you will NOT be allowed to test and forfeit your exam fee.
  4. The exams are different, they have different questions, and aligned to the correct year code books
  5. 2020 CCS & CCS-P exams are aligned to the 2020 Exam content outline (announced on 1/22/2020)
  6. The name of the exam will include the year of the code books used for example:
    • 2019 Code Books Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam
    • 2020 Code Books Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam
  7. The 2019 exams will NOT be available after 08/15/2020 for ANY reason.
  8. It is YOUR responsibility to register for the correct Exam. If you are confused or have questions, please contact Certification@AHIMA.org before selecting an exam.
  9. The 2020 CCS and CCS-P exams will be launching as beta exams.

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 Certification@AHIMA.org.

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 2020-06-10