About the Exam

Exam information

Becoming a CHIA involves sitting and passing the CHIA exam

  • Covering 6 competency areas and 52 competencies
  • 104 multiple choice questions – 2 questions on each competency at various levels of difficulty
  • Exam is completed online
  • Exam duration – 2.5 hours max
  • Exam questions are selected at random (ie students re-sitting the exam will not be given the same questions as the first time they sat the exam)
  • Managed by an Examination Committee comprising senior Australasian health informaticians
Competencies

What will I be tested on?

The content of the exam is based on Australia’s 52 health informatics competencies. It is important that you familiarise yourself with this document in your exam preparation.

The CHIA competency framework was developed by academic leaders in the health informatics field, following extensive research and comparative modelling of health and biomedical informatics competencies from across the globe. Designed with a focus on the Australian Healthcare system, the Framework is the backbone to Australia’s industry certification for health informaticians.

CHIA certification, based on these competencies, plays a key role in raising the profile of health informaticians, contributing to a wider recognition of the health informatics profession, and defining more clearly the body of knowledge underpinning this discipline.

Framework

There are 6 domains of expertise that health informaticians know. The CHIA exam covers all 6 areas, as shown on the table. For detailed information of the competencies framework, click here.

Domain of Expertise Description Competencies
Information and Communication Technology Information technology in general, not limited to healthcare, though the principles certainly apply to healthcare 5
Health and Biomedical Science Healthcare systems and practice and basic biomedical science concepts 10
Information Science Information systems in general, not limited to healthcare, though the principles certainly apply to healthcare 8
Management Science Governance and management of systems development, change management, business practices and organisational strategy at all levels 5
Core Principles and Methods Health informatics theoretical foundations, practice and applications 20
Human and Social Context Human and social context related to healthcare and the systems of healthcare including issues of clinical practice, consumers and legal requirements 4
Total 52

What will I be tested on?

The content of the exam is based on Australia’s 52 health informatics competencies. It is important that you familiarise yourself with this document in your exam preparation.
The CHIA competency framework was developed by academic leaders in the health informatics field, following extensive research and comparative modelling of health and biomedical informatics competencies from across the globe. Designed with a focus on the Australian Healthcare system, the Framework is the backbone to Australia’s industry certification for health informaticians.
CHIA certification, based on these competencies, plays a key role in raising the profile of health informaticians, contributing to a wider recognition of the health informatics profession, and defining more clearly the body of knowledge underpinning this discipline.

Detailed information of the competencies framework can be found here

Competency areas

Information and Communication Technology

Information technology in general, not limited to healthcare, though the principles certainly apply to healthcare

5 competencies

Health and Biomedical Science

Healthcare systems and practice and basic biomedical science concepts

10 competencies

Information Science

Information systems in general, not limited to healthcare, though the principles certainly apply to healthcare

8 competencies

Management Science

Governance and management of systems development, change management, business practices and organisational strategy at all levels.

5 competencies

Core Principles and Methods

Health informatics theoretical foundations, practice and applications.

20 competencies

Human and Social Context

Human and social context related to healthcare and the systems of healthcare including issues of clinical practice, consumers and legal requirements.

4 competencies

Preparing for the exam

Don’t underestimate the breadth of knowledge you need to successfully pass the exam. Study, study, study!

CHIA Alumni

Preparing for the exam: The content of the exam is based on the 52 health informatics competencies

The content of the exam is based on Australia’s 52 health informatics competencies.

On registration, candidates will be given a copy of the CHIA Examination Study Guide and the CHIA Candidate Instruction Handbook. The Study Guide provides a list of reading resources that address each tested competency. Exam candidates are advised to prepare for the CHIA exam by reviewing the references listed in the Study Guide in conjunction with the competencies. The Handbook provides further details to candidates on everything they need to know about preparing for the CHIA Exam.

While it is not mandatory, many candidates choose to purchase the CHIA Practitioner’s Guide to use as their predominant source of material to study.

As health informatics is a broad field, candidates come from a variety of backgrounds and have various strengths in their health informatics knowledge. Candidates may need to study more in one competency domain than another. Candidates must make their own judgement of their level of readiness to sit the exam. The best advice we can give candidates is from the CHIA Alumni – “Don’t underestimate the breadth of knowledge you need to successfully pass the exam. Study, study, study!”

As the exam is delivered online, candidates will be notified of their result immediately following exam completion, including the scores achieved in each of the 7 competency domains. This information can be used to help focus their study efforts for the second sitting of the exam.

If the candidate does not pass, they are able to take the exam a second time within the original 90 day period.