Maintaining your CHIA Certification
Maintaining currency of your health informatics knowledge, skills and experience is as important as gaining it in the first place.
Your CHIA credential is for a three-year period only (for the majority of CHIAs*) after which it must be renewed or it lapses. During this time, you are required to undertake a minimum amount of continuing professional development (CPD) activities in health informatics to maintain your certification.
The CHIA Recertification Program assures that certified professionals have undertaken maintenance activities to demonstrate sufficient and ongoing CHIA competence. The good news is that you don’t have to take the exam again. 🙂
* CHIAs who obtained their certification during the first year of the program will have extra time to complete their CPD activities to maintain certification.
To maintain and be eligible to renew your CHIA credential, you must:
- Earn 60 CPD points during your 3-year recertification cycle by participating in professional education activities. Accredited education events can be viewed here.
- Maintain a record of your CPD activity and points.
- Report your CPD points to the CHIA Program Officer (upon receiving a request for renewal) and ensure your recertification fee is paid before your expiration date.
Renewal of your certification will be granted upon confirmation that you have completed the required CPD by the end of your recertification cycle accompanied by payment of your renewal fee. Without recertification, you will not be able to continue to use your CHIA credential after your expiration date. The exact date you are required to do this by will be communicated directly to you by the CHIA Program Officer.
CHIA Renewal Process Steps
Qualifying CPD Activities and Points
To remain certified and to continue to use the CHIA post nominals, you are required to obtain 60 CPD points during your 3-year recertification cycle. There are 7 categories of CPD activities which CPD points can be earned:
- Category 1: CPD Points through event participation
- Category 2: Academic and Vocational Education
- Category 3: Presentations
- Category 4: Publication and/or Research
- Category 5: Professional Service
- Category 6: CHIA Exam Question Writing
- Category 7: Reviewing Publications
Of the 60 CPD points that must be earned within the recertification cycle, a minimum of 50% of CPD points must be earned through HISA, HIMAA or ACHI activities. Calculation of CPD points (for event attendance) is based upon clock hours, with one (1) CPD point awarded for each 60 minutes of participation.
Recording and Reporting CPD Activities
Recording Your CPD Points
CHIAs must keep their own records of CPD activities and points using the journal downloaded from here ➥. A copy of this must be submitted as evidence of having undertaken the requisite amount of relevant CPD activity. Further documentation may be requested to validate the journal entries if required.
Reporting Your CPD Points
To renew your certification, you must report your CPD points and pay the recertification fee online. You will be sent a reminder 12 months, 6 months and 3 months prior to expiry of your certification.
ACHI, HISA or HIMAA Member Fee - $175
Non-Member Fee - $250
Reinstatement of Credential
Individuals whose credential has been revoked or expired may only be reinstated through re-taking and passing the CHIA exam.
A percentage of recertification applications will be randomly selected for audit. If you are selected for audit you will be required to provide your detailed portfolio of evidence of all CPD activity reported.
For more information about recording and reporting CPD activities, along with CPD Points, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should I keep my CHIA current?
You’ve done the hard-yards by studying for and successfully passing the CHIA exam. Don’t let your success be short-lived. Continuing professional development is important because it assures you continue to be competent as a health informatician and especially given the rapid pace of change of technology and digital health innovation. Maintaining your CHIA credential delivers a bundle of benefits:
- Return on investment from the high value of being a CHIA
- Professional prestige that helps you remain competitive in a tough job market
- Demonstration of your ongoing commitment and competence in health informatics
- Growth and support of CHIA by individuals benefits the profession and industry as a whole through recognition of the health informatics profession
- Networking opportunities with your peers who share your level of expertise
Plus, without recertification you must cease to use your CHIA credential after your expiration date. As long as you don’t let your credential lapse, you will avoid needing to re-sit the CHIA exam. Failure to renew by your expiration date will require re-sitting the CHIA exam to re-instate your CHIA credential.
Can I use CPD points earned through organisations other than HIMAA, HISA and ACHI?
Yes. The CHIA Exam Committee will accept CPD points earned through other organisations provided they are valid CPD activities and are relevant to health informatics.
When do I renew?
Your CHIA credential must be renewed every three years. The CHIA Program Officer will contact you to request your confirmation of completion of the necessary CPD points and payment of renewal fees. We will send you reminders at 12, 6 and 3 months prior to expiration of your certification.
Do CPD points carry over from one triennium to another?
No. You can only claim CPD points earned during your current 3-year recertification cycle.
What happens if I do not renew on time?
If you fail to renew on time, your certification will be revoked. Once your certification is revoked, you are no longer certified and your certification can only be reinstated by re-taking and passing the CHIA exam.
Is there a cost to retain my certification?
Renewal fees will be invoiced to CHIAs and must be paid within the due date specified to avoid lapsed certification. Fees are:
ACHI, HISA or HIMAA Member Fee : $175
Non-Member Fee: $250
How can I earn CPD points?
HISA, HIMAA and ACHI offer many opportunities to earn CPD points through conferences, meetings, events, webinars and other activities that qualify for CPD points. Look for the CHIA CPD logo on the relevant schedule of events.
How can I find out how many CPD points I have earned so far?
Individuals must track their own CPD points earned during a CPD cycle. CHIA does not track your participation in professional development activities.
What should I do with my CPD documentation?
You are NOT required to submit your full CPD documentation at the time of renewal. You are required to submit your CPD journal only and your accompanying fee.
However, you must save your CPD records and associated evidence documentation in a safe place in the event you are contacted for an audit.
What if I do not have enough CPD points to renew and maintain my certification?
If you do not have the required CPD points by the end of your CPD period, your certification will be revoked. Once your certification is revoked, you are no longer certified and your certification can only be reinstated by re-taking and passing the CHIA exam. The CHIA Exam Committee provides the opportunity to request an extension or waiver in extenuating circumstances.
What happens if I’m audited?
In order to ensure high standards of competency and continuing professional development, CHIA will conduct random audits. If audited, you will be required to provide documented proof of all CPD activity within thirty (30) days of notification. If you are unable to provide documented proof within thirty (30) days, your certification will be considered revoked.
If all documents are complete and the appropriate number of CPD points is accounted, you will be notified that your recertification is valid and will be issued an updated certificate within two (2) weeks of your notification of validity. If it is determined that some CPD points are not applicable, the CHIA Exam Committee may allow additional time for you to submit or earn additional replacement CPD points.
What are some examples of how I can earn CHIA recertification points by CPD activity?
|CPD Category||Provider/Source||Activity Description||Points|
| Event Participation||HISA||Australian Telehealth Conference 2017 - attended both days||12|
| Presentations||HIMAA Conference||Guest speaker on information management in aged care provision (60 minutes)||4|
| Publications/Research||ACHI||Authored an article published in e-Journal of Health Informatics on the use of health ICT to manage medications in a primary care setting||5|
| Event Participation||HISA||Attended a 2-hour seminar on the fundamental elements of clinical decision support systems||2|
What are some examples of evidence I should retain?
|Proof of attendance at a conference||
|Delivered a presentation||