Preparing for the exam
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 aid in their 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 6 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.
Don’t underestimate the breadth of knowledge you need to successfully pass the exam. Study, study, study!