The classification and coding process of health care data is an already-complex function that will only continue to increase in complexity. The classification and coding of health care data in a standardized format makes it easy to store, retrieve, and catalogue for statistical and individual uses on an aggregate or granular basis. The accuracy of the coded data affects health care decisions, planning, funding, research, and more. The data is transformed into meaningful information to accelerate improvements in healthcare, health care system performance, and population health across many jurisdictions. Government policymakers use coded data to make policy decisions about our health systems and the care within them.

The Certified Classification and Coding Specialty (CCCS) credential has been developed with two certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professionals in mind:

  1. Early career CHIMs to those with 5-years of coding experience who are interested in deepening their knowledge in the field of classification and coding to advance their career path
  2. Experienced coding and classification professionals (5+ years of experience) who want to challenge a specific exam and have a credential that is specifically aligned to the classification and coding segment of the CHIM profession. 

This certification will give CHIMs who are interested in continuing their education a competitive edge in their job search, as well as greater job satisfaction. It creates a greater assurance for high quality and accurate coding that encourages continuous quality improvement. This credential, along with experience, can be a catalyst to progress your career into roles including, but not limited to, auditors, analysts, and leadership positions.


A candidate must be a graduate of a CCHIM-accredited HIM program, hold an active CHIM credential, and fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Experienced professional: Be currently working in the field of coding and classification (experience eligibility pathway); or
  2. Course graduate: Be a graduate from a CCHIM-approved preparatory Classification and Coding Specialist Program (https://www.echima.ca/cchim/him-program#specialty)


To maintain the CCCS credential, the following requirements must be met: 



HealthCareCAN/CHA Learning has partnered with CHIMA/CCHIM to offer a preparatory course for the Classification and Coding Specialist Certification. The online Coding Specialist Program is estimated to take approximately 120 hours, can be completed flexibly over the course of up to 12 months, and offers participant support from expert coaches from the field.

The HealthCareCAN/CHA Learning program is not a requirement for challenging this exam and gaining this credential, but it is recommended for people in the field.

The Coding Specialist Program provides current coders in the field with the tools and skills to improve their accuracy, consistency, and efficiency. If you have recent acute inpatient care coding experience but think you require further educational training, the Coding Specialist Program could assist you in improving your coding skills in preparation for the Classification and Coding Specialist National Certification Exam.

For more information on the Coding Specialist Program, please visit the CHA Learning website.