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)


The Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM) is the national credentialing body that holds the requirements for the Certified Classification and Coding Specialist (CCCS) credential. The Classification and Coding Certification Examination tests the candidate’s accuracy in ICD-10-CA and CCI classification and coding of complex cases. The examination questions were built and peer reviewed by industry experts to replicate complex scenarios and situations found in acute care settings.




- Current resume

- Reference letter from current employer outlining classification and coding work experience

- Please submit documentation to exam@echima.ca

- Transcript

Transcripts must state that a candidate has graduated from a CCHIM-accredited HIM program.

CCHIM accepts electronic transcripts only when received directly from an institution. They must be scanned individually as a PDF, saved by ‘lastname_firstname_institution’, and e-mailed to exam@echima.ca 


Both an institution and exam candidate can mail a sealed, original copy to the following address:

Attn: Examinations 
201 King St.
London, Ontario
N6A 1C9




Deadline for application, including required documentation


Limited time offer**

November 18-22, 2019

October 28, 2019

$349.00 + taxes

$199.00 + taxes 

*This fee covers administration of the CCCS examination and online writing service (Examity®). Note: There are no additional fees to your CHIMA Membership to hold this credential.

**Limited time offer: Candidates who register to challenge the CCCS Certification Examination in 2019 will receive the 2019 Classification and Coding Certification Examination Primer and a $150 discount on the examination fee.


The request to withdraw from an examination must be received in writing by the deadlines stated below. A refund of 100% of the examination fee will be provided. No refund will be provided past these deadlines.

Exam Date(s)

Deadline for Withdrawal

November 18-22, 2019

October 28, 2019


The following resources are requirements for challenging the CCCS examination. Examination candidates are responsible for purchasing or arranging access to the following resources, each of which must be preinstalled on the computer, prior to the examination date:

  1.  Canadian Coding Standards (v. 2018) AND
  2.  ICD-10-CA/CCI Folio (v. 2018) software.


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.



Online Proctoring Guidelines (an updated version will be available this fall) 

NCE Policies, Rules and Regulations

November 2019 CCCS NCE Guide (an updated version will be available this fall)