CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION 

CHIMA’s philosophy on Professional Development, as stated in tenet six of the Code of Ethics, is for members “to strive to improve one’s professional knowledge and competence through continuing education and lifelong learning.”

The CCHIM mandatory Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program was put in place to achieve the goal of ensuring Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professionals are up to date on current professional practice.

As a standard, many professional associations require their members to engage in lifelong learning. The Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM) mandatory Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program was put in place to encourage continuous learning and professional development among Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professionals. The completion of educational sessions or professional development programs enhances current skills, expands knowledge in a specific area, and contributes to professional growth.

CCHIM requires all active certified members to participate in mandatory continuing professional education as defined by the governing regulations, to maintain their professional certification. This is an integral part of membership.

All certified members are required to:

  1. Maintain the required number of Continued Professional Education (CPE) credits according to the CCHIM credentials you hold
  2. Document your CPE activity
  3. Retain proof of all activities entered for auditing*
  4. Pay CHIMA active certified membership dues on an annual basis

*CCHIM performs audits annually on those CPE cycles ending during that period. Members are expected to retain proof or evidence for three years following the end of the 3-year cycle for each activity accumulated to submit to CCHIM for auditing purposes.

CPE TRACKING. 

SIMPLE.  MORE EFFECTIVE.

Note: This process has changed as of March 1, 2019.  The revised policy is simplified, better organized, and more comprehensive, allowing more forms of CPE credits.  

New members of the profession

As the certifying body, CCHIM encourages newly certified HIM® professionals to start earning CPE credits immediately upon passing the NCE. Prior to the start of their first cycle, newly certified members may begin participating in CPE activities and claim them in the first month of their cycle start. Certified members are required to keep record of their CPE credits. It is recommended members use the downloadable CPE tracking tool (see below for more information).

Examples of CPE cycle tracking for new members to the profession:

NCE challenge date                                 CPE cycle start date

January                                                          March 1                                              

April                                                               March 1 (Following Year)

July                                                                 March 1 (Following Year)

September                                                     March 1 (Following Year)

November                                                     March 1 (Following Year)

For example, if your exam date is July 2019, your CPE tracking cycle official starts March 1, 2020. 

Category tracking:

On March 1, 2019, we simplified the CPE categories, moving from 9 categories and 31 sub categories to 6 broader categories.

Work to streamline the online CPE tracking system continues. In the interim, we developed a downloadable, easy-to-use tool for members to track CPE credits. This tool is an Excel document organized to offer quick selection of the new CPE categories while tabulating the CPE credits when entered. There are examples provided within the CPE Tracking Tool. 

CPE cycles ending February 28, 2019: Please log in to the Members Only area to track credits in the online system. 

CPE cycles ending after March 1, 2019: Please download the CPE Tracking Tool to track credits.  Members are only required to track CPE credits in the Excel CPE Tracking Tool, please do not track your CPE credits in the online tracking system.

Members using the CPE Tracking Tool must submit CPE Tracking Tool with entered credits to cpe@echima.ca by March 1, 2020.

All certified members must earn the required number of CPE credits within the three (3) year cycle. Please refer to the table below for the number of mandatory CPE credits required, according to the credential(s) you hold.

CHIMA Credential(s)

Required CPE credits per 3-year cycle

CHIM*

 36

CHIM* + CCDI

 48

CHIM* + CCCS

 48

CHIM* + CTSS

 48

CHIM* + CCDI + CCCS

 60

CHIM* + CCCS + CTSS

 60

CHIM* + CTSS + CCDI

 60

CHIM* + CCCS + CTSS + CCDI

 72

CTSS

 12

CCDI

 12

CCDI + CTSS

 24



 *All CHIM professionals are required to earn a minimum of 36 CPE credits over a three (3) year period. It is expected that certified members will choose CPE activities to support areas that will benefit an HIM professional. Of the 36 CPE credits, a minimum of 80% (or 29 credits) must be HIM-related.

Members who are non-compliant with the CPE Policy will be decertified. Members who are decertified due to non-compliance with the policy must provide proof of compliance prior to recertification.

Click HERE to download a copy of the new Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Policy.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the new CPE Policy or CPE Tracking Tool.


Continuing Professional Education Policy:

Click HERE to download a copy of the 2019 Continuing Professional Education Policy

Click HERE to download a copy of the 2015 Continuing Professional Education Policy

CPE Credit Tracking Tool

Click HERE to download a copy of the CPE Credit Tracking Tool