CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM 

The Canadian College of Health Information Management (College) is the registering and regulatory body for the HIM practice and profession in Canada. The College is responsible for setting and upholding the standards for education, certification, and accreditation across the country.

The continuing professional education (CPE) program is in place to ensure health information professionals enhance their skills and expand their knowledge for the duration of their career.

Professional development offerings are made available through the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA). 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.” 

CPE PROGRAM GOVERNANCE

The CPE program’s policy guides professional members in determining the number of CPE credits a CPE activity is worth. The CPE program policy was revised on March 1, 2019. The CPE categories have been simplified into six (6) broad categories. If professional members are non-compliant with the CPE policy, the College reserves the right to withdraw the use of professional designation(s) and decertify the member.  

CHIMA’s professional members have three requirements in order to uphold their certification and use a professional designation. They are:

  1. Adhere to the CHIMA Code of Ethics;
  2. Maintain continuous learning through the CPE program; and
  3. Invest in the profession through annual membership

Depending on the certification(s) members have, there is a required number of CPE credits to achieve over a three-year period (CPE cycle). During this time, the following must be adhered to:

  • Documentation of CPE activity
  • Proof of all activities entered for auditing purposes* 
 
The College performs CPE audits annually and at random to ensure professional members meet the requirements set forth in the CPE program’s policy. After a CPE cycle is complete, members are expected to retain proof of participation for each activity, for an additional three years.
  

TERMS OF REFERENCE


TERM DEFINITION
CPE The acronym for continuing professional education
CPE activity A professional development offering. (.e.g., conference, event, program)
CPE credit A unit displayed to acknowledge the value of a CPE activity once it's been completed
CPE cycle

A three-year period whereby professional members need to accrue CPE credits to maintain their certification(s)

Cycle start date

The College begins CPE cycles March 1st of each year

Cycle end date

A member's cycle will end on February 28/29th three years after their start date commences

Accumulation period

This is a complimentary time allotment to bridge a member’s certification date, to the members first cycle start date.

Example: John Smith receives notice on July 18, 2019 that he is now a Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professional. Effective July 18, 2019, John can start accumulating CPE credits for submission when his first cycle start date begins on March 1, 2020.
CPE audit A review of professional members’ CPE activity submissions.

 

CPE CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

Please reference the table below to determine how many CPE credits are required to uphold certification(s).

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS

CPE CREDITS REQUIRED PER CPE 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

 

 

  



















CPE TRACKING TOOL

All professional members are required to keep a record of their CPE credits. Please do not track new credits on the current echima.ca website. The new online platform is launching this spring 2020 and will have an automated CPE tracking tool. Until then, the College requests all professional members to log their credits using this manual Excel tracking tool.

In the manual Excel tracking tool, the ‘CPE Assignment Tracking’ tab is for entering CPE activities, and the ‘Examples’ tab assists with determining the number of CPE credits which should be applied relative to the CPE program policy. 

Note: Members who have previously added CPE activities to the current echima.ca website, are not required to re-record these submissions in the manual Excel tracking tool.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

The College requests professional members to submit their manual Excel tracking tool by February 29, 2020 to cpe@echima.ca. The College will notify professional members when the merge of the data is complete.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why have the CPE program’s policy categories changed?

With the assistance of a national volunteer group, the College examined best practices from other organizations on tracking continuing education. These categories are now more comprehensive. This will allow for the acceptance of a broad range of CPE activities. To be more inclusive, the policy no longer names specific vendors.

If I have entered CPE activities into the old online tracking tool at echima.ca, what do we do with these submissions?  

Members who have previously added CPE activities to the current echima.ca website, are not required to re-record these submissions in the manual Excel tracking tool.

Where can I see CPE activities submitted in the current echima.ca website?

To review previously tracked CPE activities and CPE cycles, log in to your echima.ca account and select the ‘CPE Tracking’ option on the right-hand side of your screen. This will take you to the main page. Choose the cycle you’d like to display information on and select the plus sign to the right of it.  

Do I have to submit the manual Excel tracking tool every year?

No. This is a one-time ask as we move over to the new online platform launching spring 2020.  

CONTACT US

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the CPE program by emailing cpe@echima.ca.