Recertification process due to COVID-19

As our health systems deal with the growing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is significant demand for the support of both current and former professional members from the Canadian College of Health Information Management. Employers recognize the College’s professional designations for the responsible collection, protection, and access to Canadians’ health information.

To help relieve the substantial pressure facing the health information profession and address the need for timely access to health information, the College is inviting former certified professionals to re-enter the profession without penalty or examination requirements. This opportunity is available until June 30, 2020. Requirements upon recertification include paying membership dues, adhering to our code of ethics, and continuing professional education.

During this public health crisis, it is imperative to support timely capture and reporting of COVID-19 data. Health Information Management professionals play a crucial role in ensuring the collecting and reporting of these data. To help alleviate potential shortages of HIM personnel during this time of high demand for their skills, the Canadian Institute of Health Information supports the Canadian College of Health Information Management in its efforts to facilitate the recertification of inactive professional members.

—Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

During times of adversity, the health information profession is often asked to do more because we are the protectors of people’s most precious assets: their health information. This information holds stories that our health care system, our governments, and our economy depend on to navigate this pandemic. In recognition of these unique circumstances, the College is providing this opportunity out of a need to help Canadians while responding to the demand for health information professional designations across the country.

There is a set of frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page. Please reference this FAQ for additional information about the recertification offer for COVID-19.

Should you wish to re-enter the profession, please contact Alisha Peto and we would be pleased to help you re-enter the profession at [email protected].

Recertification process

This is the traditional process for recertification. It has been suspended at this time. Please reference the paragraph above for information regarding recertification during COVID-19.

If you have been decertified for less than three (3) years, you must meet the following criteria to be eligible for recertification:

  • Provide proof of one (1) HIM Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit accumulation for every month or portion thereof for the period of time of decertification up to the date that CHIMA receives the Recertification Application Form (e.g., if you were decertified in February 2013 and recertify in April 2013, you are required to provide proof of 3 CPE credits);
  • Pay the applicable recertification fee*; and
  • Pay the annual membership fee plus applicable tax.

*Sliding scale:

Recertify post-decertificationRecertification fee scale
<  or = to 1 year$125
> 1 year = to 2 years$200
> 2  years to < 3 years$275

If you have been an inactive certified professional member for equal to or greater than three (3) years, you must meet the following criteria to be eligible for recertification:

  • Successfully rewrite the national certification examination according to the examination policy, fee structure, and rules; and 
  • Pay the recertification fee of $125.00.

To request recertification documents, please contact [email protected] attn: Alisha Peto.


Education refresher

Accountability report

COVID-19 response & resources

 CEO update: April 15, 2020

Frequently asked questions – COVID-19 recertification

Any member who previously held a professional designation with CHIMA is eligible to recertify to support COVID-19 efforts. 



No. The CHIM professional designation is used throughout the entire health information management profession, including areas such as acute care, primary care, and long-term care, among others. To learn more, please see our 2018–19 accountability report.

  • Recertification fee ($125–$275 value)  
  • Requirement to write the CHIM NCE if decertified for over three years 
  • Proof of CPE activities during the time of decertification*
    *A new CPE cycle will begin upon recertification 

You must have held a professional designation in the past. You must also do the following going forward:

  1. Pay annual membership dues
  2. Uphold professional ethics
  3. Meet continuing professional education requirements

This opportunity expires May 31, 2020.


Alisha Peto will be in contact with you to make appropriate arrangements.

Please contact Alisha Peto at [email protected].