HICA Certification for medical office administrators

The HICA designation represents Canada’s most trusted medical officer administrators.

People working in medical office administration roles can leverage their relevant professional experience to be eligible to write the HICA national certification examination (NCE).

Frequently Asked Questions

I am currently working as a medical office assistant in primary care. Will this be recognized as relevant professional experience?

Yes. Professionals with the associate designation may be employed in the following exemplary roles:

  • Registration clerk
  • Receptionist
  • Health records clerk
  • Office support worker
  • Administrative assistant
  • Admissions clerk
  • Secretary
  • Administrative support worker
  • Front desk clerk
  • Unit clerk
  • Ward clerk
  • Executive assistant
  • Medical office assistant
  • Data entry clerk
  • Primary care administrator

How do I apply to write the HICA NCE?

See the HICA NCE guide

How do I prepare and study for the HICA NCE?

Please visit the HICA NCE guide, section 3: Studying for the examination.

If I pass the HICA NCE, what happens next?

You will earn a Health Information-Certified Associate (HICA) professional designation with the Canadian College of Health Information Management and become an associate member with CHIMA, Canada’s health information management association.

Learn more about the benefits and features of a CHIMA membership.