The Partnership

CHIMA and 3M are proud to announce a new partnership to deliver a Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Specialist Certificate Program that will lead to Advanced Certification in CDI.

The Program

This comprehensive, fully on-line program is being developed by 3M for certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professionals or international equivalents; nurses; and regulated health professionals who meet the eligibility criteria. It will provide an advanced level of competency and specialty for those working in, or wishing to work in, Clinical Documentation Improvement specialist positions. This program, endorsed by CHIMA, will lead to Advanced Certification in CDI.

This program has 12 modules each designed with multiple lessons of online education. The time it takes to complete this program varies based on the learner’s previous experience with this content and their learning style. Individuals will have a maximum of 12 months to complete the program.

Target Audience

This program is for HIM professionals, nurses, and regulated health professionals who have a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. These individuals would be able to read and analyze all the information in a medical record and identify any gaps. As the goal of CDI is to improve the accuracy and completeness of clinical documentation, these groupings of individuals are best equipped to assess the clinical evidence and carryout the necessary follow-up, including querying and educating physicians.

As this Program will lead to Advanced Certification in CDI, candidates must meet one of the eligibility requirements below:

  1. Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professional and a CHIMA member in good standing or international equivalent with a minimum of 3 years of current HIM work experience in.
    • Coding and/or,
    • CDI and/or,
    • Cancer Tumor Registry and/or,
    • Data Analysis utilizing ICD-10-CA and CCI data
  2. Nurses and Physicians with a minimum of three years experience working in a health care setting.
  3. Other Regulated Health Professionals who have recently worked in clinical documentation improvement for a minimum of 3 years. (Candidates must also have completed course work in Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology and Pathophysiology)

If you have significant experience but do not meet these requirements, please contact us to discuss.

Launch Date

Program registration is open. Please contact with any registration type questions for this professional development opportunity.

Why It’s Important

Now more than ever, a strong, highly respected clinical documentation improvement (CDI) Specialist program can make a difference in achieving the goals of improving quality care, improving case mix, and appropriate utilization of resources through quality information. In response to industry demand, 3M in partnership with CHIMA developed the CDI Specialist program, which will lead to Advanced Certification in CDI.

Number of CHIMA CPE’s

You will earn 30 CPE’s for completing this program.


$3900.00 + applicable tax (once registration is complete, there are no refunds).

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Watch and Learn:
Organizations that have successfully implemented components of a CDI Program.


"I felt the content was well designed. The review of Health Records and requirements was well done and relevant even to those of us who have been HIMs for many years. The CDI component was very informative and helps those of us beginning CDI programs with some pertinent information for successfully launching our CDI initiatives. Well Done!"

- KV, Ontario

CDI Program Registration is Now Open!

If you have been waiting for the exciting opportunity of expanding your knowledge and skills as a Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist, the time has come! Registration is now open!  Please review the eligibility requirements found in the Target Audience section at this link.

If you are unsure of your eligibility please contact with details of your work experience.

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If you have questions prior to registering, please contact

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