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Get Your Credential in Four Easy Steps

Step 1: Determine the Right Credential for You

It's important to select the credential that is right for you—the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) credential or the Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS) credential. The RHDS credential is for recent graduates of medical transcription education/healthcare documentation programs, healthcare documentation specialists with fewer than 2 years’ acute care experience, and healthcare documentation specialists working in a single-specialty environment. If you have a minimum of 2 years’ acute care experience or multispecialty equivalent, you are eligible to sit for the CHDS credential. However, since the RHDS is a prerequisite for the CHDS, you would need to take the CQE Exam, which encompasses both exams in one sitting or take each exam separately starting with the RHDS.

Step 2: Begin Studying and Apply for Eligibility

You will also want to look into some of our exam preparation materials, including the RMT and CMT Exam Guides and Audio Objectives CDs (products are RHDS and CHDS Ready). You can also test drive the Kryterion Webassessor platform to help familiarize you with the test setting by taking a Practice Exam. And don't forget to download the Credentialing Candidate Guide, which houses both exam blue prints, gives test sample questions, and guides you through the examination process.

Once you have determined which exam you should take, you need to apply for eligibility. Submission of the eligibility fee will constitute a request for authorization to test, and once granted, your exam eligibility will be valid for a period of 180 days from the date of processing. If you are going to become a member of AHDI, we recommend that you do so prior to applying for eligibility; your eligibility for member pricing is determined at the time you request eligibility. AHDI members save $80 on their credentialing exam. If you join AHDI after you requested your eligibility and before you scheduled and paid for your exam, you may contact the AHDI Credentialing Department at credentialing@ahdionline.org to have your eligibility changed to member pricing.

Step 3: Sign Up for a Practice Exam

After your eligibility has been approved, we highly recommend that you take the RHDS or CHDS Practice Exam. Practice exams are designed to parallel the weight and balance of objectives on the exam itself and represent potential content domains under the exam blue print to give you an overall impression of exam scope, format, and acclimate you with the testing environment.

Step 4: Sign Up for an Exam

After your eligibility has been approved, you will need to determine if you wish to take the exam online or find a nearby Kryterion Testing Center. If you elect to take the exam online, you will need to study the Candidate Computer Spec Sheet for Online Proctoring, which indicates the minimum system requirements as well as other guidelines, including a list of compatible webcams. Once you have determined how you wish to take the exam, you will need to log into Kryterion Webassessor to schedule and pay for your exam.

AHDI is here to support you through every step. Questions or inquiries can be sent to credentialing@ahdionline.org or call us toll free at 800-982-2182.

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