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Recertification

Bridging from RMT to RHDS

Current RMTs will automatically bridge to the RHDS credential upon successful completion of the RHDS Recredentialing Course. RMTs are eligible to take the RHDS Recredentialing Course at any time during their current cycle to earn their RHDS sooner or may wait at the end of their current cycle, but RMTs must complete the Recredentialing Course prior to their RMT expiration date. For full details about the rebranding of credentials, visit the Rebranding the AHDI Credentialing Exams web page.

RMT/RHDS Recredentialing
The RMT/RHDS credential is good for 3 years and expires on the last day of the month in which the credential was obtained. Example: A transcriptionist successfully passing the RHDS exam on September 3, 2013, will need to recredential by September 30, 2016.

In order to recredential, RMTs/RHDSs must take the RHDS Recredentialing Course and pass with a score of at least 75% on each section quiz and a score of at least 75% on the final exam prior to the expiration date of their credential. RHDSs can take the RHDS Recredentialing Course any month after receiving their 6-month reminder but must complete the course before their deadline. Again, RMTs are eligible to take the RHDS Recredentialing Course at any time during their current cycle to earn their RHDS sooner or may wait at the end of their current cycle, but RMTs must complete the Recredentialing Course prior to their RMT expiration date. In the event the RMT or RHDS does not pass, they have the option to retest one additional time. Recredentialing is valid for 3 years. At any time, an RHDS may opt to sit for the CHDS exam. If they pass, they relinquish their RHDS credential in favor of the CHDS credential, and begin a new recertification cycle for their CHDS. If they do not pass, they continue in their cycle as an RHDS and must meet the recredentialing requirements in order to maintain their RHDS status. NOTE: RMTs must have earned the RHDS credential in order to take the CHDS exam.

RMTs/RHDSs are not required to accrue or report continuing education credits in order to maintain their credential. Membership in AHDI is not a requirement for the RMT/RHDS credential; however, it is encouraged because of the opportunities and benefits afforded members.

Current RMTs/RHDSs who want information about the recredentialing course or how to file an extension or need access to forms and procedures related to recredentialing or end-of-cycle submissions and process will find all of those resources housed in the RMT/RHDS-Only Area of this website. You must be logged in to access that page.

CMT/CHDS Recredentialing
In 2013, AHDI rebranded our credentialing exams to both better align with our name and to reflect the expanded skill set competencies noted on the additional blueprint domains. CMTs will not be required to pursue the CHDS; doing so will be optional and voluntary. AHDI will continue to service the CMT credential under its current recredentialing program requirements. For more information about these changes and to view frequently asked questions (FAQs), visit the Rebranding the AHDI Credentialing Exams web page.

The CMT and CHDS credentials are good for 3 years and expire on the last day of the month in which the credential was obtained. Example: A transcriptionist successfully passing the CMT/CHDS exam on September 3, 2012, will need to recredential by September 30, 2015.

CMTs/CHDSs maintain this credential through participation in continuing education activities relevant to medical transcription/healthcare documentation. Recertification is required every 3 years. CMTs/CHDSs maintain and build on their competency in the field of medical transcription/healthcare documentation with continuing education (CE) activities. This is necessary for the practitioner to function effectively in today’s fast-paced healthcare environment. A minimum of 30 continuing education credits (CECs) must be accrued during that 3-year cycle, with at least 24 of these in the core areas of Clinical Medicine, Medical Transcription Tools, Technology and the Workplace, and Medicolegal Issues. The remaining 6 required CECs may be obtained in either the Core areas mentioned above or the Optional areas of Complementary Medicine and Professional Development.

Membership in AHDI is not a requirement for the CMT/CHDS credential; however, it is encouraged because of the opportunities and benefits afforded members.

Current CMTs/CHDSs who want information about the requirements for continuing education or how to file an extension or need access to forms and procedures related to recredentialing or end-of-cycle submissions and process will find all of those resources housed in the CMT/CHDS-Only Area of this website. You must be logged in to access that page.

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