Types of Credentials
AHDI offers two voluntary credentials for healthcare documentation practitioners:
Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) – Level 1
Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS) – Level 2
AHDI offers voluntary credentialing exams to individuals who wish to demonstrate job readiness and level-specific competency to prospective employers, clients, and industry colleagues. In offering credentialing exams for healthcare documentation specialists, AHDI is protecting the public interest by promoting professional standards, improving the practice of healthcare documentation specialists, and recognizing those professionals who demonstrate competency through the fulfillment of stated requirements.
AHDI credentialing exams are developed with Certification Management Services (CMS), an independent test development and psychometric analysis consulting company providing: domain analysis, job task/competency analysis, item editing and technical review, statistical validation, item selection, forms building, and standards setting.
AHDI has overall responsibility for test development and administration; however, CMS provides psychometric guidance for the testing program. AHDI’s Credentialing Commission for Healthcare Documentation, a representative group of CHDS content experts, has been trained to develop and review test questions and materials before these materials are used on exams to ensure relevancy and accuracy. The team also helps provide the job-related perspective that underlies valid exams. Each question is evaluated prior to its acceptance as a valid test item. The Credentialing Commission for Healthcare Documentation maintains responsibility for determining the exam content outline and test specifications, maintains an item bank of approved test items, approves the individual tests for administration, and with psychometric guidance, sets the passing score for successful achievement.
AHDI exams are delivered by Kryterion, a full-service test development and delivery company that provides world-class online testing technology integrating item banking, test delivery and real time reports; while leveraging a global network of testing centers. Kryterion is the market leader in live Online Proctoring (OLP), which utilizes remote video monitoring to observe test takers where they live, learn or work.
The credentialing department at AHDI determines individual eligibility for exam admission. Based on test specifications developed by AHDI, Kryterion prepares and administers the individual tests approved by AHDI. Kryterion is also responsible for procuring and maintaining testing sites and overseeing online proctoring, test security, test administration, and related functions.
Interested in the Level 1 RHDS credential? Get started here → Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist
Interested in the Level 2 CHDS credential? Get started here → Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist