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RMT and RHDS Recredentialing
The RMT and RHDS credentials are valid for 3 years and expire on the last day of the month in which the credential was obtained. In order to recredential, RMTs and RHDSs must take the RHDS Recredentialing Course and pass with a score of at least 75% on each section quiz and a final exam score of at least 75% before the expiration date of their credential.
In the event the RMT or RHDS does not pass, they have the option to retest one additional time. Upon certification, credentials are valid for another 3 years.
An RHDS may opt to sit for the CHDS exam any time (at least 2 years' experience in acute care or multispecialty equivalent is highly recommended, however). If they pass, they relinquish their RHDS credential in favor of the CHDS credential, and begin a new 3-year 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. RMTs must have earned the RHDS in order to take the CHDS exam.
CMT and CHDS Recredentialing
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. CMTs and CHDSs maintain this credential through participation in continuing education activities relevant to medical transcription and healthcare documentation. Recertification is required every 3 years. A minimum of 30 continuing education credits (CECs) must be accrued during that 3-year cycle, with at least 24 credits in the core areas of:
The remaining 6 required CECs may be obtained in either the Core areas mentioned above or the Optional areas of Complementary Medicine (CoM) and Professional Development (PD).
CMTs Bridging to the CHDS
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 blue print domains. It is optional and voluntary for CMTs to bridge to the CHDS. 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.
CMTs wishing to bridge to the CHDS take an 8-week, self-paced online course. The course is preapproved for 10 CECs.