Rebranding the AHDI Credentialing Exams
Updated October 30, 2014
In late 2013, the Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) and Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) exams were rebranded and renamed to Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) and Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS).
All candidates who took and passed the credentialing exam offered through our current testing provider Kryterion received their RHDS and CHDS upon the official release in Fall 2013.
The transition for individuals who currently hold the RMT and CMT will vary based on when the credential was earned and personal preference. The options are detailed below
- RMTs and CMTs who credentialed under the current exams (this includes those who passed the 2010 beta test) were automatically changed to an RHDS or CHDS. A new certificate was sent to reflect this designation after the rebrand took place. Those RHDSs/CHDSs were then free to use that designation upon receipt of their new certificate.
- CMTs who earned their credential before the release of the current exam blue prints (before January 2011, with the exception of those who took the beta exam in fall of 2010), have two options:
- CMTs may choose to keep their transcription-specific credential. AHDI will continue to service the CMT through the established recredentialing program. The CMT exam will no longer be offered to new candidates.
- CMTs may choose to bridge over to the CHDS by taking an online continuing education course and quiz. The online course covers the new areas introduced in the current exam blue prints. The online bridge course is available only to current CMTs and will be optional. If the course is not successfully completed, the individual will retain their CMT and may take the online bridge course again after a 6-month waiting period. View pricing and details for the bridge course here.
- RMTs who earned their credential before the release of the current exam blue prints (before January 2011, with the exception of those who took the beta exam in fall of 2010), transitioned automatically to the RHDS designation through a revised recredentialing course. The prior RMT recredentialing course has been updated to include the additional blue print domains not previously covered as part of the course. Two options are available:
- RMTs can opt to take the recredentialing course at any time during their credentialing cycle. Successful completion of that updated recredentialing course will earn the RMT their new RHDS designation and trigger a new 3-year cycle.
- RMTs can choose to wait until end of cycle to take the recredentialing course to recertify and earn their new RHDS credential. Successful completion of that updated recredentialing course will earn the RMT their new RHDS designation and their new 3-year cycle will begin.
AHDI’s recredentialing program and policies apply to all four credentials: RMT, RHDS, CMT, and CHDS. The rebranding has been implemented, and the information, policies, and guidelines have been updated to reflect these changes.