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Retiring Your Credentials

Certified Medical Transcriptionists (CMTs), Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialists (CHDSs), and Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialists (RHDSs) who choose to retire or leave the industry may opt to carry a retired credential status moving forward.


  • CMT-R (Certified Medical Transcriptionist–Retired)
  • CHDS-R (Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist–Retired)
  • RHDS-R (Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist–Retired)


How it Works

Any CMT, CHDS, or RHDS no longer practicing medical transcription or healthcare documentation may choose to retire their credential and maintain the designation of CMT-R, CHDS-R, or RHDS-R. The CMT-R, CHDS-R, and RHDS-R signifies an individual has a history of sustaining a credentialed status through continuing education during his/her years of active employment in the industry but is no longer working in the industry.

Once a credential is retired, individuals are prohibited from using the CMT, CHDS, or RHDS alone, and thereby implying a commitment to continuing education, and are required to include the “-R” designation with any use of CMT, CHDS, or RHDS from that point forward.

Credentials may be retired at any point during the credentialing cycle (i.e., you do not have to wait until the end of your 3-year cycle).

Retired CMTs, CHDSs, or RHDSs who want to reinstate their full credentialed status will be required to recertify by examination. Please note: the CMT exam is no longer available and has been replaced by the CHDS.

Individuals who wish to retire their credential must submit an application form and a one-time processing fee of $45.00.

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If Your Credentials Lapse

CMTs, CHDSs, and RHDSs who wish retire their credential but do not submit the proper forms and fees to the AHDI office by their expiration date will be considered lapsed and will no longer be eligible to identify themselves as a CMT, CHDS, or RHDS.

You will receive a lapsed notice if you do not recredential by the end of your cycle. There is a 90-day grace period from the date your credential expires to complete the requirements to retire your credential. There is a $50 late fee due at the time you submit your application to retire your credential (separate from the processing fee to retire your credential).


All CMTs, CHDSs, and RHDSs are responsible for knowing when their cycle ends. This information is sent at the time of initial certification and recertification and can be found on the CMT/CHDS certificate or Validation of Recertification. All CMTs, CHDSs, and RHDSs are responsible for notifying AHDI of changes to your name, address, phone number, and email address.

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