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Types of Credentials


AHDI offers two 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.

Exam Development and Delivery

AHDI credentialing exams have been developed with 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 with psychometric guidance for the testing program. AHDI’s Credentialing Commission for Healthcare Documentation (CCHD) is the governing body responsible for development and oversight of AHDI's credentialing program. The CCHD 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.

Learn About the Credentials

Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist

Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist


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