Health Information Management

Director’s Note: Certification handbook updates, reminder regarding recertification

CDI Strategies, December 8, 2011

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Are you planning to take the CCDS exam? If so, please note that we have made some revisions to the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist Candidate Handbook. These include the following:

  • New appeals and disciplinary policies
  • Updates to the list of the CCDS Certification Board members
  • Updates to addresses and contact information for the ACDIS office
  • Clarification regarding the permitted use of handwritten notes in the margins of allowable exam resources
Note that we have NOT changed the eligibility requirements. There are four routes you can take for eligibility and all require a combination of work experience and successful completion of formal educational training.
Once you receive notice of your eligibility to take the exam, you can schedule to take the exam at your convenience at a computerized testing location of your choosing.
The exam is also given annually at the ACDIS conference via paper and pencil. Details about how to schedule your exam at the 2012 Conference in San Diego (May 10-11) will be published on the ACDIS website shortly. For more information about the conference, visit the conference web page.
As a reminder, your certification expires two years following the date on which you successfully passed the examination. You must maintain continuing education credits and submit the recertification form with 20 CCDS CEUs prior to your expiration date. ACDIS will e-mail you monthly prior to your expire date. To receive these reminders please check with your IT department to ensure that you are able to receive e-mails from ACDIS/HCPro.
If you have additional questions regarding the certification/recertification process, e-mail ACDIS Member Services Director Penny Richards at

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