The AMIA HICC expects AHIC diplomates to maintain and improve knowledge and skills for competent practice (i.e., achieve continuing competency). The HICC deems active practice and continuous learning essential for maintaining competence in health informatics.
Active practice comprises sustained effort of at least 20% work time in one or more of the following roles:
- Performing, directing, or managing health informatics activities, tasks, or processes
- Teaching health informatics
- Conducting health informatics research
Continuous learning may be achieved through coursework and other continuing education activities that align with the Health Informatics Delineation of Practice or scholarly activities and professional service (beyond the scope of the diplomate’s primary work role) that advance or serve the health informatics field and provide opportunities to acquire new knowledge and skills for health informatics practice.
Given the frequent changes in healthcare and the average lifecycle of technology, the HICC determined that a four-year period is an appropriate amount of time for AHIC diplomates to document learning associated with competent health informatics practice. Thus, certification as an ACHIP is valid for four (4) years from the date the AHIC exam was successfully passed.
The HICC uses professional development units (PDUs) as a means of measuring and reporting continuous learning activities. Two categories of activities qualify for AHIC PDUs – coursework/continuing education and scholarship/professional service. Diplomates are encouraged to accrue credits in both categories. A complete list of activities that qualify for AHIC PDUs can be found on the AMIA website.
AHIC diplomates seeking recertification need to accrue 60 PDUs during the 4-year certification period. Alternatively, diplomates may retake and pass the AHIC exam within the last year (365 days) the certification is valid as a way of demonstrating they have maintained health informatics competence.
Recertification is required for continued use of the AMIA Certified Health Informatics Professional™ (ACHIP™) credential and its associated certification marks (logo, spelled-out title, and acronym). Diplomates who allow their certification to expire may not represent themselves as being certified as an ACHIP™. AMIA will not be held responsible for loss of certification, wages, employment, or other consequential damages in the event that a diplomate fails to recertify in a timely manner prior to the expiration of certification.
AMIA will send email notifications to remind diplomates the recertification deadline is approaching. However, it is the diplomate’s responsibility to keep track of certification cycle end dates. Failure to receive AMIA communications regarding recertification opportunities or certification expiration is not an acceptable basis for appealing the expiration of a certification. Therefore, diplomates should ensure that their email address is up to date in their AHIC profile.