Technical Writer, Photojournalist, Trainer, Implementation Managermt, Information Technology, Medical, LVN
Technical Writer, Photojournalist, Trainer, Implementation Manager

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 

Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS) Examinations

CHTS-Trainer Certification

Workers in this role design and deliver training programs, using adult learning principles, to employees
in clinical and public health settings. The previous background of workers in this role includes
experience as a health professional or health information management specialist. Experience as a
trainer in the classroom is also desired. Workers in this role will:
• Be able to use a range of health IT applications, preferably at an expert level.
• Communicate both health and IT concepts as appropriate.
• Assess training needs and competencies of learners.
• Design lesson plans, structuring active learning experiences for users.
• Track training records of the users and develop learning plans for further instruction.


  • Domain I: Usability and Human Factors
  • Domain II: Training and Instructional Design
  • Domain III: Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
  • Domain IV: The Culture of Health Care
  • Domain V: Information and Computer Science
  • Domain VI: Health Information Management Systems
  • Domain VII: Professionalism/Customer Service in the Health Environment


The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. Serving 52 affiliated component state associations and more than 71,000 members, it is recognized as the leading source of “HIM knowledge,” a respected authority for rigorous professional education and training.

The Value of CHTS to Health IT Professionals

Because of new technology, qualified technical support and management professionals will be needed across hospitals, clinics and other healthcare organizations.

CHTS competency exams ensure that a competent workforce is ready to effectively implement and manage the use of electronic health records. They show expertise and competence, proving a readiness to seize new opportunities in an expanding market.

The CHTS is a long-term validation of healthcare and IT skills—the cornerstone of a successful health IT career.

The Value of CHTS to Employers

Health IT Employers – Health Information Technology Professional Competency Exam

Electronic health records will increase safety, efficiency, and the quality of patient care. This will leave a considerable need for qualified individuals to support installing, using and maintaining EHRs.

CHTS competency exam will assess competency in various healthcare IT roles. The exam will determine if a candidate is qualified to support your EHR transition efforts.

Typical CHTS exam candidates will be:

  • Experienced healthcare or IT professionals
  • Seeking to expand their career options by leading the new wave of EHR implementation and management
  • Educated
  • Motivated to learn, determined to succeed

Individuals who pass the CHTS are health IT-competent and ready to implement or manage your EHR activities.

The CHTS exams can also help you measure the health information technology (IT) competency levels of your existing staff or as a pre-employment assessment. Use this information to identify training opportunities or discover gaps in employee proficiency to make improvements in your organization.


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