Note from the CCDS Coordinator: Be among the first to earn your CCDS-O

CDI Strategies - Volume 12, Issue 56

By Penny Richards

If you’ve been thinking about applying for the new Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist-Outpatient (CCDS-O) certification, we’re accepting exam applications now.

The exam committee is busy finalizing questions that will appear on the CCDS-O exam. They are about half-way through the process and hope to have the exam completed by early January. At that point, ACDIS will undertake several administrative processes before launching the exam, tentatively in February 2019.

You may now apply for the exam at your convenience. The application is on the ACDIS website. Download it, fill it out (it’s an editable PDF), save it, and send the saved file to us per the instructions on the application. We will invoice you for payment when we are ready to open the scheduling process.

Please visit the website for additional information need to apply and prepare for your exam. From this page you will find an exam content outline, exam prerequisites, recommended sources of study, the Exam Candidate’s Handbook, and the exam application.

Questions? Click here to drop us a line and let us help you get started. Be among the first to wear the new CCDS-O lapel pin!

Editor’s note: Richards is the certification coordinator for ACDIS. Contact her at