The CCDS Exam Committee recently undertook a complete review of the CCDS certification exam and determined that a number of changes were necessary due to recent Coding Clinic updates and guideline changes. These include updating some question responses and adding new questions to make the exam as timely as possible. This update forces a temporary change in the way we deliver your exam score and your pass/fail status. Rather than on-site scoring and results, exam scoring will be delayed for a period of 4 to 6 weeks and you will receive your results by mail/hard copy, rather than instantaneously at the exam center. The delay begins Monday, July 9.

The reason for the delay is an important one. The exam committee and a team of certification professionals from PSI/AMP, the exam administration company, will use this time to review individual exam results to confirm that the questions and the response options are interpreted accurately by exam candidates. This allows the CCDS certification committee an opportunity to further adjust questions or responses.

It is not unusual for a certification program to undertake a review such as this one. Analyzing test data is important to the integrity of the CCDS certification and allows us to ensure that the test is performing accurately. We hope the announced delay will not discourage you from scheduling within the delay period.

What do you need to prepare for the revised exam? Honestly, nothing more than you have already done. If you have the required job experience, have read the exam candidate’s handbook, and are comfortable with the eight exam categories and question topics listed, you are prepared.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this important aspect of certification testing.


Click here for the Exam Application

Click here for the Exam Candidate's Handbook

Click here for the Re-Exam Application (for the candidate who needs to retest after an unsuccessful exam)

Understand the program and its requirements

The other sections on this web site, including the Examination Candidate's Handbook, provide specific and detailed information about the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) credential and its requirements. It is the candidate's responsibility to read and understand the contents of the handbook before applying for certification.

How to Apply

Candidates must complete and submit the CCDS examination application. It is an editable PDF that you can complete on your you computer, save, and submit via email. See the instructions on the form.

If you wish you may print the application and complete by hand. Write legibly and use black ink. Submit the application by fax or mail, using the contact information provided on the application.

ACDIS and HCPro will process the paper application and send the candidate’s named to AMP, the company that administers the examination.

AMP will send scheduling instructions to the candidate, and the candidate will schedule their own examination. Candidates have three months/90 days from the date their name is submitted to AMP to schedule and take their exam.

Examination fee

The fee for the certification application process and examination is $255 for ACDIS members and $355 for non-members. Payment may be made by credit card, personal check, or money order payable to HCPro, Inc. While fees are non-refundable, payment will be returned if the application is not approved.

Request consideration for special accommodations

To request special accommodations, please complete the Request for Special Examination Accommodations form and submit with the exam application.

Apply to re-take the examination after failing

If a candidate fails the exam, they may take it again after waiting 90 days from the date of the failed exam. ACDIS will discount the exam fee to $125 for the first retake only. Subsequent attempts to pass the exam will be at full price. Click this link to download the re-exam application.