How to apply for the CCDS-O

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

Candidates must complete an online application by clicking here. To login to the application site, ACDIS members can use their regular ACDIS website login credentials. If you do not have a member login, please click the "Register" button.

Please have your education and work history information available prior to starting your application. If you don’t have that available and save a draft of the first page, you will receive an email from us with a link back to the application. In order to complete the application, you will need to click “Apply" in the navigation and select CCDS-O again. Don’t worry, all the information you entered will be prefilled, all you will need to do is complete the rest of Page 1 and proceed to Page 2 of the application.

We are currently in the process of changing testing partners. Candidates who register to take their exam between Dec. 7 and Dec. 31, 2021 will take their exam at a PSI testing center. Candidates who register to take their exam on or after Jan. 1, 2022 will be able to choose between a Prometric testing center or remote proctoring.

If you scheduled your exam prior to Dec. 31, PSI will send scheduling instructions to you, and you can schedule your own examination.

If you scheduled your exam after Dec. 31, you will need to use teh scheduling buttons on the "Thank You" page after paying. You will also receive an email with links to schedule.

Candidates have 90 days from the date their name is submitted to schedule and take their exam.

Questions? Please call Customer Service at 800-650-6787.

Note: The current version of the CCDS-O exam includes questions based on the following:

Request consideration for special accommodations

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