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 the “Start CCDS-O Application" button again. Don’t worry, all the information you did enter will be prefilled, all you will need to do is complete the rest of Page 1 and proceed to Page 2 of the application.

PSI/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 PSI/AMP to schedule and take their exam.

The official CCDS-O Exam Study Guide from ACDIS is available. Click here to order your copy.

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.