AHIMA Gold Standard Certifications

Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP®)


The CDIP credential certifies the skills of coding and clinical documentation improvement professionals to accurately review the patient’s story within the medical record.

Eligibility Requirements:

Candidates who would like to sit for the CDIP exam must meet one of the eligibility requirements below:

  • An RHIA®, RHIT®, CCS®, CCS-P®, RN, MD, or DO and two (2) years experience in clinical documentation improvement; OR
  • An Associate’s degree or higher and three (3) years of experience in clinical documentation improvement (candidates must also have completed coursework in medical terminology and anatomy and physiology).

Career Opportunities:

CDI specialist/manager/director, documentation specialist, quality assurance, RAC auditor, revenue cycle, senior coder/manager/director, systems director, CDI/coding/HIM operations, utilization review director/manager, SVP/VP/director, coding/auditing

Exam Preparation

Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP) Exam Preparation by Sharon Easterling, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPHM, FAHIMA. AHIMA Press.
Clinical Documentation Improvement Principles and Practice by Pamela Carroll Hess, MA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC. AHIMA Press

E-Learning:. CDIP Exam Prep Online Course Series.

CDIP Practice Exam.

Virtual Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP): Advancing the Practice

In-Person Workshops
Check your local chapter for upcoming workshops.

Check your local chapter for upcoming workshops.

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