The CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO Program 

    The CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) Program is the first certification program exclusively for CIOs and IT executives in the healthcare industry. A CHCIO demonstrates the commitment, knowledge and experience required to master the core skills inherent to successful CIOs and IT executives. CHIME members who have been in a healthcare CIO or equivalent position for at least three years and want to enhance their professional stature are eligible to become certified.

    Distinguish yourself from your peers
    Becoming a CHCIO makes it easy for you to distinguish yourself as a leader within the healthcare IT industry. The CHCIO Program is the first healthcare industry credential developed for CIOs by CIOs.

    The CHCIO Program awards two designations:

    CHCIO status to those CHIME members who meet all of the program requirements
    CHCIO-Eligible status to those CHIME members and Affiliate Program participants who meet all of the program
    requirements except three years experience as a CIO or equivalent

    Please review the REQUIREMENTS & ELIGIBILITY to understand the steps for certification.



    Application Requirements
    Becoming Certified
    Maintaining Certification
    Current CHCIO & CHCIO-Eligible Professionals




    The CHCIO Examination is offered at CHIME in-person examinations and at testing centers worldwide.

    The CHCIO Examination will consist of up to 125 multiple choice questions, including scenario-based and independent questions. The Examination will be taken without the aid of study guides or other resources. The exam must be completed within 2.5 hours.

    In-Person Exam

    Upcoming in-person exam opportunities:

    Sunday, February 28, 2016
    The Venetian/Palazzo Hotel
    Las Vegas, NV     2 pm – 4:30 pm
    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    University of Chicago Gleacher Center
    Chicago, IL     1 pm – 3:30 pm
    *exam only – Bundle with the Healthcare CIO Boot camp and save $100

    Examination fee: $300


    Online Exam

    CHIME partnered with Kryterion to offer the CHCIO Exam online at over 800 testing centers around the world.  To locate a testing center near you, click here.


    Upon registration, you will receive an email with your login information and a link to schedule the exam on the date/time of your choosing a Kryterion Testing Center near you.

    Examination fee: $355

    Exam Resources

    Exam study materials available for purchase:

    CHCIO Sample Exam v3  – contains 74 question exam including rationales and references ($125) BUY NOW
    CHCIO Reading Materials v3 – ($125) BUY NOW
    CHCIO Complete Materials – contains the sample exam and reading materials ($225) BUY NOW


    CHCIOs and CHCIO candidates are required to participate in professional development and educational activities. CHIME utilizes Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to measure participation. The purpose of the CEU is to record and quantify the time CHCIOs and CHCIO candidates spend participating in relevant professional development and educational activities.

    CHIME recognizes one hour of participation as equivalent to one CEU.

    Submitting CEUs for CHIME & Non-CHIME Events

    Please select CHIME-based CEUs to submit credits for events and sessions sponsored by CHIME.  All other submissions outside of CHIME will be counted as non-CHIME CEUs.

    CHIME-based events are automatically enrolled in each CHIME member attendee’s record. However, committee and volunteer work (i.e. Fall Forum planning or public policy activities) need to be submitted.

    Submissions for archived CHIME webinar events are accepted for CHIME members (note: members must be logged in to listen to these recordings).  Please include the original College LIVE webinar date within the details of your submission,  as well as the date the archive was downloaded/archived.

    How to Submit CEUs

    – Fill out each field to the best of your ability for each event
    – For non-CHIME submissions, please include provider’s name in the event title
    – Archived submissions must include original date in description and date applied in start and end dates
    – Multiple (up to three) events may be submitted on one form, but all must fall under the same category, non-CHIME or
    CHIME events  (all three events are not required if this does not apply)


    CEU Reports/Transcripts

    CEU Requirements

    Qualifying CEU Opportunities

For questions regarding the CHCIO program please email or call 734.665.0000.