Exam Preparation

Are you prepared for the CHIAP® Certification Exam?

Build on  your valuable years of work experience!
While challenging, the CHIAP® Certification exam is designed for professionals with at least 2 years of experience in healthcare internal auditing. A candidate with more than 3 years of experience in healthcare internal auditing, is well on their way to passing the CHIAP Certification Exam! Let your work experience guide your exam preparation journey! Start with the Body of Knowledge Outline and identify your strengths and weaknesses.

30 NEW Sample Examination Questions
Test your knowledge by viewing sample evaluation questions. 

Sample Exam Questions

NEW! CHIAP Exam Discussion Groups
These 60-minute discussion group will walk you through resources and approaches to apply as you prepare to study and sit for the CHIAP® exam, including the opportunity to interact with panelists who passed the exam as they share their experiences in preparing and sitting for the exam.  Come with questions and ready to learn what worked for others. 
Stay tuned for the next set of dates, coming up in August and September 2022!

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CHIAP Exam Resources & Strategies Webinar
This 60-minute webinar recording was originally presented live in Ocotober 2020. It is the perfect first step to your CHIAP exam preparation! Presenter Debbie Radke will walk you through how the exam content was developed, provide an overview of the Body of Knowledge structure, tell you about resources for your study, and discuss exam taking strategies. Additionally featured will be the perspectives from successful exam takers, Cynthia Holland and Beth Uhlrich, who will discuss what worked for them. 

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Follow-Up with the 8-Part Body of Knowledge Webinar Series!

Back by high demand, this eight-part webinar series covers, at a high level, key points for topics included in the Body of Knowledge upon which the CHIAP exam is based.  It is not intended to teach to the exam, but to the AHIA Body of Knowledge of healthcare internal auditing.

Webinar topics include: Business Aspects of Care Setting, Regulatory Environment, Compliance, Revenue Cycle, Operational/Financial Functions, Administrative Functions, and Information Technology. Participants who attend these webinars will gain a basic understanding of these areas and receive references, as needed, for further study.

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Explore the New and Improved
AHIA Virtual Learning Audit Resource Center!
We have merged the AHIA Publications searchable liberary withe previous, by subscription-only, AHIA Virtual Learning Library content to ensure ALL resources are in one place and accessible to ALL members at no additional charge.

Search by key words or Body of Knowledge categories to find resources to help you prepare for the CHIAP exam. 

Educational content in the AHIA Virtual Learning Audit Resource Center includes:
  • Member-created Guidance and Templates
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Webinars and Tech Talk Recordings
  • Live Discussion Forum Recordings
  • New Perspectives Articles
  • Digital Insights Articles
  • White Papers

Exam Content

The CHIAP Certification Exam consists of 175 multiple choice questions to be completed in a four (4) hour time limit. Each item in the examination was carefully developed in accordance with the BOK established from a job analysis study of the healthcare internal audit industry. This study was implemented and analyzed with the assistance of our exam vendor, PSI, by the AHIA Job Analysis Advisory Committee.

The BOK is guided by overarching internal audit principles, as well as principles for compliance and privacy. These principles are applied in the acute care, post-acute care, ambulatory care, and health plan settings. The exam items are distributed among the
BOK topics, which cover four categories: Business Aspects of Care Setting, Revenue Cycle, Regulatory Environment, and Core Business Functions, shown in Exhibit 1 below.
 Exhibit 1 – Healthcare Internal Audit Body of Knowledge

After significant analysis and discussion, a detailed content outline was developed, encompassing 45 tasks and 80 topics. Exhibit 2 specifies the industry knowledge
that is relevant to a healthcare internal auditor.

Exhibit 2 – Industry Knowledge Specifications

The exam questions will integrate the internal audit tasks that are summarized in
Exhibit 3 with the healthcare BOK (Exhibit 1). For example, a question might ask
about risk assessment when performing a radiology operational audit. Exhibit 3
shares an example of examination task specifications.
Exhibit 3 – Examination Task Specifications- Example

In addition to content development, cognitive complexity of the content was considered. Exam questions will require the candidates to demonstrate recall, application, or analysis level thinking.

These exam specifications were used in the design of an examination with 150 items, which contribute to your score, as well as 25 pre-tested items, which are included in the examination for evaluation of the validity of the exam. Pre-tested questions will not contribute to your score.
Going forward the AHIA Certification Committee will continue to administer and oversee the CHIAP Certification Program, ensuring a bank of questions for future certification exams is maintained.  Additionally, on a bi-annual basis the Committee will re-assess the current exam pool and revise the exam content.

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