Recertification Process and CPE Requirements

Recertification Process
After you pass the certification exam, you will immediately be recognized as a Certified Healthcare Internal Audit Professional® (CHIAP®). Your two-year Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Renewal Cycle will begin January 1 of the following calendar year.
Renewal Requirements
The AHIA requires active CHIAP certificants to renew their certification by December 31 every two years, including reporting they have met the CPE requirements to continue using their CHIAP credential. No CPE is required to be documented for the calendar year in which the initial certification is granted.  CPE must be reported and your certification renewed by the third December 31 after initially obtaining the CHIAP certification. Certificants are subject to audit to verify compliance with renewal requirements. Supporting documentation does not need to be submitted with your renewal; however, documentation will be required if your renewal is selected for audit.
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Failure to Renew by December 31
Failure to renew your certification and report CPE requirements by the reporting deadline, will result in you automatically being placed in “Suspended” status. This will result in your loss of the privilege to use your credential until all renewal requirements are met.  You may convert your certification to “Active” status within six (6) months, by reporting your continuing education hours and penalty hours, if applicable, paying the renewal fee, plus paying an additional 50% penalty fee.   If your certification status remains as Suspended for more than six (6) months, your certification will be classified as “Expired” and you will have to reapply for certification, including retaking the certification examination. 

Electing Inactive Status at Renewal
At the time of renewal, if a certificant has temporarily left the healthcare internal audit profession or is unable to meet the recertification requirements due to unusual and/or extenuating circumstances they may request a change to Inactive Status and pay the Inactive Renewal Fee (50% the active renewal fee). An inactive certificant may request a return to Active status and may complete a renewal application with the required CPE without retesting. 

Timeline Example for Renewal Cycle
Continuing Education Requirements
AHIA requires active certificate holders to earn forty (40) hours of CPE every two (2) years, including two (2) hours related to Ethics. Each year shall include at least ten (10) hours of continuing education credits. Carryover of continuing education credit hours to future recertification renewal periods is not allowed. A certificant classified as “Retired” status is not required to renew their certification.

Failure to Meet Continuing Education Requirements by December 31
Failure to fully adhere to the AHIA CPE requirements for renewal of the CHIAP will result in a CPE Penalty of eight (8) additional hours of continuing education.  Non-compliance would include not meeting one or more of the following requirements:
  • Forty (40) hours of CPE over the two-year reporting cycle
  • At least ten (10) hours in each reporting year
  • Two (2) hours related to Ethics during the two-year reporting cycle
 The eight (8) CPE Penalty hours must be completed and reported prior to the end of the six (6) Suspended status period (in the example above this would be June 30, 2022), otherwise the certificant’s credential expires. The credits earned towards the CPE Penalty requirement may not be counted towards CPE requirements for the subsequent renewal recertification reporting period.

Qualifying CPE Activities
  • Training courses which are approved/provided by the following groups qualify for continuing education credits:‎
    • Approved by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)‎
    • Approved by an individual State licensure board
    • Provided by AHIA, the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and Association of ‎Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)‎
  •  Authoring or Contributing to Publications
  • Presentations at Professional Association Events 
  • Teaching College Courses
View the complete policy on qualifying CPE activites in the Candidate Handbook

Reporting your CPE Credits 
After you are certified, you can report your CPE in the Certification Management System (CMS) at anytime during your two-year renewal cycle on My CHIAP Profile page.

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Click here for Step-by Step Instructions on CPE Reporting in the Certification Management System.

Recertification Application
The certificant will attest the information in their profile and the CPE activity submitted are accurate when remitting the Renewal Fee. Certificants will be contacted via email three months prior to the end of their renewal cycle with further instructions (Step-by-Step Instructions will also be made available on the website at that time). AHIA will audit a sample of recertification applications submitted for each renewal cycle. Failure to comply with an audit request or pass the audit will result in the certificant’s credential being revoked.

Recertification Fees
 Active Certificant - AHIA Member Fee: $100 
 Active Certificant - Non-Member Fee: $150 

Complaints and Appeals Processes
AHIA has established  comprehensive complaints and appeals processes in an effort to provide fairness to all applicants, candidates and Certified Healthcare Internal Audit Professionals (CHIAP). Click here to view these complete policies in the Candidate Handbook.

Special Accommodations
If you require speical assistance to renew your certification, please contact AHIA Education Manager, Melanie Hein ([email protected] or 1-847-686-2325) to inform us of your needs.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at [email protected].
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