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. Certificate holders 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.
 
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 one (1) year, by reporting your continuing education hours, paying the renewal fee, plus paying an additional 50% penalty fee.   If your certification status remains as Suspended for more than twelve (12) months, your certification will be classified as “Expired” and you will have to reapply for certification, including retaking the certification examination.

The following provides an example of key certification cycle dates.

             Certification Renewal Conditions


CHIAP™ Key Certification
           Cycle Dates

If an applicant is certified Between May 1, 2019 –
December 31, 2019

Certificant’s CPE Renewal Cycle begins on
 

January 1, 2020
Certificant’s CPE Renewal Cycle ends on
 
December 31, 2021
Certificant’s recertification renewal payment and reporting of CPE is due no later than…
 

December 31, 2021
If renewal payment and reporting of CPE has not
occurred by the end of the two-year certification cycle, certificant’s Suspended status begins on…
 


January 1, 2022
If within one-year of being placed on Suspended
status the certificant has not reported their CPE and
paid the renewal fee, plus an additional 50% penalty
fee, the certificant’s credential expires



January 1, 2023
 
 
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.
 
Qualifying CPE Activities
Training courses approved by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and any training provided by AHIA shall qualify as CPE.  One (1) hour of CPE is defined as fifty (50) minutes.
 
Click here to view the most recent issue of The Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs, effective September 1, 2016. 
 
Reporting your CPE Credits 
After you are certified, you can report your CPE in the Certification Management System (CMS) at anytime prior to your renewal cycle end date. Instructions will be provided on the recertification process prior to January 2020.

Recertification Fees
 AHIA Member Fee: $100 
 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 Senior Education Administrator, Melanie Hein (certification@ahia.org or 1-847-686-2325) to inform us of your needs.

Questions?
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at certification@ahia.org.
or click here to view FAQs.
 
 
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