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Version 3 Certification

The HL7 Reference Information Model (RIM) is an information model representing all information needed for healthcare interoperability. All HL7 standards can be mapped to the RIM. The HL7 Version 3 (V3) RIM is the foundation on which HL7 V3 messaging is built and has widespread adoption. The HL7 V3 RIM is also the foundation on which HL7's Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®) is built.

Why get V3 certified?

HL7 V3 certification will help you achieve industry-recognized levels of proficiency and expertise. Increase your career opportunities and stand out from the crowd by becoming HL7-certified.

The V3 RIM Specialist certification exam test proficiency at reading the RIM constructs, knowledge of its content and understanding of its design and application. To pass, you need to be able to identify the classes and structure of the RIM and recognize their use within standards such as CDA.

Prerequisites and Fees

There are no prerequisites required to take the V3 RIM Specialist exam. However, we strongly recommend a combination of courses, study resources and practical experience to prepare yourself for the exam. View certification exam fees. All HL7 certification and proficiency exams are approved by the VA for reimbursement for eligible veterans. More information is available here.

Recommended Courses

HL7 Fundamentals Course
This online introductory 12-week course is offered three times per year. It addresses HL7 standards for creating and exchanging healthcare information, including V2, V3, CDA and Fast Healthcare Interoperabiilty Resources (FHIR®).

Introduction to Version 3 (Parts 1 & 2)
Part 1 is a rigorous introduction to HL7's Version 3. Part 2 builds on fundamentals by focusing on how messaging is addressed with the Version 3 standard.

V3 RIM Specialist Certification Review
This 2-part webinar reviews RIM concepts as part of a student's preparation to sit for the V3 RIM Specialist certification test.

Version 3 Path to Certification Bundle
Individuals have the option to purchase a certification bundle consisting of the following:

  • Introduction to Version 3 (4 webinars)
  • Exam Preparation for Version 3 (2 webinars)
  • Study tips and Practice Exam

Experience Opportunities

HL7 Work Groups
Volunteer for an HL7 work group and participate by developing a standards specification.

HL7 Working Group Meetings
Attend one of our working group meetings held three times per year at various locations across the U.S. and the globe.


Cancellation Policy

To be eligible for a refund minus the $50 cancellation fee, you must cancel 120 hours before the examination date. However, if you reschedule or cancel within 120 hours, you will be assessed a $95 fee. No shows will not be eligible for any refund.

Register for the Exam


Show the World You Have Standards

Pass the HL7 V3 RIM certification exam and earn your V3 RIM badge for displaying on LinkedIn or other online media.

HL7 V3 Digital        Badge

Once your receive your certificate of completion, download your badge at badgelist.com/HL7

Study Resources