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CDA® Certification

The Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®) is HL7's primary standard for representing structured clinical documentation on patients for the purposes of health information exchange.

CDA is most commonly known for its applications in information exchange for the continuum of care via the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) implementation guide and for the reporting of electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) via its Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) implementation guide. Both of these CDA implementation guides are required to be used for the CMS Promoting Interoperability Programs.

Why get CDA certified?

HL7 CDA 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 CDA certification exam tests proficiency in the overall attributes of the CDA document. To pass, you must demonstrate your knowledge of the CDA specification and implementation guides and be able to apply this knowledge in real-world implementation efforts.

Prerequisites and Fees

The CDA Specialist certification exam does not require any prerequisites. 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 Version 2 (V2), CDA and Fast Healthcare Interoperabiilty Resources (FHIR®)

Introduction to CDA (Parts 1 & 2)
This two-part webinar presents an overview of the CDA, outlines the business case for CDA, its primary design principles and capabilities and its family of implementation guides.

Advanced CDA (Parts 1 & 2)
This two-part webinar dives deeper into CDA, Release 2, its derivation from the RIM and issues relevant to implementing CDA 2.0 solutions.

CDA Certificate Exam Review (Parts 1 & 2)
This course contains two 90-minute session to review the CDA standard in preparation for the CDA Specialst Certificate Exam. 

Experience Opportunities

HL7 Work Groups
Join the Structured Documents Work Group and help develop the CDA standard and implementation guides.

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 CDA certification exam and earn your CDA Specialist badge for displaying on LinkedIn or other online media.

HL7 CDA Digital        Badge

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

Study Resources