CICA Sunset FAQs

Effective Dec. 31, 2019, the HFMA Certified Inpatient Coding Auditor (CICA) certification program has been retired and is no longer available for purchase as an HFMA certification program. 


CICA holders may retain and continue to use the CICA credential. The HFMA CICA credential will remain valid for life. CICA certificants can continue to utilize the digital badge, list the certification on transcripts, in signature and resume.

HFMA will not require a recertification (maintenance) component. If you so desire, you may get certified with a different coding training program and add to your credentials. Any previously communicated maintenance details no longer apply to the CICA certification.

Registered candidates preparing to take the assessment, or retake, will have access to the CICA program assessment in their HFMA eLearning account for the duration of their 18-month access period – even if the course end date falls past the program retirement date of Dec. 31, 2019. 

Yes, for those candidates already registered. Candidates who fail the CICA assessment will be able to retake the assessment after the mandated 30-day waiting period if within their 18-month access period.

If you have any questions, please contact the Career Services Department at (800) 252-4362 or via email to

HFMA Certification Retirement Policy

HFMA provides 45 days’ notice for the retirement of any certification assessment. Such announcements are emailed and/or posted on the applicable certification webpage. All candidates currently pursuing a retiring certification path have until their program expiration date to pass the retiring exam(s). Existing certficant holders retain the certification (maintenance requirements vary).

Note: After a certification program has been retired for 90 days it will be removed from the website (time period may vary depending on certification).