The Academy of Health Information Professionals
Follow the steps below for initial application. If you are already a member of the academy, see the renewing page.
MLA's Academy only accepts applications electronically. Download and save the forms, fill in, then upload to your member documents area or (for nonmembers only) send via email.
Download and complete the PDF or Word versions of the required forms for the appropriate level. Save them as PDF or Word Files. Descriptions of the forms are located beneath the table.
Collect all of your supporting documentation in an electronic format (e.g., PDF).
If applying at the member level or above, use the LEDGER form to record the points you have earned. When you have finished, check the total number of points to determine whether you have the required number and distribution of points.
Upload your entire portfolio of professional progress to the "Credentialing/AHIP Documentation" area in your member account. You may combine or provide separate documents.
Please make sure that your forms and documentation are in the order listed on the table above and that documentation for professional activities is in the order listed on form LEDGER.
ONLY after your documentation is complete and uploaded, pay the appropriate nonrefundable application fee (noted below) in US dollars. To pay by credit card (MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or Visa), visit the MLA Store, choose your Academy level, and go through check out (choose the $0.00 ground ship option to avoid errors).
Make checks payable to the Medical Library Association (please indicate that your check is for AHIP membership) and send to:
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Staff will acknowledge receipt of the fee via email. If your portfolio is incomplete, you will be contacted by staff or by a member of the Credentialing Committee. Incomplete portfolios and those unaccompanied by proper fee payment will not be processed until complete.
The Credentialing Committee reviews portfolios on an ongoing basis and approves successful candidates for recognition by the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
If an AHIP portfolio is accepted, the Academy of Health Information Professionals issues certificates signed by the president and the executive director of MLA and, if requested by the applicant, notifies the employer in writing of membership in the academy.
Reviews of portfolios of professional progress are scheduled upon receipt at headquarters. On average, MLA headquarters and the Credentialing Committee process a complete portfolio in two months. Incomplete portfolios take longer.
An appeals panel appointed by the MLA Board of Directors reviews and decides cases in which candidates for recognition question interpretations made by the Credentialing Committee.
Applicants who are denied recognition by the academy will receive written notification of the reasons from the Credentialing Committee chair designate. Appeals of such decisions must be filed with the Academy of Health Information Professionals at MLA headquarters within ninety days of receiving the ineligibility notice by contacting Kathleen Combs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an appeals process, a majority (2/3) of the Appeals Panel will rule (Credentialing Committee, 5/93).
Contact MLA headquarters (312.419.9094 x29) for academy questions and information.
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Last Updated: 2013 March 06