I'm happy to share that I passed the CHPC exam on Friday on my first try and scored well. Over the last year, I've been monitoring the CHPC study group page and saved a few of the posts that I thought would be helpful when it came to crunch time for studying. I'm attaching them here.
In addition, I attended the HCCA's basic Privacy Academy in January which I think was helpful in respect to shedding light on areas of privacy that I was not familiar with. This gave me direction in to what I needed to spend more time on in my studies. I also took and passed the CHC about a year and a half ago, which I think prepared me well for the 10 questions or so that were more specific to general compliance and maintaining/implementing an effective compliance program. I can't say enough about work experience... I've had responsibility for our privacy compliance program for about 2 years now, and living in "privacy world" prepared me well. So, my advice is not to rush taking the test; make sure you get good experience under your belt first.
As far as prep time, I studied pretty intently for about a month prior to the exam, studying in the evenings after work, and over the weekends as time permitted. I also took 3 vacation days just prior to the test and studied from morning to night.
This might contradict many other opinions, but I personally did not feel that considering the hypothetical questions on this page and the HIPAA page were especially helpful. Some of the posts have so many different opinions, it's difficult to figure out what the most correct posts are. So, I tended not to spend time considering the posts as far as exam prep.
Good luck future test takers!
Anthony Ambrose, MBA, CHC, CHPC
Service Access and Management, Inc.