HL7 FHIR Profiling course

Number of Days
2 days, 09:00 to 16:30
Who should attend
This training course is intended for  those who are responsible for data modelling and conformance – including both standards developers (who create implementation guides for others to implement) as well as standards implementers (who have to create interoperable software applications).

Summary of course content

The FHIR profiling training course provides an in-depth discussion of the profiling mechanism offered by FHIR, inclusive of related aspects such as resource validation and the creation of implementation guides. FHIR offers a set of building blocks from which interoperability solutions can be created.

Profiles combine those blocks into solutions, serving a similar purpose to implementation guides, templates, archetypes and detailed clinical models associated with other interoperability standards. The training course contains a series of hands-on exercises allowing the attendee to get a in depth understanding of the material covered.


There are several options for training. If you would like an on-site training the dates and times can be adjusted to fit your needs.
There are also training options offered by HL7 affiliates on fixed dates throughout the year. For more information contact us.

Goals of the training course

Upon completion of this training course, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain what the FHIR conformance layer is and how it is used to profile FHIR for a specific context or use case.
  • Understand how domain information requirements translate to conformance resources.
  • Create a FHIR profile to cover a specific context or use case.
  • Know where and how to register and find existing conformance resources.
  • Author, register and validate conformance resources using tools.
  • Author and publish a FHIR Implementation Guide.
  • Be aware of governance issues around the creation and publication of conformance resources.


The attendees are assumed to:

  • be familiar with the core components of the FHIR standard,
  • have installed the Forge profile editor on their laptop,
  • and to have created a Simplifier.net account.


Note: the program is subject to change; almost every module is followed by an exercise.

Day 1

  • Introduction to FHIR Conformance Layer
    • Principal components
    • Explanation of the use-case used by the exercises
  • Expressing Conformance in FHIR
    • Profiles and extensions
  • Terminology resources
    • ValueSets and CodeSystems
  • Tooling

Day 2

  • Other Conformance resources
  • Formal Constraints
    • FhirPath
  • Implementation Guides
  • Validation Process
  • Profiling in <your country>, optional
  • Summary and recommendations
    • Governance – e.g. national/regional/vendor profiles and implementation guides

Course Materials

We will provide each participant with handouts containing all materials covered in the training as well as other support materials.

Your instructor is available during lunch and after 16:30 for informal discussions about your specific area of interest or applications.