How to Renew Medical Assisting Certification

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Certified medical assistants must renew their credentials every 60 months. Renewal is completed by taking a recertification exam or by earning continuing education units. It is important to renew the CMA on time to avoid a lapse in certification.

Examination Recertification

  • Submit an application for recertification. It is important to make sure your application is received at least 90 days before the expiration of your current certification. The application must be accurately completed. All documentation and fees must be sent with the application.

  • Schedule your test time. A notice that your application has been received should be sent back to you with a scheduling permit within 30 days of your application submission. The scheduling permit will have specific instructions for scheduling your test at a Prometric Testing Center.

  • Review all information you will need for the recertification test. Note the specific details for your test center, such as when you should arrive and what identification you will need to bring.

  • Take the recertification exam. You will receive official test results within 10 weeks of the test. If you have passed, your certificate will also be mailed within 10 weeks.

Continuing Education Recertification

  • Earn continuing education units throughout your current certification period. CEUs can be earned through online courses, self study, e-learning centers and American Association of Medical Assistants conferences. For recertification, you must earn 60 CEUs, at least 10 of which must be administrative, 10 must be clerical and 10 general.

  • Gather your transcripts from the AAMA and documentation for CEUs that are earned through non-AAMA provided courses.

  • Submit your application for recertification. The application must be submitted at least 90 days before your current certification expires. Submit all documentation and fees to avoid a denial of your application.

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