How to Find Out If My Medical Assistant Certification Is Still Good?

In the United States, most Certified Medical Assistants are licensed and certified by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). The AAMA, in tandem with the National Board of Medical Examiners, processes applications and regulates exams for certification. Certification is only valid for five years, after which medical assistants must re-certify by submitting evidence of continuing education or by sitting for a second certification exam.

Instructions

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      Consult your medical assistant certificate or wallet card. Both of these documents verify the dates of your certification. If you have misplaced these documents, contact your current employer or a recent employer. Employers are required to keep a record of all employees' certification. Request a copy of your certification.

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      Determine when you passed the certification exam. The certification exam is normally the last component of the certification process. Certification takes effect approximately six weeks after exam, once your scores are processed. Certification is valid for 60 months, as of June 2011.

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      Confirm the status of your certification on the American Association of Medical Assistants website (aama-ntl.org/), which publishes records of certified medical assistants so that employers and members of the public can verify a medical assistant's credentials. Search by entering your certification number and name or by entering the last four digits of your Social Security number and name.

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      Contact the certification department of the American Association of Medical Assistants at 312-899-1500, as of June 2011. Provide your name, Social Security number and/or certification number. A representative will advise you of the status of your certification.

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