ACMPE Certification Process

You play a vital role in the success of your medical practice. Get the professional recognition you deserve by becoming certified in medical practice management through the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). Follow the pathway to your Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) credential:

CMPE Pathway

Expanding Item - View More Qualifications to Apply

To apply for board certification and work toward obtaining the CMPE credential, you must:

  • Be a current MGMA member.
  • Pay a one-time $250 application fee.
  • Submit your completed application form, along with documentation of two years of healthcare management experience, including at least six months in a supervisory role.
  • Starting January 1, 2019, applicants will need a bachelor’s degree or 120 college credit hours (in addition to the current requirements) to apply.

Once you have fulfilled the qualifications and MGMA has verified your professional experience, you will be notified of your acceptance.

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Board certification validates your knowledge and skills through the completion of three requirements (these requirements can be completed in the order that works for you):

  • Multiple choice exam - 175-item, multiple-choice test that assesses your on-the-job knowledge of a broad scope of group practice management principles and practices as described in the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management.
  • Essay exam (Sun-setting September 2017) - assesses in-depth knowledge of medical practice management principles and issues, problem-solving and decision-making skills and the ability to communicate in formal writing style.
  • Scenario-based exam (Replacing Essay exam September 2017)  - Tests in-depth knowledge, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Questions presented as multi-select, multiple choice, short answer item, or drag and drop matching. Here is a question set example. Click here to learn more about the exams.
  • 50 hours of continuing education (CE) - Starting one month prior to your nominee acceptance date through a variety of qualifying activities.

Expanding Item - View More Continuing Education Requirement

Continuing education encourages you to keep learning, improving and seeking best practices while also demonstrating personal and professional development and keeping abreast of changes in the medical practice management field. You can receive credit for:

  • Educational programs (e.g., MGMA and non-MGMA conferences, seminars, webinars or online courses)
  • College/university course work and independent study courses
  • Authorship of published articles, books and chapters
  • Authorship of published online course content
  • Book editorship
  • Formal, face-to-face and webinar presentations at least 30 minutes in length
  • Participation in distance-learning programs (e.g., audio conferences, self-study, online courses) that include the opportunity for interaction and feedback
  • Poster presentations (credit hours equal to number of clock hours scheduled to staff poster for presentation of discussion)
  • Survey participation and questionnaires (e.g., MGMA Cost Survey = six hours, MGMA Physician
  • Compensation Survey = four hours, MGMA Academic Survey = four hours)
  • MGMA magazine article assessments  
  • Read designated MGMA magazine articles and complete the related assessment (each assessment equals one credit hour)
  • Participate in a study group preparing for the board certification exams (hour-for-hour credit when delivering or listening to a formal presentation) 
  • Conduct or participate in internal staff training (must cover topics from the Body of Knowledge, not just organizational policy) 
  • Participate in a board retreat with a formal presentation
  • Attend your local or state MGMA organization meetingsAttend a vendor presentation that covers more than product features (such as the regulatory issues behind a system)
  • Participate in education required by your medical malpractice insurance carrier
  • CareerTrack or other career-development training
  • CME courses offered through your state medical association
  • Some medical societies, such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, offer continuing education credits for completing quizzes associated with their magazines

For more information about continuing education requirements, click here.

Expanding Item - View More ACMPE Knowledge Assessment, 3rd Edition

Discover your strengths and opportunities within the six Body of Knowledge domains necessary for success in medical practice management. The ACMPE Knowledge Assessment, 3rd Edition, is an online self-scored, objective 175 multiple-choice question evaluation of your strengths and areas for further development within the six domains defined in the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management, 3rd Edition.

Questions are linked to resources that can be used for further study. The assessment can be taken more than once to track your knowledge development.

Use the assessment to:

  • Identify your core strengths
  • Prepare for the board certification exams
  • Assess your staff’s strengths and development opportunities

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2017 exam dates:

Exam Dates Location Registration
March 11 – 25, 2017 Nationwide computerized testing – view locations Registration Closed

June 10 – 24, 2017

Nationwide computerized testing – view locations Registration Closed

September 9 – 23, 2017

Nationwide computerized testing – view locations July 24 – August 4, 2017
December 2 – 16, 2017 Nationwide computerized testing – view locations October 23 – November 3, 2017

Read more about the exams and how to register.

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The Certification Commission and the MGMA Board vote monthly to confer and award the CMPE designation to individuals who have completed the requirements. After the vote is final, staff will send official notification of your advancement. Make your accomplishment visible:

  • Include the CMPE designation after your name in all business correspondence, published articles, speaking engagement materials, business cards, resume, etc.
  • Incorporate this accomplishment into your next performance evaluation/annual review.
  • Prominently display your board certification certificate

Once you have earned the CMPE credential, you must meet an ongoing CE requirement to ensure up-to-date knowledge and skills. Get more information on qualifying CE activities. You must also maintain a current MGMA membership to retain your credential.

Take the next step in your career. Start your board certification journey today.

Certification Process Certification Resources Certification Application


Watch Steffanie Emerson, CMPE share why she chose to pursue board certification through ACMPE. View more ACMPE testimonials.