Board Certification Through ACMPE

Showcase your expertise by becoming a Certified Medical Practice Executive

Get certified through ACMPE

The Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) credential confirms your expertise and brings greater recognition from physicians, executives, industry professionals and peers. Board certification through the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE)* is based on a body of knowledge specific to medical practice management and is the only board certification in medical practice management.

*ACMPE is the certification and fellowship authority of MGMA and has been certifying medical practice executives since 1956.

Individuals with two or more years of experience in healthcare management, including at least six months in a supervisory role, are qualified to apply.

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Why should you become a CMPE?

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


View more ACMPE testimonials.

The CMPE credential serves to demonstrate your knowledge and experience in medical practice management.

The credential covers six areas of expertise that apply to practice management:

Details on each domain are specified in the Body of Knowledge (BOK) for Medical Practice Management.

Download BOK Brochure


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.

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

Steps to certification

Board certification validates your knowledge and skills through the completion of three requirements:

  • 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 - 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.
  • 50 hours of continuing education (CE) - through a variety of qualifying activities

These requirements can be completed in the order that works for you. Read more about the exams and how to register.


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.





What our members say:

"The pursuit of certification deepened my understanding of complex practice management issues, resulting in career advancement, increased income and greater impact on the daily operations of my group."

Rodney Haynes, MBA, CMPE
CEO at Pocahontas Medical Clinic,
Pocahontas, Ark.