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Board Certification Requirements

Show an entire profession your commitment to the business of medical practice administration. Start your Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) pursuit by following the current program criteria outlined below and take note of the enhanced requirements due to take effect in 2019.

New program enhancements begin in 2019

MGMA is excited to announce new enhancements to the ACMPE board certification program due to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Learn more about the board certification program changes.

Current program criteria — effective through Dec. 31, 2018

To apply for board certification, you must:

  • Be a current MGMA member. Not a member yet? Join us.
  • Have two years of healthcare management experience.
  • Have six months of experience in a supervisory role.
  • Pay a $250 application and processing fee.
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After program acceptance, applicants must demonstrate mastery of the principles outlined in our Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management by completing three requirements:

  • Pass a multiple choice exam - This 175-item, multiple-choice exam assesses your on-the-job knowledge of the broad scope of group practice management principles and practices as described in the six domains of the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management. View exam competencies.
  • Pass a scenario-based exam – This 90-item exam assesses in-depth knowledge of medical practice management principles, problem-solving and decision-making skills a candidate would need to handle and resolve real-world medical practice issues through 18-25 scenarios. View exam competencies.
  • Earn 50 hours of continuing education (CE) - You can start earning CE 30 days prior to your nominee acceptance date through a variety of qualifying activities. CE credit can also be earned during your exam preparation and after passing the exams.

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

Maintaining your CMPE credential

Certified Medical Practice Executives strive for a richer understanding of complex practice management issues. To ensure this continued commitment, CMPEs must meet the following requirements to maintain their credential:

  • Submit 50 CE hours every three years
  • Remain an MGMA member
  • Consider ACMPE Fellowship (Optional) - Once you’re board certified, you’ll be eligible to join an influential group of exceptional practice leaders through ACMPE Fellowship, the highest level of distinction you can earn in medical practice management.


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, Pocahontas Medical Clinic