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Recertification Policies

Recertification standards for the CMA (AAMA)® give evidence of continuing competency and knowledge.

Current Status  |  Current status is required in order to use the CMA (AAMA) credential.

Effective January 1, 2010, all newly certified and recertifying CMAs (AAMA) will be current for 60 months from the end of the calendar month of initial certification or most recent recertification.

Recertification Methods  |  CMAs (AAMA) may choose one of two ways to recertify:

 Recertify in These Simple Steps

 Choose Between Two Methods:

Method 1


Recertify by Continuing Education

Requires earning 60 continuing education units (CEUs)

1. Use the "Find CEUs" webpage to learn all the ways you can acquire both AAMA and non-AAMA CEUs.

2. Earn 60 CEUs total and meet all requirements:

  • 10 administrative
  • 10 clinical
  • 10 general
  • 30 combination of administrative, clinical, or general content area(s) of your choosing

(30 of the 60 recertification points must be AAMA CEUs)

3. Submit your application for recertification by continuing education, which includes providing the required documentation and enrollment fee via either online application or mail submission.

If applying with all AAMA CEUs, instant processing is available:

  • By phone


  • Online

If applying with any non-AAMA CEUs, processing times vary:

  • Mailed application: 30 days
  • Online: 2–3 weeks
  • Online expedited: 5–7 days

See the Apply to Recertify by CE webpage for details.

Note: Applicants for online recertification do not need to fill out the Recertification by Continuing Education Application.

Method 2


Recertify by Exam

Requires passing the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam again

1. Review the steps outlined on the "Exam Application Steps" webpage​.

2. Submit your application to take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam, which includes providing the required documentation and enrollment fee.

3. Study for the exam.

​​4. Take and pass the exam!

Expired Status  |  Those not recertifying on or before the expiration date of their credential will be considered as having an expired credential. They may reactivate the credential by recertifying by examination or continuing education.

Expired ​Three Months  |  A CMA (AAMA) whose credential has been expired for more than ​three months forfeits the right to reactivate the credential by continuing education and must sit for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam.

Last Date to Apply by Continuing Education Timelines

CMA (AAMA) Certification

Expiration Date

​Last Date to Apply to

Recertify by CE

1/31/2023 4/30/2023
2/28/2023 5/31/2023
3/31/2023 6/30/2023
4/30/2023 7/31/2023
5/31/2023 8/31/2023
6/30/2023 9/30/2023
​7/31/2023 10/31/2023
8/31/2023 11/30/2023
9/30/2023 12/31/2023
10/31/2023 1/31/2024 
11/30/2023 2/29/2024
12/31/2023 3/31/2024
1/31/2024 4/30/2024
2/29/2024 5/31/2024
3/31/2024 6/30/2024
4/30/2024 7/31/2024
5/31/2024  8/31/2024
6/30/2024 9/30/2024
7/31/2024 10/31/2024
8/31/2024 11/30/2024
9/30/2024  12/31/2024

"Do Recertification Points Earned Prior to Initial Certification Count Toward Recertification?" Flow Chart

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