Updated Content Outline will go into effect soon

The Certifying Board of the AAMA released a Content Outline for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam that goes into effect July 15, 2021.

This document, also called Content Outline for short, acts as a road map for tracking the topics exam candidates should study to prepare for the CMA (AAMA)® Certification Exam.

Note: If you plan to take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam before July 15, 2021, you should continue to use the previous Content Outline to study for the exam. If you will take the exam on or after July 15, 2021, use the updated Content Outline.

View both versions on the AAMA website under CMA (AAMA) Exam/Study for the Exam/Content Outline:

Content Outline for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam (effective through 7/14/21)

Content Outline for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam (effective on and after 7/15/21)

The ABC-P program has earned I.C.E. accreditation!

The Assessment-Based Certificate in Pediatrics (ABC-P) Program of the AAMA has been awarded accredita­tion under ICE 1100:2019 – Standard for Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. The ABC-P is the only medical assisting continuing education vehicle that has received this prestigious accreditation.

ICE 1100:2019 is a publication of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (or I.C.E.) that has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard for assessment-based certificates.

The ABC-P courses are available to all medical assistants, including CMAs (AAMA), and all other health care pro­fessionals. The courses can be taken together as part of the ABC-P Program or individually for AAMA CEU credit. Altogether, the program is worth 16 CEUs (gen, admin, clin).

Increase your knowledge and your marketable skills! Begin the program today via the AAMA e-Learning Center: https://learning.aama-ntl.org.

Also, use AAMA membership to get discounts on the ABC-P Program. Join or renew today!

The future is now!

Register for the 2021 conference online

Take one small step today for one giant leap this fall. Register online for the 65th AAMA Annual Conference via the AAMA website! Registrants may securely pay their registration fees online, select the continuing education sessions they wish to attend, and choose their ribbons.

Access the conference registration page by clicking on News & Events/Conference, and on the left-side menu, you will see an option to register for the conference. Sign in (or create a new account) to be redirected to the registra­tion page. You also may register by mail or fax.

Conference registration deadline: Aug. 24, 2021

Hotel registration deadline: Sept. 1, 2021

Conference dates: Sept. 24–27, 2021

Claim your space

Reserve your spot among the stars—your fellow medical assistants—in the AAMA room block at the host hotel by Sept. 1, 2021, to take advantage of the conference registration discount. When registering for the AAMA Annual Conference, you must provide a reservation confirma­tion number from the Westin Galleria Houston to get the discount.

AAMA Calendar


AAMA annual conferences

65th—Houston, TX.: Sept. 24–27, 2021

66th—Minneapolis, MN.: Sept. 16–19, 2022

Medical Assistants

Recognition Week: Oct. 18–22, 2021

Recognition Day: Oct. 20, 2021

2021 deadlines

Life Membership nomination: June 1

State officer election notification submissions: June 1

State delegates and alternates submissions: June 1

Excel Awards submissions: July 1

Conference program advertising: July 1

National volunteer leadership applications: Aug. 1

See under Volunteers/Guidelines and Forms to access the information hub for deadlines and forms.

Recertify by June 30, 2021!

To help mitigate the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Certifying Board extended expiration dates until June 30, 2021, for the follow­ing categories:

  • CMAs (AAMA) whose certifica­tions were set to expire Dec. 31, 2020, through May 31, 2021
  • Those with expired credentials who were no longer able to recertify by con­tinuing education (CE) after March 30, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020

No further extensions of certifica­tions, expired certifications, or the 90-day credential expiration policy will be avail­able past June 30, 2021. Thus, visit the “My Account” section of the AAMA website, and double-check your cer­tification expiration date via the “My Certification Information” tab of the left-side menu.

  • If your certification expires June 30, 2021, you have 90 days after your expiration date to recertify by CE or exam. After those 90 days, you must sit for and pass the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam to recertify.
  • If your credential previously expired and you had until March 31, 2020, to recertify by continuing education, you now have until June 30, 2021, to recertify by CE. After June 30, 2021, you must sit for and pass the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam to recer­tify.

The AAMA will be contacting those with certifications expiring in the above time frames with updated certification infor­mation.

Digital badges: Coming soon!

The Certifying Board is now offering digital badging to CMAs (AAMA)! This cutting-edge technology allows CMAs (AAMA) to securely—and quickly—share their credential across the web, on résumés, in email signatures, and via social media outlets to celebrate and validate their achievement.

CMAs (AAMA) who certify or recertify on or after June 1, 2021, will receive a digital badge instead of a paper certificate. Anyone who recertifies before June 1, 2021, will receive a paper certificate.

More info coming soon to the AAMA website.

Leadership forms deadlines

Delegate and Alternate Submission Form. AAMA members and state presi­dents have a deadline to note:

  • Members—talk to your state president about serving as a delegate or alternate in the AAMA House of Delegates. If you are attending but not serving in the House, consider volunteering to serve on a House committee.
  • State presidents—complete and submit these forms (under News & Events/Conference on the AAMA website) to the AAMA by June 1.

State and Chapter Officer Election Notification Form. State and chapter officers—don’t miss important mailings! Complete and submit this form (under Volunteers/Guidelines and Forms) to the AAMA by June 1.

 On the web

Conference advertising

Under News & Events/Conference

Looking to honor one of your leaders or voice your support of a candidate for the AAMA Board of Trustees? Place your order for an ad in the AAMA Annual Conference on-site program by completing the Ad Insertion Order. (Space is limited.)

BOT highlights

Under News & Events/BOT Highlights

Discover the latest decisions of the Board of Trustees and highlights of the February 2021 meeting. (Must be signed in for access.)

Check certification expiration

Within the My Account section/My Certification Information

Time flies—make sure it doesn’t pass your recertification by! CMAs (AAMA) can double-check their certification expiration dates on the AAMA website. Sign in or create an account to stay ahead of the curve.

Recertify online

Under Continuing Education/Apply to Recertify by CE

Current CMAs (AAMA) can recertify on­line—regardless of having all 60 or as few as 30 recertification points from AAMA continuing education sources. Recertifi­cation is just a few clicks away!