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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:

By Examination

Review and complete the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam Application and provide the required documentation and enrollment fee.

By Continuing Education

Review the AAMA Recertification By Continuing Education Application and provide the required documentation and enrollment fee via either online application or mail submission. See the Apply to Recertify by CE page for details. Note: Applicants for online recertification do not need to fill out the Recertification by Continuing Education Application.

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 90 Days  |  A CMA (AAMA) whose credential has been expired for more than 90 days forfeits the right to reactivate the credential by continuing education and must sit for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam. Important Notice: This policy went into effect starting January 1, 2020.​ But because the Certifying Board of the AAMA recognizes the many challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Certifying Board has granted extensions to the 90-day credential expiration policy for those with expired credentials who are no longer able to recertify by continuing education after ​December 31, 2020. If your credential previously expired and you had until December 31, 2020, to recertify by continuing education, you now have until June 30, 2021, to recertify by continuing education.

Policy Change Examples:

  • Credential expired on 4/30/2016: This individual will have until June 30, 2021, to recertify by CE.
  • Credential expired on 4/30/2019: This individual will have until June 30, 2021, to recertify by CE.
  • Credential expired on 11/30/2019: This individual will have until June 30, 2021, to recertify by CE.
  • Credential expired on 2/29/2020: This individual will have until June 30, 2021, to recertify by CE. 
  • Credential expires on 6/30/2021: This individual will have 90 days to recertify by CE if they have not recertified on time.