Board Certification

"Validate Your Knowledge and Strengthen Your Skills with the Healthcare
Management Certification Program from MGMA-ACMPE"


Studying PictureACMPE board certification is designed for individuals with at least two years of experience in healthcare management. The CMPE credential confirms your expertise and brings greater recognition from physicians, executives, industry professionals and peers. By becoming certified, you demonstrate an expanded knowledge of medical practice management, you enhance your professional status by earning a nationally recognized professional designation, and you expands your network of medical practice executives who have chosen to excel in the profession.

Are You Ready for Certification?

ACMPE is the certification and fellowship entity of MGMA and has been certifying medical practice executives since 1956. If you have at least two years of experience in healthcare management you may be ready to work towards certification.

See if you are ready to take the exam by considering these questions:

  • Do you have two or more years of ambulatory or other healthcare management experience?
  • Do you have at least six months experience as a direct supervisor of people in a healthcare delivery system?
  • Have you pursued continuing education in the field of healthcare management in the last year?
  • Are you a current MGMA member?


Taking the first step is simple.  To become Certified, you must have two year’ s experience as a practice manager with at least six months in a supervisory role.  You must be a member of National MGMA.  The next step is to make application for Certification which requires a $250 application fee and proof of your work history.  Completion of this process makes you eligible to be a Nominee.  As a Nominee, you work at your own pace to prepare for a 175 question objective exam, and a 3 essay question exam.  There are a number of helpful resources available to help you prepare including practice exams, study groups, and work books based on the Body of Knowledge.  Many of these resources are little to no cost. Additionally, there is no time limit on how long you have to sit for your exams once you become a Nominee.  It is designed to be a self- paced process.

How to Register for Computerized Exams

  • Exam Eligibility - Before registering for the exams, you must be an active participant in the ACMPE program (Your application, application fee and documentation of a minimum of two years' experience in an ambulatory or other healthcare management position and a minimum of six months in a supervisory role must be approved.) For additional information, please read more on how to Get Started.
  • Exam registration fees - You can pay your exam registration fees through the MGMA online store or by calling toll-free 877.275.6462, ext. 1888.
  • Confirmation of eligibility - Within five business days of paying your exam registration fees, you will receive a Notice to Schedule email. You will receive one Notice to Schedule per exam. This will include your personal user name and password allowing you to make your exam appointment at a designated testing facility.
  • Select exam date, time and location - With your user name and password in hand, you must follow the link provided to locate your specific exam site and schedule a date and time to take the exams. Please note that you must book one appointment per exam. If you have registered for both exams, you will need to book two appointments.  Exam site hours vary by location. You will be able to choose any available appointment that works for you during the exam window. Please note that exam appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis, so scheduling early will help ensure the best choice of appointment time and location. Directions to your selected exam site, procedures and other information will be provided to you in an email from our testing vendor, Castle Worldwide.

2017 Exam Dates

  • March 11 - 15 (Registration: January 30 - February 10)
  • June 10 - 24 (Registration: April 24 - May 5)
  • September 9 - 23 (Registration: July 24 - August 4)
  • December 2 - 16 (Registration: October 23 - November 3)

Exam Resources

Please see below for a listing of exam preparation resources and release timeframe:

  • Exam Workbook: Fall 2015
  • Body of Knowledge Review Series: Summer 2015
  • Body of Knowledge flash cards: Now available to purchase. A set of 5 decks of cards is $25.
  • ACMPE Exams page of the MGMA website.
  • Testing center locations.

About the Examinations

  • Multiple choice: Fee $165
    A 175-item, multiple-choice test taken within three hours and 15 minutes. This exam assesses your on-the-job knowledge of the broad scope of group practice management principles and practices as described in the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management
  • Essay: Fee $165
    Responses to questions about three real-life practice management situations must be answered in formal essay style within one and a half hours. This 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.
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