A California Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) is a medical assistant who meets the qualifications established by the California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants (CCBMA). Entry-level medical assistants must pass a comprehensive, objective examination administered by CCBMA to become certified. Applicants must pass the basic examination and one specialty (either administrative or clinical). Taking a second specialty is optional.

Step 1
Review the Requirements
Step 2
Apply for the Exam
Step 3
Prepare for the Exam

Applicant Handbook

The CCBMA Applicant Handbook provides more information about the exam, testing process, policies and more.

Study Materials

Review Guide ($40)

Practice Test Booklet ($15)

Medical Math and Dosage Calculations Workbook ($15)

What You Get

Paper certificate

Wallet card


Recertification support

CCBMA Core Values

The following principles are core values for the CCMA applicant and certificant:

Professional Standards

Respect and understand that, as a healthcare professional, the medical assistant is dedicated to providing competent support—within the scope of practice as set forth by the Medical Board of California—with compassion and respect for human diversity and dignity.

Professionalism with Integrity

Practice the profession with honesty, integrity and accountability, respecting all laws and regulations and avoiding any false, fraudulent or deceptive activities.

Improve the Health and Well-being of the Community

Recognize a responsibility to contribute to the improvement of the community and betterment of public health.


Provide services with full respect of the rights of patients and colleagues, and safeguard patient confidence and privacy in accordance with the law, including but not limited to HIPAA compliance requirements.

Improve Knowledge and Skills

Continue to learn, maintaining and improving all knowledge and skills necessary for the ever-changing healthcare environment.