Recertification

The purpose of recertification is to prove competency and growth in the specialty areas as well as the basic category. All California Certified Medical Assistants must recertify every five years in order to maintain their active status.

To achieve recertification, you must earn 60 CEUs during the five-year period preceding your application. You are also required to submit proof of current CPR certification. One contact hour (60 minutes of classroom instruction) equals one credit.

Credits must be earned in the basic, administrative or clinical categories and fall within the scope of practice for a medical assistant as defined by the Medical Board of California. Final acceptance of credits and categories will be determined by the recertification department.

Candidates must log in to their accounts to complete a recertification application prior to submitting their credits.

Administrative Requirements (CCMA-A)
  • 30 basic
  • 15 administrative
  • 15 basic or administrative or clinical 
Clinical Requirements (CCMA-C)
  • 30 basic
  • 15 clinical
  • 15 basic or administrative or clinical 
Administrative & Clinical Requirements (CCMA-AC)
  • 30 basic
  • 15 administrative
  • 15 clinical

Earning Credits

There are many ways to obtain credits. The Board does not restrict where you get your continuing educational training. However, we do require that all training be within the scope of practice for a California Certified Medical Assistant.

Credit Categories

Please be aware that credits that are not within the scope of practice for a California Certified Medical Assistant (e.g., EMT, CNA, radiology tech, dental, massage therapy and spiritual healing) will be denied. We may give partial credit if the complete course outline is included with the application and the training is within the scope of practice for a California Certified Medical Assistant.

Review Process & Results

The review process can take 30-45 days from submission of a completed application. If recertification is deferred, we will contact you regarding missing documentation. You are encouraged to start the recertification process 3-6 months prior to the end of the current active date.

When recertification is granted, you will receive a wallet card and a seal which can be attached to your original certificate. If you need a replacement certificate, wallet card or pin, please contact us.

Applicant Handbook

The CCBMA Applicant Handbook provides important information about the recertification process, policies, helpful resources and more.