Recertification Guidelines

CCMA-A, C, & AC

The purpose of recertification is to ensure that medical assistants certified by CCBMA continue to maintain the level of knowledge tested at the time of initial certification and demonstrate growth in their specialty areas with continued education and training. Recertification ensures that certificants maintain a commitment to learning and encourages career development by staying abreast of evolving knowledge and skills.

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.

CCBMA, as a courtesy offers a one year grace period to certificants who are missing the required credits to comply with recertification requirements. Your certification will be considered in active. You will also be required to pay a $75 certification reactivation fee along with the recertification fee of $200.

Please note that as of January 1, 2022, in addition to current recertification guidelines, all recertifying CCMA’s will be required to show proof of HIPAA and Cultural Competency training (as part of the required 60 CEUs).

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

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.

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.

Recertification Application Process

The review process can take up to 20 business days from submission of a completed application. If recertification is deferred, we will contact you regarding missing documentation. You may start the recertification process 3-6 months prior to the end your current "active to" date.  You also have the option to expedite the review of your recertification application.  The review will be done within 7 business days. This service costs an additional $75.

Once 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.

Recertification Applicant Handbook

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