Exam Option

Due to the Covid 19 social distancing guidelines, limited seating and the safety of our candidates, CCBMA is currently suspending recertification by exam.  At this time all recertification applicants must apply using the continuing education method.

The recertification by examination option is available to any California Certified Medical Assistant within one year of expiration of active credentials. If you'd like to recertify after the credentialing period has passed, you will be required to complete the initial certification exam.

All recertification applicants must provide a copy of a signed U.S.-government issued ID and a CPR card. Once your application is approved, you may schedule your exam with our testing company for any date, time and location that's convenient for you.

Retaking the Exam

In the event that you fail an exam, you will receive credit for the examination that you passed and may repeat the failed examination up to two times. The fee to retake the basic exam is $105. Retakes of the clinical and administrative exams are $90 each.

You will be sent a retake application explaining that you will have to wait 30 days before attempting the exam(s) again. If you do not pass within the three attempts, you will have to wait 90 days, complete the application, and retake the entire examination. Any examination previously passed will no longer be counted. You may not reapply to retest after three failed attempts if you are not employed as a medical assistant.