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ACMPE Certification... Why do I need it?



ACMPE 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.

Earning the Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) credential validates and verifies your expertise and experience in medical practice management. The certification process is based on The Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management, which reflects the knowledge and skills necessary for success in this fast-paced field.

Fellow status (FACMPE) is the highest level of distinction you can earn in the medical practice management profession. It signifies:

  • Superior standards of performance
  • Professional competency
  • Ongoing personal and professional development in the field


Get started

To apply to the ACMPE board certification program and work toward obtaining the CMPE credential, you must:

  • Be a current MGMA member.
  • Pay a one-time $250 ACMPE board certification application fee.
  • Submit your completed application form, along with documentation of two years of healthcare management experience, including at least six months in a supervisory role. Adobe PDF

Once we’ve received your application fee and form and verified your professional experience, we’ll notify you of your acceptance into the healthcare management certification program!


ACMPE board certification validates your knowledge and skills through the completion of three requirements: an objective exam, an essay exam and continuing education. The process is designed to work for your success.

Whether you decide to complete your continuing education hours first, take one or both of your exams first, or do everything concurrently is up to you.

Types of Exams

To achieve the CMPE credential, members must pass both the objective and essay examinations. Developed by Certified Members and Fellows, these exams will test you on factual information, problem-solving skills, written communication and general management knowledge. The exams will span the four competencies and eight areas of responsibility outlined in the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management.

The CMPE credential covers eight areas of expertise, allowing you to master each area of practice management: 

  • Business Operations
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Management
  • Organizational Governance
  • Patient Care Systems
  • Quality Management
  • Risk Management
  1. Objective exam: Candidates must receive a score of at least 70 percent on a 175-item, multiple-choice test within three hours and 15 minutes. Fee: $165  
    This exam assesses your on-the-job knowledge of a broad scope of group practice management principles and practices as described in the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management.

  2. Essay exam: Candidates must use formal essay style to respond to questions on three real-life practice management situations within one and a half hours. Fee: $165  
    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.

    View tip sheets for the essay and objective exams.


Objective and essay exams are designed to demonstrate your level of expertise in medical practice management. As such, examinees must have two years of ambulatory or other healthcare management experience. This experience must include at least six months as a direct supervisor of people in a healthcare delivery system, as well as significant functional responsibility in at least one of the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management domains.

  • Exam registration
    Objective exams are offered via computer at many locations across the United States. Learn more about exam dates and registration details.
  • Credit hours
    Candidates must accumulate 50 credit hours in order to advance to CMPE status (assuming all the other requirements have been completed). You may receive credit for continuing education taken within one month prior to your Nominee acceptance date. You may choose to work concurrently on preparing for and taking the exams and meeting the continuing education requirements.

    Get more information on qualifying continuing education activities.


The ACMPE Certification Commission and the MGMA Board vote monthly to confer and award the CMPE designation to individuals who have completed the requirements. Once you have completed the board certification requirements, your name will be presented to the ACMPE Certification Commission and the MGMA Board. After the vote is final, ACMPE will send official notification of your advancement.

Once you achieve your certification, ensure that you enjoy instant recognition as an effective and experienced leader in your field by:

  • Including the CMPE designation after your name in all business correspondence, published articles, speaking engagement materials, etc. Don’t forget to add it to your automatic email signature and your profile in the MGMA Member Community.
  • Reprinting your business cards and résumé, with the CMPE designation placed after your name. Be sure to use "CMPE” and not "C.M.P.E.” To further clarify the meaning of CMPE in a context such as a resume, you can add:
    "A person who has earned the Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) designation has achieved board certification in medical practice management. The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) certifies an individual’s competence and advancement to CMPE status when the individual has passed objective and essay examinations and earned 50 continuing education credit hours.”
  • Incorporating this accomplishment into your next performance evaluation/annual review.
  • Prominently displaying your board certification certificate.
  • Send a news release to local news publications, business groups, associations and community groups to which you and/or your organization belong.



For more information, Contact Your Georgia ACMPE Forum Representative:
Annette Sloan, RN, FACMPE, CPC
Specialty Clinics of GA
1250 Jesse Jewell Pkwy Ste 200
Gainesville GA
Office: 678-450-3765
Fax: 678-450-3761

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