What Is The Most Favorable Medical Assistant Certification?

Below you can find a comparison table of four major certification agencies. There are more of them and new organizations are coming up all the time but we zeroed in on the most renowned ones to help you get going.

AAMA AMT NHA NCCT
Link www.aama-ntl.org www.amt1.com www.nhanow.com www.ncctinc.com
Active Since 1956 1939 1989 1989
Credential CMA RMA/CMAS CCMA/CMAA NCMA
Currently Certified Members over 85,000 over 75,000 n/a n/a
Issuer of other credentials
Not-for-profit
Nationwide Recognition
Eligibility criteria
CAAHEP / ABHES accredited program
If Work Experience Only 5 years 1 year 2 years
If guilty of felony [8]
Certification
Exam lifetime attempts [2] 3 4 4
Application fee $125/$250 [1] $90 $155 $90 ~ $155
Computer based
Paper based
Multiple Choice
Test Duration 160 min 120 min 180 min 180 min
Number of Questions 200 200 150 150
Maintain Certification
By examination [3]
By continuing education
Certification Validity Period 5 years 3 years 2 years 5 years
Required CE points / hours per year 12 10 5 14
Internal CE points [4]
External CE points
Recertification payment $125/$250 $90 $169 $77
Online recertification
CPR certification requirement
Membership
Obligatory Membership [7]
Renewal fee $25-$107 [5] $60
Benefits [6]
Career assistance
  1. For AAMA-members and recent graduates (within the last 12 months) of an accredited MA program $125, for non-members $250.
  2. If not passed within the allowed amount of attempts the examinee is no more eligible for the credential.
  3. Certification holders have the option to keep their certification current by retaking the exam.
  4. Option to earn CE points either through internal continuing education programs offered by the corresponding certification body or from other/external sources.
  5. The level of membership fees is based on place of residence and status.
  6. Members get preferred treatment such as reduced recertification fees or legal counsel. Contact your certification agency to get more information.
  7. You have to distinguish between membership and certification. A membership is not required for certification or recertification.
  8. Generally, individuals who have been found guilty of a felony or pleaded guilty to a felony are not eligible for certification exam. However, the certification agency may grant a waiver based upon mitigating circumstances.