Certification News


New CE requirements for Dual Certificants, effective 2010

The CCN and the Board of Directors of NAMSS have unanimously voted to change the CE requirements for dual certificants (beginning in 2010). During the decision-making process for this change, both Boards recognized that the two certifications (CPMSM and CPCS) were created because there are distinct differences in the level of skill, knowledge, and expertise needed to perform the specific job functions and to pass each exam. Therefore, since such differences exist initially, the same holds true for recertification. Extensive research identified overwhelming evidence indicating organizations offering multiple certifications and/or licensures typically have specific recertification/re-licensure requirements for each certification/license held. Therefore, beginning with the 2010 recertification cycle, all dual certificants will be required to obtain 45 CE credits for recertification, of which 25 must be NAMSS approved. This requirement becomes effective with the first recertification cycle in which you hold dual certification for the entire three-year period. For example, if you were, or are due for:

  • Recertification in 2007, 45 credits will be due in the next recertification cycle of 2010.
  • Recertification due in 2008, 45 credits will be due in the next recertification cycle of 2011.
  • Recertification due in 2009, 45 credits will be due in the next recertification cycle of 2012.

These changes were made in an effort to enhance continued knowledge, ability, and proficiency in each field represented by certification. The change also will be the first step of many to raise the level of our profession. NAMSS and the CCN have begun the work through the Industry and Government Relations Committee to have the certifications of NAMSS recognized in the standards of regulatory bodies. The CCN will be working to define what will be accepted as a CE and any equivalent CE sources for the purpose of recertification.  In addition, we will offer information regarding the many ways available to obtain additional CE outside of the NAMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition and your respective State Conferences. Please continue to check the NAMSS Web site and Synergy for further information regarding these subjects.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the NAMSS Executive Office and/or the members of the Certification Commission at certification@namss.org or (202) 367-1196.

The CPCS and CPMSM examinations are the standard in the medical services profession and are a symbol of excellence within the industry. Earning the credential signifies that an individual has demonstrated the knowledge and skills required to perform competently in today's complex medical credentialing enviroment. The certification cycle begins at the time of notification of successful completion of the certification examination and continues through October 31, three years later, and every three years thereafter. The certification cycle for those holding dual certification begins at the time of notification of successful completion of the first certification exam and continues through October 31, three years later, and every three years thereafter. Subsequent certifications are rolled into the initial certification cycle.

If you have any questions about upcoming exams, please contact the NAMSS Executive Office at certification@namss.org.

NAMSS CPCS and CPMSM Exams Accredited by National Commission for Certifying Agencies

On June 11, 2008 the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the CPMSM and CPCS Exams of NAMSS for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).

The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2003 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. NAMSS joins an elite group of 93 organizations representing over 200 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at www.credentialingexcellence.org.