Our Certification Programs

NAMSS credentialed professionals have met extensive training and experience requirements, and commit to NAMSS Certificant Code of Ethics that require them to safeguard the public and to promote quality patient care. That's why partnering with a NAMSS credentialed professional gives health care organizations confidence today and a more secure tomorrow.

NAMSS CPCS® and/or CPMSM® certifications are for individuals typically employed or contracted by a healthcare organization including, but not limited to, hospitals (health systems), health plans, ambulatory care settings, group practices and credentialing verification organizations. Over 2,500 organizations are employers of NAMSS credentialed professionals. They know that NAMSS credentialed professionals inspire confidence and satisfaction.

NAMSS credentialed professionals hold the certifications recognized as the standard of excellence for medical service professionals. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited both the CPCS® and CPMSM® certification programs. NAMSS has earned and maintained NCCA accreditation because we've continued to demonstrate that our certification programs are grounded in and meets legal testing requirements — as well as generally accepted certification standards.

Exam Information

Find out about upcoming dates and deadlines, exam fees, how to register for the exam, what to bring with you, how to prepare and access materials important to candidates.


Want to make sure that you maintain your certification? Review the policies, guidelines and fees related to recertification.

Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions and we have answers. Here are some of the most common questions about certification and answers to help guide you.

NAMSS Digital Badges

NAMSS is proud of our digital badges for CPCS® and CPMSM® certifications, NAMSS Fellows, Hall of Fame and Leadership Certificates. NAMSS digital badges address the growing need of our members to demonstrate their skills to a broader network and stay current with evolving technological advancements. As part of these efforts, paper certificates will no longer be mailed to new certificants but a PDF certificate will be available for MSPs to download and print at their convenience. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to access your certificate PDF.

CPCS® and CPMSM® are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a service mark of National Association Medical Staff Services.

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