ACMPE Certification FAQS

ACMPE - The American College of Medical Practice Executives

What is ACMPE Board certification?
ACMPE certification is designed to verify and validate expertise and experience in medical practice management in the eight domains of the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management. To begin the certification process, you are required to have two years of ambulatory or other healthcare management experience that includes 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 eight domains in the Body of Knowledge.

Why choose ACMPE for certification?
Established in 1956, the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) is the standard-setting and certification division of MGMA-ACMPE, the oldest and largest member organizations representing medical group practices. 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.

What Does the Requirement Mean for Nominees?
A cumulative total of 50 credit hours is among the requirements for advancement to Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) status. You may receive credit for continuing education taken up to one month prior to your nominee acceptance date.

What Does the Requirement Mean for CMPE and Fellows?
Once you have advanced to CMPE or Fellow status, you must earn and submit 50 hours of qualifying credit hours every three years to maintain your designation. All members are on the same three-year cycle; the current cycle began Jan. 1, 2019, and concludes Dec. 21, 2021. MGMA will calculate a prorated requirement for CMPEs who advance after the beginning of a cycle. Be sure to check your transcript regularly to see how many hours you still need to fulfill.
ACMPE Continuing Education Requirements
Starting in 2019, MGMA will still require 50 hours to maintain your ACMPE credentials and to complete your CMPE. Of the 50 hours: 

30 hours must be from MGMA National, state or local.

  • Article assessments (free, 10 a year offered)
  • Webinars (free as long as they are not certificate bearing, 25-45 a year)
  • Survey participation
  • Lunch and learns/ Meetings with professional development (presentation on a topic)

Of the 30 hours, 12 must be from LIVE learning from MGMA National, state or local.

  • Live Webinars
  • Live teleconferences
  • Face to Face Events

20 hours must also come from qualified sources that pertain to the medical practice management field or MGMA.


  • Recognized professional associations and organizations
  • College and university coursework
  • Formal presentations
  • Distance learning with interactivity

Why Does Continuing Education Matter?
Continuing education encourages you to keep learning, improving and seeking best practices while also demonstrating personal and professional development and keeping abreast of changes in the medical practice management field.

Need ACMPE Credit?
Most of MGMA’s education programs offer continuing education credit through the American College of Medical Practice Executives, the certification and Fellowship entity of MGMA, for those working toward certification or fellowship.

Log Your ACMPE Hours: 

  1. Sign in to
  2. Select “My Dashboard” found on the top right corner.
  3. Select “MANAGE MY ACCOUNT” found on the top left corner.
  4. Select “ACMPE TRACKING” found on the left side to enter the portal.
  5. Click “Full ACMPE Continuing Education Listing” to review your total claimed credit hours and to request altering existing credit hours.
  6. Click “Add ACMPE Continuing Education Hours” to claim all qualified hours for ACMPE.
    • To add hours for MGMA and external sources, click “Claim My Additional Credit”.
    • To claim your completed MGMA webinars and conferences, click “Claim My Attended MGMA Events”.

Approved ACMPE Continuing Education
MGMA recognizes that numerous activities contribute to your professional growth and management effectiveness. Continuing education hours are granted for programs that include relevant content aimed at improving your management competence and medical practice management knowledge, with a level of interactivity.

  • Educational programs (e.g., MGMA and non-MGMA conferences, seminars, webinars or online courses)
  • College/university course work and independent study courses
  • Authorship of published articles, books and chapters
  • Authorship of published online course content
  • Book editorship
  • Formal, face-to-face and webinar presentations at least 30 minutes in length
  • Participation in distance-learning programs (e.g., audio conferences, self-study, online courses) that include the opportunity for interaction and feedback
  • Poster presentations (credit hours equal to number of clock hours scheduled to staff poster for presentation of discussion)
  • Survey participation and questionnaires (e.g., MGMA Cost and Revenue Survey = six hours, MGMA Physician Compensation and Production Survey = four hours, MGMA Management and Staff Compensation Survey = three hours)
  • MGMA magazine article assessments (Read a designated MGMA magazine article and complete the related assessment to earn one credit hour)  
  • Participate in a study group preparing for the board certification exams (hour-for-hour credit when delivering or listening to a formal presentation)
  • Conduct or participate in internal staff training (must cover topics from the Body of Knowledge, not just organizational policy)
  • Participate in a board retreat with a formal presentation
  • Attend your local or state MGMA organization meetings
  • Attend a vendor presentation that covers more than product features (such as the regulatory issues behind a system)
  • Participate in education required by your medical malpractice insurance carrier
  • CareerTrack or other career-development training
  • CME courses offered through your state medical association
  • Some medical societies, such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, offer continuing education credits for completing quizzes associated with their magazines???????

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