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PA Certification Requirements

PA Certification CME Requirements
from NCCPA’s Maintain Certification Website

For PAs on the 6-Year Cycle:

Every two years, (years two, four and six of the certification maintenance cycle), all certified PAs must log their 100 CME credits online and submit the certification maintenance fee by 11:59 p.m. PT, December 31 of their certification expiration year.

Of the 100 CME credits you must earn and log, at least 50 must be Category 1 CME. The remaining 50 credits can be Category 1, Category 2 or a combination of both. CME can be classified as a Certification Program, Category 1 or Category 2.

Your CME earning and logging window is May 1 of the year your current certification was issued through December 31 of the certification expiration year. (For example, PA-C designees whose certifications expire in 2016 must have earned their CME between May 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016.)

 

For PAs on the 10-Year Cycle:

2014 marked the beginning of the PA profession’s transition to a 10-year certification maintenance process. PAs who pass PANCE, regain certification, or wrap up a six-year certification maintenance cycle will begin the new 10-year process. To see when you move to the 10-year cycle, sign in to your NCCPA record to review your dashboard.

The 10-year certification maintenance process includes five two-year cycles during which all certified PAs must log 100 CME credits online and submit a certification maintenance fee by 11:59 p.m. PT, December 31 of your certification expiration year.

During each of those two-year cycles, you must earn and log at least 100 CME credits, including at least 50 Category 1 CME credits. The remaining 50 credits can be Category 1, Category 2 or a combination of both.

Your CME earning and logging window begins May 1 of the year your current certification was issued and continues through December 31 of the certification expiration year. (For example, PA-C designees whose certification expires in 2016 must have earned their CME between May 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016.)

Please note that Self-Assessment and PI CME are no longer required for PAs in the 10-Year Cycle.  However, NCCPA will weight those types of CME more heavily, awarding extra credit for these now optional types of CME. For more information on this, please click here.

 

For more information on PA Certification requirements, please visit the NCCPA website, www.nccpa.net.  You can also email NCCPA at nccpa@nccpa.net or call NCCPA at (678) 417-8100.