Path to Certification

Qualifications for Certification

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?

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.


Principles for the Medical Practice Executive

ACMPE defines the role of medical practice executives to include dedication to the improvement of health care delivery through the group practice of medicine, service to the interests of society and their own institutions and fostering the respect that society accords those who participate in the health care delivery system. To these ends, the medical practice executive shall:

  • Recognize the prerogatives of the patient, the physician and society.
  • Establish an organizational environment conducive to the rendering of high-quality medical care.
  • Understand and respond to the health care needs of the community.
  • Understand the social, political and economic factors affecting the medical group.
  • Protect the privacy of the physician/patient relationship and the confidentiality of the medical practice's business information.
  • Improve the effectiveness of health care delivery through work with individuals, organizations and government.
  • Advance the profession through continuing education and the exchange of information and ideas. Maintain the highest standards of professionalism, personal integrity and ethics.

Medical Practice Executives: Core Values

  • The improvement of patient care and the health status of our communities influences our professional development.
  • Personal integrity is fundamental to a medical practice executive and guides his or her behavior.
  • Continuous learning is essential to advancing the art and science of medical practice management.
  • Individual advancement through a structured and valued credentialing process is fostered and recognized.
  • The physician and management executive partnership is essential to quality and cost-effective health care delivery.
  • Collegial relationships contribute to personal growth and professional development.
  • Contribution to the profession is an essential and distinguishing characteristic of Fellowship.

Benefits of Board Certification

  • Professional respect from physicians, peers and colleagues.
  • Demonstrates your broad knowledge of medical practice management.
  • Enhances your professional status by earning a nationally recognized professional designation.
  • Provides a distinct advantage over other candidates when seeking employment or promotions.
  • Assists you in demanding more salary, on average, than non-certified professionals.
  • Expands your network of medical practice executives who have chosen to excel in the profession.