About CME Requirements

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For PAs on a 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 *$130 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 2015 must have earned their CME between May 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015.)

*Please note that any refund requests must be submitted within 30 days of submitting payment.

For PAs on the new 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 in 2014 will be the first to begin the new 10-year process. To see when you move to the 10-year cycle, sign in to your record to review your dashboard.

The new process requires new types of CME activities, described below and also explained in this video and in our certification maintenance flyer

(Note: The cost for the METRIC PI-CME activity from AAFP is $125.)


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 *$130 certification maintenance fee by 11:59 p.m. PT, December 31 of your certification expiration year.

The $50 discount is no longer available. The 2011-2013 cycle was the last cycle the discount was available.

*Please note that any refund requests must be submitted within 30 days of submitting payment.

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. Also -- new in the 10-year certification maintenance cycle -- 20 of the 50 Category 1 CME credits must be earned through self-assessment CME and/or performance improvement CME (PI-CME). By the end of the first four two-year CME cycles, you must have earned a total of at least 40 Category 1 CME credits through PI activities and 40 Category 1 CME credits through SA activities. 

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 2015 must have earned their CME between May 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015.)

Special Guidelines for New Certification Holders

If this is the first time you've logged CME since passing PANCE, you may log any CME earned as of the date your certification was issued through December 31 of the year your certification expires (approximately two years later) and submit the $130 certification maintenance fee by December 31 of the year your certification expires.

Confused about what type and how much CME you need?

The following video will walk you through step-by-step. 


Need help logging your CME credits online? Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Download our app from the App Store to log your CME activities from your mobile device. Apple Store Badge

**You should keep your Category 1 CME documentation for your current CME cycle and your last CME cycle. For example, if you are currently on a 2013-2015 CME cycle you would need to keep that documentation and the 2011-2013 CME cycle documentation. We do not audit Category 2 CME. This is the policy for NCCPA, not the state medical boards. You will need to check with your state medical board regarding their auditing requirements.

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