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Become Certified

You’re beginning a rewarding career. Learn more about what it takes to become a Certified PA, what to expect on test day and access certification resources as you begin your exciting journey.

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Maintain Certification

Certified PAs engage in career long learning by documenting continuous study and taking periodic exams to remain certified. Learn more about recertification and certification maintenance requirements as you continue your career as a Certified PA.

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Earn Specialty Certificates

Want to stand out? Learn more about how to earn a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) to show your advanced expertise in your specialty.

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Need to verify PA credentials? Access our easy-to-use Verify Certification tool.

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Verify PA Certification

Need to verify PA certification and/or disciplinary actions issued by NCCPA? Access our easy-to-use PA Certification Verification tool.

NCCPA “Certified PA Hero” Campaign

• In recognition of PA Week (October 6-12), NCCPA launched the “Certified PA Hero” campaign to increase awareness of Certified PAs and the quality care they provide to patients.

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NCCPA Inaugural REPRESENT! Summit – “When They See Us” Recap

• NCCPA held its first REPRESENT! Summit at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA, September 8-9, 2022. The Summit gathered clinically practicing PAs, PA faculty and educators, PA students and leaders of PA organizations to discuss strategies to develop and sustain Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts in the PA profession, diversify the PA workforce and promote inclusivity within PA educational and workplace settings.

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The Latest in HIV Prevention – NCCPA PA Ambassador Talks PrEP Injectable Treatment

• Martha Patricia Rodriguez, PA-C did not plan to specialize in HIV. As a new mom, she was desperate to find a job with a family-friendly schedule. She searched for PA jobs that would provide the flexibility she needed, and a position in HIV care turned up from a simple online job search.

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Topics in the Tropics (Veterans Caucus of AAPA)

December 7-10, 2022

South University – Richmond, VA

December 14-15, 2022


December 9, 2022

2021 Specialty Supplement Report on Secondary Specialty


2021 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs by Specialty


2021 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs


Learn more about our supporting organizations

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The PA History Society

The PA History Society was created to share the history of the development of the PA profession and illustrate how PAs continue to make a difference in our society. Visit their website to learn more about how they’re preserving PA history.

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The NCCPA Health Foundation

The nccPA Health Foundation creates solutions for improving the capacity of Certified PAs to impact the quality and accessibility of health care delivery. Visit their website to learn more about how they’re partnering with PAs to make a difference in communities across the country.