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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.

Important Information Regarding PANRE-LA Eligible PAs

• We are pleased to inform you that you have two options available for your recertification exam requirement – the new PANRE-Longitudinal Assessment (PANRE-LA) and the traditional PANRE.

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NCCPA Announces Student Attendees for 2022 REPRESENT! Summit

• Today NCCPA named the PA students that have been selected to attend the 2022 REPRESENT! Summit in September.

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NCCPA Board of Directors Approves New CAQ in OBGYN

• The NCCPA Board of Directors is pleased to announce their approval to develop a new Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN). Leaders from the Association of PAs in OBGYN (APAOG) reached out to NCCPA to request consideration of a CAQ in this specialty area.

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Vermont Academy of PAs

January 22, 2022

University of Southern California

January 31,  2022

National Credentialing Forum

January 3-4, 2022

2021 Statistical Profile of Certified PAs


Public Perceptions of Physician Assistants Report from 2018 and 2022 Surveys


PAs Practicing in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care: 2021 Survey Results


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.