About CME Requirements

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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.

*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. The remaining 50 credits can be Category 1, Category 2 or a combination of both. 

Two types of Category 1 CME are self-assessment CME and PI-CME. While these types are no longer required as part of the 50 credits, we recognize the value of these very interactive types of CME, and will weight these types of CME more heavily. We will award 50% additional credit for all activities designated for self-assessment Category 1 CME credit (i.e., a self-assessment activity worth 10 credits will be converted to 15 credits by NCCPA). Also, the first 20 PI-CME credits logged during every two-year cycle will be doubled when logged with NCCPA.

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 2020 must have earned their CME between May 1, 2018 and December 31, 2020.)

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 certification maintenance fee by December 31 of the year your certification expires.

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

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**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 2018-2020 CME cycle you would need to keep that documentation and the 2016-2018 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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