Is Medical Coding Certification Required?
Medical coding certification is not a requirement, because medical coders are NOT licensed healthcare
professionals. Their role is to assist and perform basic supportive services to healthcare providers, however, this
doesn't mean certification has its place. The main purpose of certification is to voluntarily set professional
standards, increase professionalism, and stand out from the rest in this highly competitive field. It attests to
the professional's professional knowledge and skills, as well as the level of achievement and competency.
Certification Exam Applicants
Certification exam applicants must have successfully completed an accredited vocational training course or
program (usually schools with CAAHEP and/or ABHES accreditation) which typically includes an extern ship/ practicum
and extensive practical and written finals to qualify for the exam. The AAA primarily certifies candidates who are
recent graduates from an accredited programs. The AMT certifies recent program graduates as well as those who have
been working in their discipline for at least five years. The NHA accepts three consecutive years of
consistent work experience. Once certified, the professional must comply with the organization's standards and
continuing education requirements to maintain the credential.
Documentation of the Certified Credential
Upon passing a certification exam the certificant receives an official document from the organization that
provided it to confirm the person named therein has passed their standardized written certification test.
Typically, the document shows the individual's name, date of birth, certificate number, certification status,
professional examination results, type of earned credential and any conditions or restrictions with an official
seal. This documentation is especially valuable during job applications and consideration for promotion.
There are many benefits to certification.