Passing a certification test is required before assuming the position of Certified Medical Assistant as of 2015, according to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Only those who have graduated from a medical assisting program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) may take the test.
The exam requires a thorough understanding of health care delivery. Once a graduate has taken and passed the test, certification is complete and a matter of public record. Employers often request verification of certification, according to the AAMA. A handbook detailing all the steps that need to be completed in the certification process is available from the AAMA.