Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Details

Certification Industry: Healthcare

Certificate Name: Certified Coding Associate (CCA)

Certificate Issuing Authority: American Health Information Management Association

Certification Price: Premium Member Price: $189.05 Member Price: $199 Non-Member Price: $299

Certificate Validity: The credential is valid for two years

CCA credential holders are those who have expertise in coding especially in the fields of hospitals and physician practices.

It’s an indicator credential as compared to CCS and CCS-P that showcase your mastery level skills. 

Who Should Apply for Certified Coding Associate (CCA)?

Compulsory Requirement:

Candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent.


Recommended Qualification (Not necessary)

  • 6 months coding experience directly applying codes; OR

  • Completion of an AHIMA approved coding program (PCAP Program); OR

  • Completion of other coding training programs to include anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, basic ICD diagnostic/procedural, and basic CPT coding.


  1. Improvement in Skills: A CCA holder knows about the coding environment in hospitals and physician centers. Thus, working with those having CCS and CCS-P credentials, you can work on your skills and take these exams as well. 

  2. Opportunity to get a promotion: You will get an opportunity to work with experienced professionals by which you can perform better, earn more credentials, and get a promotion.

Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam Details:

Name of the exam: Certified Coding Associate (CCA)

Number of Questions: 100 MCQs (90 are scored and 10 are pretest)

Type of Questions: MCQ

Time allotted: 2 Hours

Examination Topics

  1. Clinical Classification Systems (30-34%)

  2. Reimbursement Methodologies (21-25%)

  3. Health Records and Data Content (13-17%)

  4. Compliance (12-16%)

  5. Information Technologies (6-10%)

  6. Confidentiality and Privacy (6-10%)