Certified Coding Associate (CCA)

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

Certification Details:

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?

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. 

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.

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%)