The Certified Professional Coder Apprentice (CPC-A) certification is offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). It is the same as the CPC certification but the coder has yet to have two years of coding experience.
The exam is the same as the CPC exam, just after passing the AAPC awards the certification with the designation “apprentice” until proof of two full years of working with medical codes are submitted to the AAPC.
After the apprentice compiles two years coding experience they must submit two letters of recommendation to the AAPC to have the apprentice designation removed.
Individuals can do this by submitting two letters from an outside source verifying the work.
A second option exists where the individual can submit only one letter and proof of 80 hours of coding education.
Education verification can be:
- A letter from the instructor on school letterhead.
- A certificate or diploma stating 80 education hours were completed.
- School transcripts.
Here is the AAPC Apprentice Removal Template to make submitting the required documentation easier.
Mail the form to the address below:
2480 South 3850 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84120
or fax the form to 801-236-2258.
AAPC also offers a faster way for individuals to have the “apprentice” designation removed without waiting two years. For a $200 fee the apprentice can code 800 operative notes.
If they achieve a 90% accuracy rate the credential will be awarded without the apprentice tag. The AAPC allows three chances at achieving a 90% accuracy rate.