Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam: Frequently Asked Questions

Coding and Billing2 Comments

So you’re thinking about a national certification exam? Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get from students and graduates preparing to get certified. For the most up-to-date information and more detail, you should visit the AAPC website.

CPC Exam FAQs (the CPC is offered through AAPC):

How much does it cost?
You must be a member of AAPC to take the CPC exam. The CPC exam costs $300 and membership costs $125. As long as your Career Step medical billing and coding online course access is still current, you qualify for the student membership price of $70.

How do I sign up for the CPC?
You must register for the CPC and schedule it at least 3-4 weeks in advance from your desired testing date. Exam availability and dates are posted on the AAPC website. The exams are offered through local AAPC chapters, and there are usually multiple chapters in every state. As each chapter offers exams 4 times a year, there is usually an exam date every few months.

Where do I take the test?
You take the CPC exam in person at a local testing center. To locate an exam site for the CPC:

Am I allowed to bring any notes or books?
You are only allowed to bring your three code books with you the day of the exam (your ICD-9, CPT, and HCPCS). The code books must be versions from the current or previous year. You cannot have anything attached/glued/stapled into your books, but you can highlight, tab, and have notes handwritten on the pages.

How many questions are on the CPC?
The CPC exam is a 150 question exam—all multiple choice. You have 5 ½ hours to complete it.

What kinds of questions are on the exam?
About 70% of the questions are coding scenarios and the rest cover topics such as medical terminology, anatomy, etc.

What do I have to score to pass?
An overall score of 70% is a passing score on the CPC exam. Exam results are provided to you within 7-10 days following the exam date.

What if I don’t pass?
If you do not pass, AAPC provides you with scores from your weakest areas to help you study for a second attempt. A free retake on the CPC is included with the price you paid for the first attempt. You can retake the exam as soon as another exam date is available.

What is the Apprentice status?
If you do not have 2 years of work experience before taking the CPC exam, you will receive a CPC-A credential after passing. The “A” stands for apprentice. Once you submit proof of 2 years of coding work experience, you can have the apprentice status removed from your credential. The Career Step program satisfies one of the two years required.

What if I move? Will I ever have to recertify?
The CPC is a national exam and is thus recognized in all 50 states. Once you pass, you do not have to retake the exam itself again as long as you submit 36 CEUs to AAPC every 2 years. For more information on CEUs, you can visit AAPC’s website.

What is the best way to prepare for the exam?
Everyone studies a little differently. Here are a few ideas:

  • Review areas you could improve on the Career Step final exam. If you passed your Career Step final exam on your first try, take advantage of the available retakes for additional practice.
  • Review the reports in the practicum and the information in the program.
  • Use the Career Step forums and Career Step support team for tips on the certification exams.
  • AAPC sells 3 practice exams and prep books that some students recommend for added preparation.

We hope all your questions about medical billing and coding have been answered with this post. Still have some questions? Feel free to call us or request more info on our website.

Leave a comment below »

  1. Coding Support February 17, 2016

    AAPC administers, grades, and sends results of the CPC.  This process can take several weeks.  We do not have an exact date for your specific test, so you might want to contact AAPC for an estimate.

  2. Arulmozhi February 20, 2016

    I am failed cpc exam in December 2015. I will re attempt in 2016.the test is icd 9 or icd 10? pls clarify my question.

  3. sukumari February 22, 2016

    thankyou for valuable info

  4. Instructor Michelle Malquist February 23, 2016


    The CPC exam is now only being offered in ICD-10. So, you will need to know how to code in ICD-10 in order to pass the exam.

    Good luck!

  5. Theresa February 24, 2016

    Is it possible to take the test in segments with a waiver or accommodation due to a disability?

    Thank you.

  6. Melissa February 25, 2016

    I am planning on signing up for the CPC Live w/ Instructor course though the AAPC. My question is, How much time during a week do people generally spend logging in and taking the course. I work a 40 hour job and a part time job on Thursday nights. So will two hours a night be realistic or is this going to consume hours and hours daily?

  7. Coding Support February 26, 2016

    The program is self paced so you do not have to study full time or even part time.  The Professional Medical Coding and Billing Program is approximately 523 hours.  Enrollment is good for 12 months, so you may set your own schedule.

  8. Coding Support February 26, 2016

    Please contact our skills assessment department for information regarding your circumstance: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

  9. Jennifer K. February 29, 2016

    I am thinking about going back to school to become a medical coder. Do you have information on accredited schools that offer either Associate degrees or just certificates? Also, are certificates prepare you enough to eventually take the CPC exam?
    Thanks a lot for your valuable answers.

    Hi Jennifer,

    Career Step is an excellent choice if you’re looking to become a medical coder (if we do say so ourselves =). We are one of the only online certificate programs approved by AHIMA (which is the largest industry association), and our curriculum is actually used by some of the largest and most respected names in the industry to train their employees—which means you’re training with the courses employers have chosen for themselves! And yes, our certificate program prepares you to take the CPC exam. In fact, you’ll graduate from Career Step ready to take the CPC and/or the CCA exams, and we’ll include an exam voucher for the exam of your choice so you can take it for free.

    Hope that helps and best wishes!

  10. Tangier March 11, 2016

    Good afternoon,

    Thank you so much for your time. I am planning to take the CPC test in May 2016; I have 2015 cpt & hcpcs…are 2015 books acceptable for the test in May 2016?

    Thank you,

  11. marcos March 13, 2016

    I pass the exam and got CPC-A certificate, I submitted my experience and they removed the apprentice status, do I get another certificate with CPC only and not CPC-A.

  12. coding support March 14, 2016

    You are allowed to use the 2015 CPC coding books until March.

    Thanks and best wishes!

  13. coding support March 15, 2016

    Hi Marcos,
    Thank you for your question! CareerStep offers courses in certificate programs. Our Medical Coding and Billing course is designed to prepare yo for the CPC national certification exam or the CCA National certification exam. Hope this helps and it you have any other questions pleas let us know.

    Best Wishes!

  14. Hi Marcos,

    Once the apprentice has been removed from your CPC, you should receive a new certificate from AAPC which states CPC. If you have any further questions regarding this, please contact AAPC.

    Best wishes!

  15. Amberlyn Cox April 11, 2016

    Hi there,
    So reading through the comments & questions, on Feb 2, 2016 instructor Randy Johnson says that the passing score is a 70% but on Feb 10, 2016 “coding support” said it’s a 75%. So which is it because I just took a practice test from Penn Foster and recieved a 69% so I’d like to know how far off I really am? TIA

    Hi Amberlyn!
    A passing score for the CareerStep final is a 75%.  The CPC test with AAPC pass rate is 70%. 
    Hope this helps clarify.

    Best wishes!

  16. crystal watson April 16, 2016

    how many reports on the cpcexam

    Hi Crystal,
    Thanks for your question! The CPC exam does not have reports but there are coding scenarios. The following link shows a breakdown of the questions for the CPC exam: https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc/#tab-1

    Best wishes

  17. cyndi April 20, 2016

    In order to take the Certified Professional Coder Test, does a person have to have an Associates Degree?

    Hi Cyndi.

    Thanks for your comment! You are not required to have an associates degree to take the CPC.

    Best wishes!

  18. seetha April 28, 2016

    i would like to ask if i have prepared for the CPC examination,can i book my seat by myself only or require anything for that?

  19. coding support April 29, 2016

    Hi Seetha,

    Yes you can book by yourself, however if you are a graduate from Career Step, you may want to check with graduate support to see if the cost of certification was included in your package.

    Best wishes and good luck with your exam!

  20. coding support May 02, 2016

    Hi Sasha,

    It may be best to contact AHIMA, typically from year to year the codes will update, along with any government changes or legal changes that have occurred recently.

    Best wishes!

  21. Paula May 13, 2016

    What is the national average pass rate for the CPC exam?

    Hi Paula,

    Last we checked with the AAPC, we were told that they do not track the pass rate for the CPC. However, with that being said, our graduates have reported doing well on the exam and feeling very well prepared after completing Career Step training.

    Best wishes!

  22. Carolyn L May 16, 2016

    Hi there
    i am finding a job who are fexiable working at home. now i am checking of medical coding and billing. BTW: I have no experiences of this field.

    two major organizations offer the certifactions. AHIMA—CCA,CCS,CCS-P or AAPC—CPC or CPC-A. i am thinking which one is more suitable for me and more companies acknowledge. i will much appreciate it if you can provide some suggestion.

    the aim getting certificate and enroll an institue is to find a job. do your guys offer internship even for an apprentice?

    thanks a lot by advance.

    Hi Carolyn,

    Thank you for your questions. Medical coding and billing is an excellent work-at-home career option. Our medical billing and coding training program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study. However, the online format allows you to study on your own schedule and your own pace, so your enrollment includes 12 months of program access in case you need extra time. Learn more here about the course and career opportunities

    Both the CPC and and CCA exams are nationally recognized, and passing at least one exam indicates your preparation as a coder. There are some coders who choose to take certification exams through both organizations, but that is not required. We suggest looking at this blog article we put together with a list of questions you should ask to guide your decision.

    In regards to your question about internships: We are partnered with IOD Incorporated, who has specifically invited Career Step Medical Coding and Billing graduates to apply for its Coder Development Program, a 13-week paid training program resulting in employment upon completion for those who reach specific performance thresholds. Coder Development Program graduates are placed into remote inpatient coding positions with comprehensive oversight and ongoing mentorship, which allows them to work from their homes—a perk usually requiring several years of experience. Read more about this opportunity here:

    In addition there are about a half a dozen other remote medical coding companies we also work with. Once you graduate, our Graduate Advisors provide information on the opportunities available with these other companies.

    We hope this helps answer your questions! Best wishes!


  23. kaviyalakshmi June 17, 2016

    I am a final year microbiology student.can I take part in this exam.I need more information regarding the exam.

  24. Career Step June 20, 2016

    Hi Kaviyalakshmi,
    Thank you for your question. We would suggest looking at this website for information on the the CPC exam: https://www.aapc.com/certification/faq.aspx. Hope this helps!

    Best wishes!

  25. Mahesh June 29, 2016

    Hi There -

    I am from India and I am currently working as a Medical Transcriptionist for a US firm having their Branch in India.  I would like to advance my career and go into Coding. Is there any online training that I can enroll?  Also, can I take the CPC or CCA online once the training is complete?  Please advise.

  26. Career Step July 01, 2016

    Hi Mahesh,
    Thank you for interest in our Medical Coding and Billing course
    The medical billing and coding online program that Career Step offers is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study. However, the online format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so your enrollment includes 12 months of program access in case you need extra time.

    The CPC and CCA exams are administered at local testing sites in the US.

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  27. cheri clark July 03, 2016

    What is the difference between cca and cpc? Are they multiple choice?

  28. Career Step July 05, 2016

    Hi Cheri,

    That’s a great question! We actually have a blog post about what you need to know about each certification exam. You can read it here:

    The CCA exam is a 2-hour test with 100 multiple-choice questions and the CPC exam 150 question exam—all multiple choice. You have 5 ½ hours to complete it.

    Hope this helps answer your questions-best of luck on the certification exam!

  29. santosh July 14, 2016

    Hi i am from india. I dont have degree. Can i do the cpc certification exam.

  30. coding support July 18, 2016

    Hi Santosh,
    Thank you for your question!
    A degree is not required to be a medical coder. please check with http://www.aapc.com for availability of testing in your country.

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  31. sumit kumar dixit July 21, 2016

    Hi my name is sumit i want to know when will aapc announce the result of cpc exam which was held on date 07/16/2016.how much question ask in coc exam

  32. Akila July 24, 2016

    Book will provided for exam or we have to bring for the exam.on Sep 17 2016 I have booked for my exam
    Thanks in advance

  33. Career Step July 26, 2016

    Hi Sumit
    Thank you for reaching out to us! Normally it takes 1-2 weeks to receive the result of your exam and there are 150 questions!

    Best of luck!

  34. Career Step July 26, 2016

    Hi Akila:

    You will need to bring your own coding books for the exam.  You can find a list of approved manuals at https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc/#tab-2

    Good Luck on your exam!

  35. Priya August 01, 2016


    Once we cleared the CPC exam , how long it would be take to get CPC certificate.

  36. Priya,
    Once you have taken your CPC, results should be in your AAPC login approximately 1 week after taking the exam. Your CPC certificate should arrive to you approximately 2 weeks after you have passed the exam.

    Good luck with your studies.

  37. Ajitsara August 05, 2016

    if it’s degree based job ?

  38. coding support August 08, 2016

    The employers may have a preference, generally certification is required.

    Hope this helps!

  39. dr kitty wadhwani August 10, 2016

    hello i m planning to gve the exams in mumbai but aapc is providing the books in south cities but not in mumbai i m having difficulty to get the books here as i had choosen the centre in mumbai

  40. coding support August 10, 2016

    Hi Dr. Wadhwani
    Thank you for letting us know.  AAPC is in charge of proctoring the CPC exam.  You will want to check directly with AAPC for information on testing locations and availability.

    Best wishes!

  41. chintu August 15, 2016

    Would like to know the steps to apply for free retake in coc exam

  42. coding support August 15, 2016

    Hi Chintu,
    To register or retake the COC exam, please contact AAPC directly at http://www.aapc.com.

    Hope this helps!

  43. Nesma Abd Elaziz August 20, 2016

    Can I take the exam without enrolling for the course by only register and becoming a member and pay the exam fees??

  44. arunjunii.kannan August 21, 2016

    Hi,my cpc certification cancelled due to not submit my CEU, what can i do to retain my certification.. Kindly reply for it

  45. coding support August 22, 2016

    Hi Nesma,
    AAPC has a list of certification requirements for the CPC at: https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc/#tab-3 

    The completion of a coding program is not required, but strongly recommended before taking the exam.

    Best wishes!

  46. Arunjunii,

    To retain your certification, you will need to retake the CPC exam. This is the only way to receive this credential back. Once you have retaken the CPC, make sure that you keep up with your CEU’s so that you do not have to retake the exam a 3rd time.

    Good luck!

  47. Shine August 25, 2016

    Hi, I just want to ask on how to become a CPC do I need to finish the medical coder/biller course or I can go ahead and take the CPC course online?
    I have finished my BS degree in nursing.

  48. vijay August 25, 2016


    Please advise what is the fees of second attempt of exam, as is have taken two test in on attempt.

  49. mahammad shareef August 27, 2016

    Hi,I Have a ‘student’ membership from AAPC till Aug-2017.I will get CPC exam in sept-2016 in order to get exam whether i have to become member again? is ‘student’ membership not enough?....from INDIA

  50. jessica August 28, 2016

    I’m taking the CPC exam in Sept 2016 can i use my cpc d hcpcs books from 2015, and then just buy the icd 10 book.


  51. coding support August 29, 2016

    Hi Vijay,
    AAPC provides a free re-take for the CPC if you don’t pass on the first attempt. A third attempt would have to be paid for.

    Hope this helps!

  52. coding support August 29, 2016

    Hi Shine,
    AAPC recommends completion of a coding program before taking the CPC. It is not a requirement, but highly recommended.

    Best wishes!

  53. Mahammad,

    Since you already have a student membership with AAPC, you should not need to purchase a second membership in order to take the CPC. Your current membership is sufficient. The next time you will need to pay for a membership will be in August of 2017.

    Good luck with taking the CPC exam.

  54. Coding Support August 30, 2016

    Hi Jessica,

    I would definitely use the 2016 CPT/HCPCS books, as there were more than 300 changes between the 2015 edition and 2016 edition. Using 2015 books, will put you at a disadvantage on this exam.

    Good luck with your studies.

  55. Jinal August 31, 2016

    I am planning to take the CPC exam in december 2016, should i pre order the 2017 CPT, ICD 10 CM and HCPCS level II manuals and wait for one more month to start my preparation and plan to take the exam in January 2017 or go ahead with the 2016 manuals and take the exam in 2016? Does taking exam in 2017 make a difference in the validity of the certificate as compared to taking exam in 2016?

  56. Christine A. August 31, 2016

    I am a current student studying healthcare administration. My ultimate goal is to become a director of a nursing home. Is it highly recommended I take this exam? I currently work in an environment that requires some use of coding so maybe this will help?

  57. coding support September 01, 2016

    The CareerStep training program teaches the details of coding needed for the CPC and/or CCA exam.  If you are looking to learn the details of coding, to become a certified coder, this is the program for you!  If you are not wanting to be a coder, but just learn the detailed process, it can be beneficial to take the class as well.

  58. coding support September 01, 2016

    Yes, a coding training program can teach you the ins and outs of medical coding.

    Hope this helps!

  59. coding support September 01, 2016

    The CPC updates every year in January.  They will let you reference your previous years books through March, although you will be at a disadvantage without the current years books. Having the current years books is recommended.

    Best wishes!

  60. Aidines September 01, 2016

    I had to take a long break due to personal issues and will be restarting my studies hopefully within the next month. I have the 2016 ICD-10-CM,2015 HCPCS II, and the 2015 CPT books.  When I reactivate, will I get updated books?  If I have to purchase “current” books, what versions are out and when do they roll over?  I don’t want to buy the current books and then a month from now the next batch is out.  Thanks.

  61. Instructor Michelle September 08, 2016


    We are currently using the 2016 CPT and HCPCS books. These will be changing over to the 2017 books in December of 2016. When you decide which books you would like to order, please contact our Operations Department at 1-888-657-5752 opt 2 then opt 1.

    Good luck with your studies.

  62. Murthy September 12, 2016

    hellow every one..i am from india.,i have 1+ yr of exp in HCC domain, can u tell me how to get a job in abroad as a hcc medical coder…plz let me know how to approach…

  63. coding support September 15, 2016

    Hi Murthy! You may want to begin a job search for remote positions in the desired country. Use your experience to your advantage in the application and interview process.We would need to get additional information on your background, and your coding education.  You are welcome to contact 800-246-7837, and ask to speak to our enrollment department.  Best of luck to you!

  64. Akila September 20, 2016

    Any option for revaluation

  65. Nilofer September 30, 2016

    I am new in medical coding .and having no experience ,is it possible to clear cpc exam with cpc online classes,I’m a bsc nurse,please reply me.

  66. MIA Dominguez October 03, 2016

    Hi I would like to know if I can still use my 2016 books for 2017 CPC exam? Is it advisable to have a copy for revised, deleted and new codes during exam and do you know where can we get a copy for that?


  67. Randy October 03, 2016

    Hi Mia,
    You can use the 2016 code books for the 2017 CPC exam. However, you will be at a disadvantage because of the number of code changes for 2017. The only materials that are allowed in the CPC exam are the code books.

    Hope this helps!
    Randy Johnson-Career Step Instructor

  68. Career Step October 03, 2016

    Thank you for your question. Our medical coding and billing online program will absolutely prepare you to take the CPC exam. For more information on the course please take a look at this link: http://www.careerstep.com/medical-coding-billing-career
    You can also reach out to us with any questions at 1-800-411-7073 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  69. Kimberly Fuentes October 23, 2016

    I have not been certified since 2005 since my exam I had not found a job n moved around a lot. I have since settled in a lot more and thinking I would like to get certified again. Would you suggest going through a whole course again or using practice tests and studying and then from there going thru the exam again

  70. Shaikh Anjum Begum October 24, 2016

    Hello to everyone
      This is Anjum from India. I worked as senior coder for ER facility coding, Radiology and outpatient coding. I attended CPC exam on 15 October but still waiting for results when it will come?

  71. Instructor Michelle Malquist October 25, 2016


    Thank you for your question. Since the exams are being shipped to AAPC from India, receiving results of your score could take longer due to the length of time shipping takes. If you still have questions, you are welcome to contact AAPC to see if they have received the exams. Their number is 1-800-626-2633.
    Good luck!

  72. Instructor Michelle Malquist October 25, 2016


    Thank you for your question.

    Coding has definitely changed since 2005. I’m guessing that you learned ICD-9. We have moved into ICD-10 which is a complete overhaul from the codes in ICD-9. The PCS codes are also completely different from in ICD-9. I would highly recommend doing a course that will help you become familiar with the new codes, guidelines, and changes in the industry.
    Good luck!

  73. Nae October 25, 2016

    Can You tell me if I was a certified coder and my license lapse because my employer didn’t require it.  Do I have to still retest even though I have been working as a coder the 10 years since the issuing of my certification?

  74. Instructor Michelle Malquist October 31, 2016


    Thank you for your comment—yes you will need to take the CPC again to re-certify.

    Good luck with your studies!

  75. Hayley October 31, 2016

    Hi, does it make a huge difference in finding a job if I go through a program and get my certification, rather than go through a technical school and get a diploma?

  76. coding support November 01, 2016

    Hi Hayley,
    Thanks for your question! Being nationally certified as a coder is not a requirement of all employers, but the industry is trending that direction. More employers want to see at least one credential up front before they will consider an applicant for hire. If employers are requiring credentials, and you are not yet nationally certified, you will be more limited in your options for employment. For that reason, we recommend all of our graduates get certified as early as possible after their graduation from the program.

    Hope this helps!

  77. rajalakshmiv November 06, 2016


    i have a working experience total 2yrs ,but i not have a proper reliving letter,am i coming under cpc or cpc A,kindly explain

  78. Josia Lijo November 12, 2016

    I have passed cpc exam on October 2016. Now I got a reminder that I have to complete ICD 10 proficiency before 31 December2016. Is it a must for me? Kindly advise.

  79. Kristine November 23, 2016

    hi. I just got a CPC certification and passed this November 13, 2016, now a CPC-A, but the validity is just up to March 2017!? Why is it so short???  I know that it needs two years to recertify and renew it.  Please help.

  80. Instructor November 30, 2016


    My best advice would be to call AAPC to see why they are giving you so short of time to complete those CEU’s. Their number is 1-800-626-2633. Good luck!

  81. Mel_G December 01, 2016

    I have failed my 1st attempt to pass my CPC exam. I’m planning to retake it come Dec 17. Prior to Sept, I have the time to study because I have a PT job. But I have gotten a FT job last Oct 17 and still been doing my PT job. So I don’t really have the time to study. My question is if I want to retake the exams this Jan 2017, can I still use the 2016 books? Per AAPC, they said that I have to use the 2017 books. But my prof said that we still have until Jan 31 to use the 2016 books? Please give me advise so that I can have wisdom to have a final decision. Thanks.

  82. Paula S December 02, 2016

    Can you take the CPC exam in any state or just in the state your from?

  83. CodingSupport December 02, 2016

    Hi Josia,

    In speaking with AAPC they do prefer you use the current years coding books, however you can still reference the 2016 books to take the CPC in the 2017 year.

    Hope this helps!

  84. CodingSupport December 02, 2016

    Hi rajalakshmiv,

    The CPC is a national certification.  You may take it in any state and carry it with you to any other state.

    Hope this helps!

  85. CodingSupport December 06, 2016

    Hi Mel,
    AAPC has told CareerStep CPC testers can use 2016 books on the 2017 CPC exam. The preference is to use 2017 books as the test will reference 2017 codes beginning in January.  However, they do allow the use of 2016 books on the test. You may miss a few questions as some of the codes have changed. 
    Sorry you are receiving conflicting information, I would call AAPC for the latest information.

  86. Career Step December 08, 2016

    Hi Paula,
    You can take the CPC in any state.

    Hope this answers your questions!

  87. bhuvaneshwari December 09, 2016

    Am doing medical coding and my goal is cpc coder,but am complete bca so dont know the cpc so kindly send some tricks how to pass this exam

  88. CodingSupport December 09, 2016

    Hi Danya,
    The CPC exam contains many questions on CPT coding.  We recommend taking a coding course to learn how to code before sitting for the CPC cetficiation. Take a look at this link to learn more about our medical coding and billing course…

    Hope this helps!

  89. Jeff December 19, 2016

    I planning to take the cpc exam this Feb 2017 with my 2016 coding books. I understand that AAPC prefer the current years coding books for the exam. How big of a disadvantage if I use my 2016 coding books? And is this for both CPT and HCPCS?


  90. Melissa December 22, 2016

    I will be completing my Billing and Coding classes with Kaplan University in late January 2017.  I have to wait for my tax return in early March to schedule to take the CPC exam (late March/early April).  Will I still be able to use the ICD-10 2016 books I have from school or do I have to budget for 2017 books as well?  Also, what is required for proof of previous billing experience?  I have worked at a private medical office for 3 years doing BWC billing - can I just get a letter from my employer?

  91. CodingSupport December 22, 2016

    Hi Melissa,
    The CPC exam will begin to reference 2017 codes in January of 2017. AAPC recommends you have the 2017 books as the questions and answers will be presented for 2017, but you may still reference the 2016 books on the exam. Requirements for taking the CPC are available at the AAPC website: https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc/  Prior billing experience is not required to sit for the exam. 

    Hope this helps!

  92. Theresa December 28, 2016

    I have 26 years of coding experience with my current medical billing job. Do I still need to take a coding class before taking the CPC exam?

  93. Instructor December 28, 2016


    Thanks for reaching out to us. Since you have 26 years in the field, you most likely would be fine to just get a study guide from AAPC and study on your own for the certification.

    Good luck with your studies.

  94. monica January 03, 2017

    Im preparing for CPC exam. currently im working in billing service company. can I write CPC exam?? am i eligible for this?

    And a coding company should register under AAPC??

    And i was a trainee upto 9 months then November 2016 only i got my confirmation letter. My training periods will include within 2 years experience?? please advice.

  95. CodingSupport January 03, 2017

    Hi Monica,
    CPC requirements are listed at :https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc/#tab-3 Although education is not required, it is highly recommended to pass this coding certification. If you enroll in a coding program with CareerStep you may count your education as one years experience towards removing the “A” apprenticeship designation on the CPC credential

    Hope this helps!

  96. Prajakta January 04, 2017

    Hi I am planning to give me cpc exam by mid Feb 2017.And I have cpc books of year 2016.Do I need to buy new books or can I use 2016 books.

  97. CodingSupport January 05, 2017

    Hi Prajakta ,
    AAPC recommends the 2017 code books for the CPC exam this year. They will let you test with the 2017 or the 2016 books.  If referencing the 2016 books you may miss a few questions as the current CPC certification exam references 2017 codes.

  98. Talim Khan January 07, 2017

    I from Gurgaon {India},
    I want to medical coding course, and want to clear CPC exam, can you tell me please that how can do it in india?

  99. CodingSupport January 09, 2017

    Hi Talim,
    Thank you for reaching out to us. Career Step is an online school, you may enroll through any country. As long as you have access to the internet you may study.  The CPC is administered through AAPC.  Check for international testing availability through AAPC. Their website is http://www.aapc.com.

    Best wishes!

  100. Career Step January 11, 2017

    Hi Jeff,
    Yes, AAPC recommends the most recent books on the CPC exam, the 2017 CPT, 2017 HCPS, and 2017 ICD-10-CM.  There were significant changes made to the code set this year.  Here is a link to one article regarding some cpt code changes: http://bulletin.facs.org/2017/01/2017-cpt-coding-changes/ Purchasing the 2017 cpt book is the best way to receive all of the changes. HCPCS code changes are available for download on CMS website, as is the 2017 ICD-10-CM codeset:
    Guidelines have changed to ICD-10-CM, Here is a link to the 2017 ICD-10-CM guidelines: ICD-10-CM https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/Downloads/2017-ICD-10-CM-Guidelines.pdf”

    In addition here is the link to our online bookstore:
    link to our online bookstore:

    Hope this helps and best wishes!



Request Info