Your path to medical billing and coding certification

Your path to medical billing and coding certification

Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS)

Earning your CBCS credentials will help you:

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Fulfill employer requirements

68% of employers require or encourage certification for billing & coding specialists.
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Access better career opportunities

31% of employers report that billing & coding specialists have more responsibility in 2020, compared to 2019.
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Maximize earning potential

Billing & Coding Specialist's salary ranges from $26,550–$66,260, according to the BLS in 2019.
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Enhance knowledge
and skills

According to employers, professionalism is the most important soft skill for a billing & coding specialist.

Certified billing and coding specialists have a wide range of employment opportunities

The skills learned through medical coding certification are essential to hospitals, physicians offices, surgery centers, nursing homes, dental offices, home healthcare agencies, mental health facilities and even insurance companies and consulting firms. This rewarding field requires a high level of professionalism and dependability. Tasks performed could include.
  • Gathering/reviewing essential information
  • Verifying required documentation before patient information is released
  • Preventing fraud/abuse by auditing billing
  • Supporting coding and billing process
  • Assigning codes for diagnoses and procedures
  • Submitting claims for reimbursement
  • Auditing billing
  • Coaching healthcare providers to achieve optimal reimbursement


Most employers require or encourage certification for medical billing and coding specialists. (Source: 2020 Industry Outlook)

CBCS exam eligibility

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Possess a high school diploma
or GED/high school equivalency

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Completed a medical billing and coding training
or education program within the last 5 years

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Possess a high school diploma
or GED/high school equivalency

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1 year of supervised work experience in the
medical billing and coding field within the last 3 years

Eligibility FAQ

I chose NHA certifications to become more marketable in my field. It shows you are knowledgeable and up-to-date with the trends in the healthcare industry. I love what I do! Alice Session, CBCS, CPT

5 steps to medical billing and coding certification

For more information on exam requirements or what manuals to bring please view our FAQs and the Candidate Handbook pg. 27 for updates and changes.

  1. Apply for your exam

    Create a free NHA account online, anytime, and submit your Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam application through your account portal.

  2. Set a date

    Select the date and location–online or in-person–for your exam. (A CBCS exam fee payment is required during this step.)

  3. Prepare, prepare, prepare

    Time to study! We're here to support you. We have study materials available, including an interactive study guide and practice test.

  4. Take the exam — Don't forget your manuals!

    You'll take the exam either at your school, a PSI testing center near you, or through live remote proctoring at the location of your choice. 

  5. Get your results

    For online exams, NHA will officially post your certification results to your account page within two days of scoring your test.

Is your school or employer sponsoring your exam?

When you create your NHA account, be sure to select your organization type, school or training center, or employer in order to:

  • Access any pre-purchased materials or exams available to you
  • Take advantage of possible discounts
  • Share your exam results with your school or employer

Ready to get your certification?

Prepare for your certification exam

For more information on exam requirements or what manuals to bring please view our FAQs and the Candidate Handbook pg. 27 for updates and changes.

*The purchase of NHA exam preparation materials is not required to sit for any NCCA-accredited certification exam and use does not guarantee a passing score on an exam. All NHA exams are NCCA-accredited.

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Renew your certification

Keeping your certification current is a small investment (just $7 per month!) that can help you achieve your healthcare career goals .


Certifications must be renewed every two years


There is no penalty for renewing early


Before your expiration date:

  • Complete 10 continuing education credits
  • Pay your recertification fee

If your certification has expired, you have 1 year to reinstate it

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Continuing Education
  • 10 Continuing Education (CE) credits are required every two years to maintain certification
  • NHA's continuing education courses are free to current certification holders
  • You can complete your 10 CE credits any time prior to your certification expiration and our CE library is available online 24/7
  • Our CE library is continuously updated so you can learn the latest protocols and techniques

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