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Certified Family Practice Coder (CFPC) certification

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  • 80% of AAPC students pass on the first attempt.

  • Students who train with AAPC are three times more likely to pass the certification exam.

Starting $299

Take the CFPC exam and become a Certified Family Practice Coder.

Experienced family practice coders are encouraged to sit for the CFPC exam. CFPC certification demonstrates proficiency applying correct ICD-10-CM, CPT®, HCPCS Level II, and modifier assignment when reporting family practice services and procedures. The CFPC certification recognizes expertise in coding general medicine/family practice services and procedures, such as venipunctures, injections, EKGs, lesion excisions, foreign body removals, fracture care, etc. 

An additional certification like this is a smart career move. Year after year, our salary surveys show that the more credentials you have, the higher your salary potential.  

The CFPC certification exam will test: 

  • Ability to read and abstract physician office notes and operative notes to apply correct ICD-10-CM codes, CPT® codes, HCPCS Level II codes, and modifiers  

  • Understanding of evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines for new and established office and outpatient services, as well as other E/M services such as consultations and hospital services 

  • Knowledge of rules and regulations for Medicare billing — including incident to, teaching situations, shared visits, consultations, and global surgery 

  • Coding of ancillary procedures performed in a family medicine practice such as venipuncture, injections, EKG, etc. 

  • Coding of minor surgical procedures performed in a family medicine practice such as lesion excision, foreign body removal, fracture care, etc. The examinee must know proper sequencing using relative value unit (RVU) when multiple procedures are performed. 

  • Time-based coding 

  • Medical terminology 

  • Anatomy and physiology

Exam format

100 multiple-choice questions

Two ways to take the exam

Choose to take the exam online at home with a live remote proctor, or on a computer at a testing center. Learn more about your exam options and how to prepare.

Time allowed

Exams are administered in one sitting, with four hours to complete the exam.

Equipment required for online exam

Reliable internet connection and an external webcam that can be positioned to show your face, hands, keyboard, and the area around the keyboard (about 10 inches).

Experience requirements

A high-level knowledge of family practice-related medical terminology, anatomy, and pathophysiology, along with understanding of the proper application of CPT® procedure codes, HCPCS Level II procedure and supply codes, and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes.

Not ready yet? We recommend taking our CFPC preparation course.

Approved coding books

Current year books are highly recommended as code sets are updated annually. You may choose to utilize books from the preceding year, the current year, or a
combination of both; however, only one copy of each book is allowed. 

Maintaining your certification

To maintain your CFPC credential, you must maintain your AAPC annual membership. You must also earn 36 continuing education units (CEUs) every two years, 8 of which must be family practice specific. 


Choose to purchase one exam attempt for $299 or two exam attempts for $399. Of note:   

  • 80% of AAPC students pass on the first attempt. 

  • Students who train with AAPC are three times more likely to pass the certification exam. 

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About the CFPC exam

The CFPC exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions (proctored). The exam consists of questions regarding the correct application of specialty-specific CPT® procedure codes, HCPCS Level II supply codes, ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes, modifiers, and healthcare regulations.

Whether you take the exam online or in-person, you must complete the CFPC exam within four hours and answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass.

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