I generally stay out of this issue, after having made several suggestions in the past. However, I want to address two things in these posts.
Respectfully I ask, first, if AAPC was to give incentives....what would these be? and who would pay for them? There are plenty of comments on other posts that the current membership fee is too high and questions about its value. I personally think the membership fee is fair and gives a good value. However, would it now be expected to raise the membership fee to cover these "incentives?" Would this be fair to ALL members? I don't think so. Many of us have paid our dues and found our jobs and would not need to take advantage of this "benefit" but would we now need to cover "our portion" with increased membership fee? Why would people already questioning the membership fees want to pay more? especially if it would be of no benefit to a large number of members.
Secondly, again respectfully, I believe some people have a misguided understanding of the different types of credentials available today. It seems (and I could be wrong) that when some of you can't find a job, due to lack of experience, with a CPC, you decide to get the CCS credential to make you more attractive. It seems first, that many of you don't understand the differences in IP and OP coding, and second, if you don't have experience for the CPC, you don't have experience for the CCS. Its not how many credentials you have that make you more attractive to employers, its the proper crendential (CPC - if wanting to do OP coding, or CCS - if wanting IP coding) AND the needed experience. Getting the CCS because you can't find employment with the CPC and no experience, still leaves you with no experience.
Good luck to each of you, in whatever path you choose,
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