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Elimination of “A” Designation: The Apprentice designation is not needed anymore

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    Personally, I like the Apprentice indicator. As someone who has trained my fair share of CPC-A's right out of school, I feel it is warranted. Someone right out of school who has passed the test may have the basics, may have passed the test with flying colors, but real life experience is the most important factor in my experience. I understand the quandry Apprentices are in trying to find jobs, but coders without practical experience aren't anywhere near as effective or accurate as experienced coders. I'm sorry, but that's a fact.

    Rather then having the Apprentice indicator, I think 2 years experience should be required prior to obtaining the certification. I've been certified for going on 10 years now, so I don't recall exactly what was required of me, but it seems to me I recall needing my employer to verify that I had two years coding experience. I feel that needs to remain in effect if you're getting rid of the Apprentice indicator.

    The most successful coders I know have started off as billers so that's where I would recommend getting your start if you're having a difficult time finding a coding job. That billing knowledge really helps with the coding in my opinion, and having that coding base helps greatly when doing billing. I've hired a ton of billers with no experience, and they generally do fairly well, and several have gone on to become sucessful coders.

    I want my CPC designation to mean something. As it is now, the AAPC has so many certifications that it's becoming somewhat of a joke. The AAPC needs to consolidate them.
    Last edited by gared111; 03-08-2013 at 09:46 AM.

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    I agree with the majority of your post and would like to clarify one thing.

    The specialty credentials are in place to show advanced knowledge as indicated on the website:

    Designed for experienced coders, the AAPC's specialty credentials enable coders to demonstrate superior levels of expertise in their respective specialty disciplines. These specialty credentials are stand-alone certifications with no requirement to hold the CPC® credential. They allow coders to validate their knowledge in a specialty with unique coding, reimbursement and compliance challenges.

    I also agree with you that my credentials mean something-this is my career, my profession and I take it very seriously. I don't believe the specialty are taking anything away from our core credentials.

    Have a great weekend!
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    You would make a good AAPC pres.

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    I couldn't agree more. I took this exam in 2004 and passed but due to financial issues couldn't maintain the fees and CEU's and subsequently lost my credentials. This was an extremely HUGE blow after working so hard to obtain it. After many years in the industry/field, and dreaded to sit for the exam again I decided to get back what I know I had earned even if it meant being drug through the mud again. I took the exam and passed only to now have an "A" attached to my credentials. It certainly seems there could be a better merit system for basing ones expertise..... I know maybe a 5 1/2 hour, rigorous exam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a.floyd@att.net View Post
    I couldn't agree more. I took this exam in 2004 and passed but due to financial issues couldn't maintain the fees and CEU's and subsequently lost my credentials. This was an extremely HUGE blow after working so hard to obtain it. After many years in the industry/field, and dreaded to sit for the exam again I decided to get back what I know I had earned even if it meant being drug through the mud again. I took the exam and passed only to now have an "A" attached to my credentials. It certainly seems there could be a better merit system for basing ones expertise..... I know maybe a 5 1/2 hour, rigorous exam.
    You automatically get the A after the test is passed. You just need to send in the documentation showing the 2 years work experience and it will be removed. You have the experience its just a formality once you re-certify. It takes a couple weeks for them to remove the A

    PS. the 5.5 hour exam isn't enough as its not real world coding. That's why AAPC wants the real world experience to back it up. There are many professions where you become an "apprentice" first. You know, kind of like a doctor and their residency, of course its not a letter after their credential but its pretty much the same process?
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