Compare the CCM

The CCM is prized as the gold standard for case manager excellence, across all health care and health management settings. 

If you’re asking which certification is right for you, don’t just take our word for it. Compare the CCM with other case manager exam-based credentials.




Comparative Insight


12 months full-time case management employment experience supervised by a CCM
24 months full time case management employment experience
12 months full time case management employment experience as a supervisor of individuals who provide case management services
All applicants must have at least one (1) year, or 2,080 hours, of full-time, supervised, paid work experience employed as a case manager, or in a role that falls within the Scope of Services and Standards of Practice of a case manager, by a Health Delivery System.


CCMC requires case managers applying for the CCM credential to be employed in direct delivery of case management services.



License such as RN, LCSW, Rx
baccalaureate or master's degree from an accredited institution in a health or human services field
Certification such as CRC, CDMS
Valid and current nursing license number
bachelor's or master’s degree from accredited school of social work
a valid social work license
Recognizing the workforce development need for qualified, knowledgeable case managers, CCMC's education requirements include a breadth of education and degree programs. The CCM is the largest and most comprehensive case manager credential, recognized across all health care settings.

Number of testing centers

8,000+ in 160 countries 300 (U.S. only) There are more than 10 times the number of CCM test centers than for the ACM credential.

Number of those with the credential

More than 42,000 certified 5,000 certified

Certified CCM vs. Certified ACMA

Period before renewal required

5 years 4 years CCM boasts 25% longer validity before renewal required.

Accreditation Status of Organization

The CCM is the only cross-setting, cross-discipline case manager credential for health care and related fields that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Not accredited by National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Accreditation by NCCA assures the validity of the CCM is demonstrated with a comprehensive job analysis conducted and analyzed by experts, with data gathered from stakeholders in the occupation or industry.

Employer preference for the certification

Half of CCMs surveyed (50%) said board certification is a requirement for employment. Nearly two-thirds of CCM employers (63%) pay for the initial certification exam.   65% of case management departments report that case management certification is influential in hiring decisions, and over half prefer the ACM™ credential.

Employers put their support—and their professional development dollars—behind the CCM:

  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approves the CCM credential for reimbursement under the GI Bill for licensing and certification.
  • The CCM is approved to meet hospital Magnet Recognition status. 

[1] Data from the 2017 Health2 Resources and CCMC Survey of Board-Certified Case Managers (n=2739)

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