AAHAM Certified Compliance Technician

Intended Audience

This exam is intended for all revenue cycle staff who must meet employers’ annual compliance training requirements. In today’s healthcare environment, compliance is of the utmost importance. Regardless of what role you have in the revenue cycle, understanding compliance is a necessity.

The compliance exam covers such topics as Fraud and Abuse, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, HIPAA, Administrative Sanctions, and RACs. You can use your CCT Certification towards satisfying Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), The Joint Commission (TJC) and Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Requirements

Exam Overview

The CCT is a ninety (90) minute online proctored exam that measures basic competencies in healthcare compliance.

CCT Exam Focus Areas

  1. The seven elements of a healthcare compliance plan
  2. Agencies that oversee healthcare compliance
  3. Knowledge of the Office of Inspector General compliance recommendations
  4. Non-compliance penalties

Exam Format

Examinees sit the online exam that covers all four (4) focus areas. Grading is immediate upon completion of the exam. All areas of the CCT exam are graded together and the exam must be passed with a score of 70% or greater in order to earn the designation. If the score is less than 70%, a retake of the full exam is required.

Exam Retakes

Failed exams can be retaken as soon as the next exam cycle but must be retaken within twelve (12) months of the initial exam date.

Exam Refunds and Postponements

CCT applications are non-refundable, and non-transferable. There are no postponements allowed.


The CCT exam is available to anyone involved in the management of patient accounts which involve government payers and compliance. AAHAM membership is not required, although it is encouraged, one year of compliance experience is recommended.

Exam Frequency/Schedule

The exams are held three times a year; March, July and November.

Exam Preparation

AAHAM certification examinations require hands on working knowledge of patient account management as it relates to national governmental regulations and policies that govern revenue cycle registration, billing and collection procedures. Working experience is not sufficient; candidates will need to enhance and refresh their knowledge through independent and group study programs. Participation in study opportunities provided by your local chapter and/or the national organization is highly recommended.

Study opportunities include:

  • A downloadable CCT study outline included in the CCT exam fee.
  • A comprehensive CCT Exam Study Manual is available for purchase. The manual is designed to assist you in studying for the CCT certification as chapters correspond to each section of the exams, with material targeted and geared toward exam questions. It features knowledge checks (practice questions) to help gauge your progress.
  • Training and coaching opportunities are offered by local AAHAM chapters.
Professional Study Sessions will be conducted by Leanna Marshall (434/293-8891), Virginia Chapter Certification Chair.  Leanna is available to hold study sessions in person, at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Department of Patient Financial Services building located at 4105 Lewis & Clark Dr. Charlottesville, VA 22911, or via telephone conference.


To retain the CCT certification designation, two (2)options are available:

  • Option One - Retake and pass the entire exam every three years.
  • Option Two - Join as a national member prior to your certification expiration date and earn continuing education units (CEUs). Please note that that your CEUs begin to accumulate starting the date you join as a National member, therefore any CEUs earned before joining AAHAM as a member aren’t eligible. Members must earn and report twenty hours of prior to their certification expiration date. Ten of the CEUs must be obtained from attendance at AAHAM related educational programs. If membership and CEUs are not maintained, the designation will be revoked and can no longer be used.

If you are certified; CCT and CRCE/CRCP/CRCS; The CEUs you submit for those certifications may also be used toward your CCT CEUs.

To see detailed information on recertification reporting and requirements, click here.