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National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)


The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) is an independent certification organization that has tested more than 395,000 individuals throughout the United States since 1989 for competency in these roles:
  • Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Insurance and Coding Specialist
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • ECG Technician
  • Tech in Surgery
  • Certified Postsecondary Instructor
NCCT recognizes that candidates come from a wide variety of educational and experiential backgrounds. For this reason, there are multiple qualifying routes for candidates with experience, education and training. To earn an NCCT credential, candidates must meet all eligibility requirements and pass an examination designed to assess defined entry level job competencies

A test is only as good as its development and administration processes. NCCT certification examination development begins with job analysis. NCCT solicits input from practitioners, employers, instructors, schools/colleges, programs, organizations, accrediting bodies, and others before determining which knowledge, skills, and abilities are significant to the role. This information guides the formation of test specifications and content outlines, from which the question bank is prepared. Exams are administered at test sites across the United States and proctored by autonomous individuals (i.e. with no vested interest in results) to ensure test content security. Examinee results are continuously monitored. All of these things help to ensure that NCCT tests are valid for their intended purpose.

While some certifying agencies might offer lifetime certification to applicants who pass a single exam, NCCT does not. Certificants are required to complete a minimum of 14 clock hours of approved continuing education annually to update their knowledge and maintain active status. Recertification is the final link in the chain of processes that brings credibility to our credentials.

Video 1: Why NCCT?
How can credentials help you in your job search? Who should you pick for a certifier? How can NCCT guide your path to certification? Find out the answers to these questions and more by watching the video below.


Video 2: Test Validity
How do you know if a certification exam you are going to take (or administer) is a good one? To answer that question, you need to know how they are developed. And if you are a subject matter expert, you can help! NCCT is always recruiting subject matter experts. Check out the video below to find out how.

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