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Get Certified

Why get certified? Because it makes you a better case manager. It makes you a better you.

The CCM is the largest, oldest and most highly valued credential for case managers. Long recognized by accreditation organizations as a proxy for workforce readiness, its value has expanded as health care evolves to a more patient-centric, coordinated model of care.

Simply put, health care organizations need well-trained, knowledgeable case managers, and the CCM is the standard for the industry and salaries for CCMs continue to rise. The majority of CCMs earn more than $80,000 annually, and salaries have trended upwards for 5+ years. That compares favorably with median salaries for nurses and social workers—the fields in which most case managers are trained. A majority earned salary increases in the past 12 months, too, indicating a strong upward salary trajectory. More than half of CCMs who are executives earn more than $100,000 annually, as do more than a third of CCMs in management roles. 

Benefits of CCM certification extend beyond salary alone:

  • 88% of CCMs say certification has had a positive impact on their career.
  • 94% have recommended the CCM to other case managers.
  • CCMs seek certification to:
    • Improve employment options
    • Advance professional standing
    • Enhance personal growth

The CCM is prized as the mark of case manager excellence, across all health care and health management settings. The CCM is the Exclusive health care case manager credential endorsed by the National Association of Social Workers and the Case Management Society of America;

  • Only cross-setting, cross discipline case manager credential for health care and related fields that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies; and
  • Only cross-setting case manager certification validated by a comprehensive job analysis, independently conducted and analyzed by experts.

Employers recognize the value of CCM certification and financially support ongoing professional development, 58% pay for case managers to take the CCM exam, 44% require the credential, and 43% pay for CCM renewal. CCMs who supervise other case managers recognize the value of the credential when hiring—and so do their employers. 

Are you ready to get certified? Call us at (856) 380-6836 or email us today. 

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Employers recognize the value of CCM certification and financially support ongoing professional development, 58% pay for case managers to take the CCM exam, 44% require the credential, and 43% pay for CCM renewal. 

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  1. By MaryBeth Kurland, CAE CEO, Commission for Case Manager Certification Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed growing appreciation for board certification, especially from employers. They don’t merely prefer case managers who are board certified; increasingly, they require them: 44 percent of employers require the Board-Certified Case Manager (CCM®) credential, and 58 percent pay for the exam.(1) None of this happens in vacuum: New models of care delivery emphasize care coordination, team-based care, and other case management roles. That’s only part of the picture, though. It ultimately comes down to the clients’ needs: I am convinced the pace and direction of population growth will heighten the need for case managers who are prepared to inform, support and engage. We know: Baby Boomers are aging. An increasing number of chronically ill patients are maintaining an improved quality of life through newly developed drugs and requiring complex, ongoing treatment. More people are on the move, making care coordination more difficult. As a nation, we’re more ethnically, racially and culturally diverse. With an emphasis on patient-centric care, case managers are fueling an information and engagement-focused evolution in healthcare. Professional case managers are in a unique position to enhance the ability of their teams—even their organizations—to deliver culturally competent care to individuals of all ages. Health systems need professionals who can engage with patients, meet them where they are and help them navigate the increasingly complex system. The numbers support the relevance of the CCM. Our recent survey of CCMs found: Salaries are on the rise for those who are board certified, with the majority earning more than $80,000 annually. 88% say certification has had a positive impact on their career. 94% have recommended the CCM to other case managers. 75% of supervisors who are CCMs highly prefer or require the CCM when hiring experienced case managers. At the Commission, we’re working to ensure that the professional case manager’s role is acknowledged as essential to the delivery of quality, cost-effective and efficient care. One of my personal goals is to increase the number of talented people choosing case management as a profession, and who seek certification as a differentiator. Board certification demonstrates that a case manager has the experience and knowledge it takes to advocate for clients with complex challenges, collaborating with peers in today’s team-based care environment. The CCM validates professional readiness and competency. It underscores allegiance to ethical practice – that’s important to employers, clients and other members of the health team. As 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, the CCM is the gold standard for case manager excellence. Another important goal is to make the connection for employers and other health care leaders that the CCM credential designates case manager readiness and competency. Employers and other organizations look to care coordination and well-managed care transitions across the continuum as key components to successful client outcomes. The credential’s inter-disciplinary focus enhances every board-certified case manager’s ability to negotiate solutions in concert with others on the team. That’s important for problem-solving as care settings become more integrated. Those three little letters – the CCM behind the board-certified case manager’s signature – represent preparedness to meet today’s challenges and leverage tomorrow’s breakthroughs for improved health outcomes, a better patient experience, smarter spending, and greater professional satisfaction. Are you ready to join over 46,000 board-certified case managers who have a lifelong, fulfilling career they are proud to renew for decades? If the answer is yes, review the eligibility requirements to become a better case manager and to invest in you! (1) All data in this article is from 4,683 responses to the survey, “Health2 Resources and CCMC, Professional and Demographic Characteristics of CCMs” January 2019.
  2. by Vivian Campagna, MSN, RN-BC, CCM, chief industry relations officer (CIRO) for The Commission for Case Manager Certification My work as chief industry relations officer at the Commission for Case Manager Certification doesn’t involve day-to-day case management or even supervision of case managers. But it’s funny how being a certified case manager becomes part of your being. As an experienced case manager, I have the ability to help people understand their needs and preferences, navigate through the complicated maze of our health care system and access the resources they need for optimal health. And as a certified case manager, I embody the knowledge, capability and skill required for the role. Friends and colleagues trust me to help them along their path to self-management, self-advocacy and recovery. I am bound by high professional standards and a code of conduct. Those three letters behind my name validate my qualifications to employers, providers and peers. As the Commission approached its 25th anniversary as a certification body for case managers, we sought out seasoned case managers and asked them why, even beyond their retirement years, they maintain the continuing education and renew the credential. What we hear strengthens my personal and professional understanding of the value of the credential to make us a “better case manager, a better YOU.” Today, it’s my desire and my dedication to see a growing, diverse cadre of case managers achieve certification and earn the peer, employer and client respect it engenders. The Commission’s research and commitment to ensure the exam remains practice-based and relevant also supports a health care industry motivated to employ knowledgeable, qualified case managers. That ongoing commitment positively impacts the hopes, dreams and careers of more than 45,000 board-certified case managers. The numbers support the relevance of the CCM. Our recent survey of CCMs found Salaries are on the rise for those who are board certified, with the median salary between $80,000 - $85,000 annually. 88% say certification has had a positive impact on their career. 94% have recommended the CCM to other case managers. Employers recognize the importance of the CCM by paying for the exam or renewal and often requiring the credential. Supervisors who are CCMs highly prefer hiring those who are certified. Are you ready to join the more than 45,000 certified case managers who have a lifelong, fulfilling career they are proud to renew for decades? If the answer is yes, review the eligibility requirements to become a better case manager, a better you!
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