Certified Physician Executive (CPE) - Earn Your Credential

What is the CPE?

CPE is an acronym that stands for Certified Physician Executive. It is a credential and title that tells employers that you’re not only an accomplished physician, but someone who also has the necessary leadership, management, and communication skills required to effectively improve the quality and efficiency of a health care organization.


Why Pursue a CPE Credential?

Physicians who work one-on-one with patients in a clinical role are susceptible to fatigue, disengagement, and eventually burnout. This can lead physicians to seek a role in the health care industry that involves less pressure, but still allows them to create change within a health care organization. Physicians who earn a CPE can more easily transition from a clinical role to an executive health care management position, such as:

  • Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
  • Medical Director
  • Chief of Staff
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Among many others

How Do I Earn a CPE Credential?

To earn this credential, you must complete the following:

Enroll in our CPE program and complete the four-part curriculum of courses OR complete a qualifying graduate management degree. You can view more information on our curriculum as well as our online and live courses under the Resources section  - if you become an AAPL member, you can get a 15% discount on all courses!

Shop CPE Courses

Once you’ve completed your CPE coursework, it’s time to reserve your spot at one of our capstone events. This 3 ½ day event will allow you to engage and collaborate with your colleagues to prepare for your CPE Leadership Summary Presentation.

After successful completion of the Capstone, you'll be awarded the designation of CPE by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management (CCMM).

Who Should Enroll?

Register for the CPE credential program today if you:

  • Are a licensed M.D. or D.O.
  • Possess a board certification in a clinical specialty
  • Have at least one year of significant leadership experience and managerial oversight within a healthcare organization.
  • Have three years’ experience after your residency and fellowship


What Do I Need to Apply?

Before you start, make sure you have electronic versions of the required documentation noted on the Capstone event page. The application fee is $150, and a $3,500 tuition is due upon your acceptance.

Read More about the Capstone Event


Have Additional Questions?

Additionally, you can call us toll-free within the United States at (800) 562-8088 or at (813) 287-2000 if you are outside the United States. You can also email us at cpe@physicianleaders.org 

We can also set up a meeting with one of our education advisors who can assist you with creating a custom education pathway. This can be scheduled by pressing the button below. 

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