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NCMP Certification

NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP)

A2022NCMP_Logo_PMS1505_HiRess the definitive resource for menopause and other midlife healthcare issues,
NAMS developed a competency examination program in 2002 to

  • Set the standards for menopause practice
  • Assist women in locating clinicians who could provide optimal menopause-related healthcare

How to Earn the NCMP Credential

Details and an application form are found in the printed Candidate Handbook, a copy of which can be downloaded. It is important to read all of the exam-related policies in the Candidate Handbook before applying to take the exam. Please note the results from the June 2022 exam offering will be delayed as
a new exam form is introduced.

2022 NCMP
Candidate Handbook

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List of NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioners

It’s important to review the entire Candidate Handbook, but here are the highlights:

  • A national role-delineation study defined the content of the examination, which includes tasks that are performed routinely and considered important to competent practice.
  • The examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions in English, developed through a combined effort of qualified subject-matter experts and testing professionals who have constructed it in accordance with the examination content outline.

Suggested Study Materials

There is no study guide for the exam. However, NAMS publishes many professional education resources that may be helpful in preparing for the exam. Menopause Practice: A Clinician’s Guide is the Society’s most comprehensive professional resource. Healthcare providers should seek out additional information from other reputable sources as well.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must be licensed healthcare practitioners, including, but not limited to, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and psychologists.
  • A photocopy of the applicant’s current license must be submitted with the examination application
    and fee.


  • The fees to either take the exam or maintain the credential are $200 (NAMS member) and $400 (nonmember).


Scheduled Exam Windows

 Examination Date

Application and Payment

June 1 to June 30, 2022  May 1, 2022 
October 1 to October 31, 2022  August 31, 2022 

Recognition of Competency

  • Eligible candidates who pass the examination will receive the NCMP credential.
  • The credential is valid for 3 years. For example, if you received your credential at any time during
    calendar year 2022, you have through December 31, 2025, to maintain it.
  • To maintain credential status, there are two options: reexamination or submit the appropriate continuing education credits (45 hours, with 15 from NAMS, during the 3-year timespan).

Benefits of NCMP Credential

If you are a licensed healthcare provider, you are invited to earn the prestigious credential of “NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner” or “NCMP.” Benefits include

  • Validation of a level of expertise from the preeminent scientific organization focused on menopause management
  • Enhanced credibility among patients and other healthcare providers
  • Opportunity to enhance promotion of your menopause practice in your community, leading to expansion of your patient base
  • Potentially higher income and job promotion
  • Permission to use “NCMP” every time you feature your name and other credentials (eg, MD, NP)
  • Special recognition on the NAMS website, in clinician lists mailed to women
    without Internet access, and among peers at the NAMS Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Personal satisfaction of knowing you are providing your patients with the best possible care

If you earn the NCMP certification, you would receive from NAMS the following materials to proudly display your accomplishment to patients and colleagues:

  • Certificate suitable for framing
  • Annual lapel pins
  • NCMP logo for your use (eg, letterhead, website)
  • Suggested press release for alerting your local media outlets
The NAMS Menopause Practitioner search makes it easy for women to find an NCMP for their healthcare.



If you have questions about your exam application, please contact Scantron at candidatesupport@scantron.com or 919/572-6880 Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern.

If you have questions about the NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner program, please contact Elizabeth Slogar by e-mail or telephone (440/442-7697).

Meet NAMS Menopause
Practitioners of the Year 


Thanks NAMS for Additional Honor (2019)

"It is already such a privilege to work in women’s healthcare everyday"
Kurtzer, Traci 2019
Traci A. Kurtzer
Chicago, IL

Grateful for Years of Involvement and Encouragement (2018)

"NAMS has provided me with such a comprehensive and integrated approach to women’s healthcare that I have become a better menopause practitioner."
Soltes, Barbara 2018
Barbara A, Soltes
Chicago, IL

NAMS Credential Helps Women Find Specialized Providers (2017)

"The NAMS certification has allowed women with real menopause challenges to find me, and in turn keeps my practice very interesting and challenging."
Ann L. Steiner
Radnor, PA

NAMS Credential Provides Validation of Knowledge (2016)

"The credential provides validation of my knowledge to colleagues when I present at professional meetings on menopausal topics."

Diane T. Pace
Memphis, TN

NAMS Certification Ensures Commitment to Scientific Knowledge (2015)

"It is important for patients to have reassurance of a certification process and know their provider is committed to scientific knowledge and safety."

Bitner Diana 2015
Diana L. Bitner, MD, NCMP
Grand Haven, MI

NAMS Credential Shows Qualification (2014) 

"The credential shows that I am qualified to care for patients, especially during menopause and beyond."

Mary K. Clarkin, RN, MS, CNP, NCMP
Cleveland, OH

NAMS Certification Signals Up to Date Science (2013)

"The credentialing signals to patients and other providers that I have a special interest in this area clinical practice and that I am kept up to date scientifically."

Barbara J. DePree, MD, NCMP
Holland, MI

NAMS Certification Adds Legitimacy (2012)

"Being an NCMP is important to my patients because I have developed further knowledge and skills that enable me to provide quality care that addresses the ongoing seasons of their lives."

Terry Gibbs, DO, NCMP,  Sylvania, OH

NAMS Certification
Gives Credibility

"My patients truly appreciate the information I provide them regarding management and treatments. The NCMP certification also gives me credibility among my peers and has helped me focus on the development of a menopause clinic."

Lisa Astalos Chism DNP, APRN, BC, NCMP, FAANP, Detroit, MI


NAMS Certification Gives Patients Confidence (2010)
The NCMP credential is important to patients because it gives them a way to know I have the in-depth knowledge to guide them through the decisions they will make about medications, alternative remedies, and lifestyle choices at this time in their lives."

Julia Schlam Edelman, MD, FACOG, NCMP, Middleboro, MA


Comments from NAMS
Certified Menopause Practitioners

"I value my NCMP credential. I put the certificate on my website so people are aware of it. It has drawn new patients to my practice, and patients feel comfortable asking me questions about menopause."

Rebekah Perks, NP, NCMP
South Hadley, MA
"By taking the NAMS competency exam, I have proved that I am continuing to keep up with the latest menopause information." 

Robyn B. Faye, MD, NCMP, FACOG
Ft. Washington, PA
"The NAMS credential has provided an additional level of credibility of my practice."

Diane T. Pace, PhD, FNP, CCD, NCMP, FAANP
Memphis, TN

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