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Initial Computed Tomography (CT) Certification and Registration

Certification and registration is the recognition of an individual who satisfies certain standards within a profession. Employers, state licensing agencies, and federal regulators look at the ARRT credential as an indication that a person has met a recognized national standard for medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy professionals. ARRT is also the first organization to have a CT certification and registration program earn accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

As outlined in ARRT’s "Equation for Excellence," candidates for ARRT's Computed Tomography (CT) certification and registration must meet basic education, ethics, and examination requirements to become eligible. The following sections outline the eligibility requirements for all three areas. Note that there is no such thing as "registry-eligible" as far as the ARRT is concerned. Additional eligibility details can be found in the Postprimary Discipline Handbook.

Education Requirements for Computed Tomography (CT) Certification and Registration

Candidates pursuing certification and registration in computed tomography (CT) must be registered with the ARRT in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology (registration with NMTCB is also accepted), or Radiation Therapy. In addition, candidates must document completion of the CT Clinical Experience Requirements. To start documenting procedures, log in to My ARRT Info and click "Pursue Post-Primary Certification and Registration." NOTE: These requirements include clinical procedures including activating actual CT scans, known as “initiating the scan” or “making the exposure.” Candidates are responsible for ensuring state laws in their area allow them to complete this requirement. Contact a member of the Clinical Requirements Department at (651) 687-0048, ext. 8570, with any questions.

Beginning January 1, 2016, candidates must also document completion of 16 hours of structured education. Learn more about ARRT’s education requirements.

Ethics Requirements for Computed Tomography (CT) Certification and Registration

Every candidate for certification and registration must, according to ARRT governing documents, "be a person of good moral character and must not have engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with the ARRT Rules of Ethics," and they must "agree to comply with the ARRT Rules and Regulations and the ARRT Standards of Ethics." ARRT investigates all potential violations in order to determine eligibility.

Issues addressed by the Rules of Ethics include convictions, criminal procedures, or military courts-martial as described below:

  • Felony;
  • Misdemeanor;
  • Criminal procedures resulting in a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest), a verdict of guilty, withheld or deferred adjudication, suspended or stay of sentence, or pre-trial diversion.

Juvenile convictions processed in juvenile court and minor traffic citations not involving drugs or alcohol do not need to be reported.

Additionally, candidates for certification and registration are required to disclose whether they have ever had any license, registration, or certification subjected to discipline by a regulatory authority or certification board (other than ARRT).

Read all about ARRT’s ethics requirements.

Examination Requirements for Computed Tomography (CT) Certification and Registration

After having met the education and ethics requirements, candidates for Computed Tomography (CT) certification and registration must pass ARRT’s Computed Tomography (CT) examination, which assesses the knowledge and cognitive skills underlying the intelligent performance of the tasks typically required of staff technologists practicing at entry-level within the discipline. Applications may be submitted online by logging into My ARRT Info. If you don’t have access to My ARRT Info, please contact the Initial Certification Department at (651) 687-0048, ext. 8560. When completing their applications, candidates should keep a few things in mind:

  • All photos, signatures, and/or dates of signatures on an application form must occur within the six months before the date the application is received at the ARRT office.
  • Be sure to include the correct application fee.

The CT Content Specifications provide an outline of the topics covered in the exam. Since ARRT uses many references to build its exams, it does not provide specific lists of study materials or textbooks, nor does it recommend or endorse any review programs, mock registries, or study guides.

Individuals who are determined eligible by ARRT will receive, via the USPS, a Candidate Status Report (CSR) that details eligibility status and provides information on scheduling an exam appointment within the 90-day window. The CSR also addresses how to change an exam window or appointment, and how to prove identity at the test center.

Find out more about ARRT’s exams, including details about exam format and exam length, test centers, and how to request testing accommodations.

Candidates are allowed three attempts to pass an exam, and they must complete the three attempts within a three-year period that begins with the initial ARRT examination window start date.

Beyond Initial Certification and Registration

ARRT offers an easy way to publicly recognize a technologist's accomplishments and promote a facility's commitment to quality — a news release template that can be accessed easily, customized personally, and distributed locally. Find out how easy it is to announce a newly earned certification and registration.

Once you become certified and registered, the credential needs to be maintained. R.T.s must agree to comply with the ARRT Rules and Regulations and ARRT Standards of Ethics each year*, meet the Continuing Education Requirements every two years, as well as complete the Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQR) every 10 years.

Learn more about what happens after initial certification and registration.

*Beginning January 1, 2017, R.T.s will be required to notify ARRT of any potential ethics violation within 30 days of the occurrence or during their annual renewal of certification and registration, whichever comes first.

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