Certification is the initial 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.
As outlined in ARRT’s "Equation
for Excellence," candidates for ARRT's Mammography certification 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 Mammography Certification Handbook.
Education Requirements for Mammography Certification
Candidates pursuing certification in mammography must be registered with the ARRT
in Radiography and
must document completion of the Mammography Clinical Experience Requirements (effective
2009, effective 2012).
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 Mammography Certification
Every candidate for certification 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 court martials as described below:
- 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 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 Mammography Certification
After having met the education and ethics requirements, candidates for Mammography
certification must pass ARRT’s Mammography 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, are not using ARRT certification as a supporting category or would prefer to submit a paper application by mail, please contact the Initial Certification Department at (651) 687-0048, ext. 8560. When completing their applications, candidates should keep a few things in
- 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
The Mammography 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
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
Find out more about ARRT’s exams,
including details about
exam format and exam length,
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.
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
Once you become certified, the Registered Technologist (R.T.) credential is maintained
through ongoing registration. R.T.s must agree to comply with the ARRT Rules and Regulations
and ARRT Standards of Ethics each year, as well as meet
Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal of Registration every
Learn more about what happens after certification.