CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION: LIMIT OF THREE ATTEMPTS IN THREE YEARS

You may make three attempts within three years to pass a certification and registration exam. The three-year period begins with the starting date of your initial ARRT exam window. After three unsuccessful exam attempts or three years—whichever comes first—your eligibility ends.

Some states use ARRT exams in their licensing process. If you attempt an exam as a state candidate, and you apply separately for ARRT certification and registration, your attempt as a state candidate counts toward ARRT's three-attempt limit. Passing the exam as a state candidate doesn’t mean you’re certified and registered with ARRT. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HIT THE LIMIT?

If you fail an ARRT exam three times within three years, you’ll have to regain eligibility to apply for certification and registration. You’ll follow one of two routes, depending on whether you’re pursuing ARRT credentials through the primary or postprimary pathway.

REGAIN ELIGIBILITY FOR THE PRIMARY PATHWAY

You may regain eligibility by either:

  • Enrolling in and completing the same or a different educational program in the discipline
  • Enrolling in and completing an educational program under the advanced placement option (available at the discretion of the institution’s Program Director)

With advanced placement, candidates who have previous education begin an accredited educational program at a level beyond the program’s normal entry point.

View a list of ARRT-recognized educational programs, including those that offer advanced placement options.

REGAIN ELIGIBILITY FOR THE POSTPRIMARY PATHWAY

You may regain eligibility by again satisfying the clinical experience and structured education requirements. You must perform and document the requirements either:

  • Within two years after you attempt and fail an exam for the third time OR
  • Within two years after your three-year eligibility period expires

You must perform all of your clinicals in the two years immediately before you submit a new application.