DON'T HAVE AN ONLINE ACCOUNT? CREATE ONE NOW!
When you renew your certification and registration with ARRT for next year, you’ll do it quickly and easily—online!
For most of you, that’s nothing new. But if you’re one of the 3 percent of R.T.s who don’t have an account—or who haven’t used your account in more than a year—it’s time to remedy that.
Beginning this November (for R.T.s who renew in January), and continuing forward, you’ll renew your certification and registration using your online ARRT account. You won’t be able to send paper documents.
If renewing online concerns you, read on.
FIVE REASONS TO GO ONLINE WITH ARRT
Most people are already accustomed to the speed and ease of using websites to conduct business. Nevertheless, we know some worry about security when making purchases electronically or accessing the internet. That’s why we’ve addressed the most common issues here.
1. I’m worried that my credit card information will be stolen.
Security has always been one of ARRT’s top priorities—from the integrity of our exams to the accuracy and privacy of your financial and personal information. Although no site is guaranteed unhackable, as some of the largest U.S. retailers can attest, we use top-of-the-line technologies to help protect your online interactions with us.
- Our entire site is encrypted, which means that all communications between your browser and our website are sent in code that’s safe from eavesdropping and protected from unauthorized access.
- We’ve complied with all Payment Card Industry data security standards for many years—the most stringent criteria for companies that accept credit card information online.
- We perform vulnerability scans each day, and an external security firm scans our websites each month.
- We’re certified by Symantec, one of the world’s most recognized certification agencies.
- We don’t store credit card information at ARRT, and the information doesn’t pass through our network. It’s all handled by CyberSource—the same company that processes credit cards for Visa.
If you still don’t want to use your personal credit card online, you can get a single-use credit card or a prepaid debit card. Check with a local retailer or your financial institution.
2. I don’t have a credit card.
Most people in the U.S. have at least one credit card. If you’re one of the few who don’t, ask a local retailer or your financial institution about getting a credit card for one-time use or a prepaid debit card.
3. I don’t have an email account.
It’s easy to set up a free email account with providers such as Google (Gmail) or Yahoo. Just be sure to add our address to your safe list so our communications don’t get lost in your spam folder. We don’t recommend using your work email, because if you change employers you risk missing important information from ARRT.
4. I don’t have access to a computer.
Nearly everyone has access to a computer these days. Do you have a smartphone or tablet? If so, our new site will work easily with your device. Do you have friends or family who would let you use their computer, smartphone or tablet? If not, most public libraries have computers you can use free of charge.
And remember: Setting up your account and conducting all the business you have with ARRT won’t take more than a couple of hours each year.
5. I don’t want my personal information hacked or given away.
No one does. That’s why ARRT devotes significant resources to protecting the security of your information and allows you to designate how we’ll release it. If you’re still nervous about our security measures, go back to Question 1.
If you’re particularly uneasy, you can create an email account and choose a credit card to use only when interacting with ARRT. That way, in the unlikely event that a security breach should take place, your other emails and financial records will be safe.