MAINTAINING YOUR CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION
When you become a Registered Technologist (R.T.), patients will be at the heart of everything you do. It’s important to always have the knowledge and skills needed to provide the best possible care to those you serve. That’s why ARRT requires R.T.s to maintain their certification and registration by fulfilling a variety of important requirements.
As an R.T., you’ll need to renew your certification and registration every year. In order to do so, you must be current with your biennial Continuing Education (CE) Requirements (see section below). In addition, to renew an R.R.A. credential, or a credential in a discipline you earned using the postprimary eligibility pathway, you must also maintain certification and registration in the related supporting discipline.
Your annual renewal deadline will always be the last day of your birth month. You can renew quickly and easily online. And you’ll find that our renewal fees are significantly lower than those of many other credentialing organizations.
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS EVERY TWO YEARS
When you become an R.T., you’ll report your CE activities every two years as part of your annual renewal process. We call the two years during which you complete CE a “biennium.” Your biennium will end on the last day of the month before your birth month every other year. Your annual renewal and your CE biennium deadlines will be two separate dates.
A range of activities can count towards your CE requirements, including approved online classes, self-study readings and modules, lectures at professional society meetings, and classroom learning.
You’ll have access to detailed information and instructions on CE after you earn your first ARRT credential. To learn more now, review the ARRT Continuing Education Requirements document.
CONTINUING QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS EVERY 10 YEARS
As health care technology evolves, and patients demand increased accountability from providers, many credentialing agencies—including ARRT—have created long-term requirements for maintaining credentials. All R.R.A.s, and R.T.s who’ve earned their credentials on or after Jan.1, 2011, must complete ARRT’s Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQR) every 10 years. CQR helps identify gaps in knowledge and skills that might cause you to fall behind today’s entry-level qualifications. It then develops a plan for refreshing your understanding and abilities. If you’d like to learn more, visit our video library to watch our CQR video. Upon becoming an R.T., you’ll have access to detailed information about the CQR process when you log in to your online account.