If you had to provide your American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) credentials today, would they be valid?
As a Registered Technologist (R.T.), you are required to possess the knowledge and skills to provide the best possible care to the patients you serve.
This is why the ARRT imposes certain ongoing requirements to maintain your certification. Failure to maintain the correct qualifications may result in probation or revocation of your license.
If you let your credentials expire, you can only become re-qualified by meeting all initial requirements AGAIN – meaning you will have to take the boards.
Wondering how to make sure your qualifications are valid? Let’s discuss the continuing qualification requirements you need to meet after receiving your first ARRT credential.
How to Maintain Your ARRT Credentials
You put in a lot of hard work and commitment to earn your ARRT credentials. The commitment doesn’t end after you meet the initial requirements for your license.
Before fulfilling other requirements, you must remain compliant with the ARRT Rules and Regulations and the ARRT Standards of Ethics. You should be familiar with both after earning your initial credentials.
Next, you will need to meet the following requirements.
Annual Renewal Process
Each year, you will be required to renew your credentials through the ARRT. The process is completed quickly and easily online.
While there are fees associated with renewing your credentials, they are lower than typical credentialing organizations.
When determining the cost of annual renewal, you should also consider additional licensure renewal fees required by your state.
Continuing Education Biennium
Once you become an R.T., you will be required to report your CE activities to the ARRT every two years after your initial exam. This timeline is referred to as the biennium.
During your biennium, as a Radiologic Technologist you are required to earn 24 continuing education (CE) credits. To earn these credits, you will have to participate in activities accepted by the ARRT.
These activities may include approved online courses, classroom learning, lectures from professional society meetings, and more.
It is your responsibility to be sure that your activities meet ARRT requirements. You are required to report your CE activities. If you are audited by the ARRT, you will need to show proof of your continuing education with a certificate of completion.
The ARRT will continually assess your education and skills, so they have created long-term continuing qualification requirements for professionals to fulfill.
The ARRT created the CQR process to ensure professionals’ ability to provide high-quality care.
These requirements apply to radiologic professionals who have earned their credentials on or after January 1, 2011. While you will have to complete CQR every ten years, you have three years to complete the process.
The CQR process can seem daunting, but it is a necessary requirement for R.T. professionals:
- Accountability. It is vital that you are able to provide your patients with quality care. Patients and their families trust you to remain accountable and provide the care they require.
- Assess your skills. CQR is a way to assess your skills. To remain successful in your career, you will want to stay up-to-date on best practices.
- Improve your knowledge. By completing CQR, you will be able to identify any weak areas in knowledge related to your discipline. Identifying these gaps is the beginning of improving your skills.
- Remain competitive. As an R.T., it is imperative to remain competitive in your discipline. CQR gives you the ability to elevate your profession.
How to Complete CQR
- Update your professional profile. To complete the CQR process, you are first required to
update your professional profile. In this profile, you highlight the types
and frequency of the procedures you perform.
Complete a Structured Self-Assessment (SSA). It is important to note that the SSA is not a test, so you can’t fail. This self-assessment is necessary to assess your knowledge and skills to identify areas that require your attention.
While it’s not a test, you will have to perform the assessment under the supervision of a proctor. This can be done via webcam.
- Complete continuing education activities. These activities may be the same or different as those required for your biennium review. However, they are ordered specifically by the ARRT in coordination with your SSA. These CE requirements will count towards your biennium.
This may seem like a lot, but the process is actually simple. The first two steps should take you under three hours. It is unlikely that the CQR process will take any longer than your biennium.
And as a plus, you only have to worry about it every 10 years!
Maintain Your Credentials Today
While performing these ARRT continuing qualifications requirements might be frustrating, the process is not a scheme. Most health care professions have similar requirements to maintain certification.
It is simply in effect to ensure that patients are receiving the care they require from their R.T. You can always spread the cost of required CE over two biennium periods.
Each of our courses comes with a textbook or an in-depth document and a post-test. You can save money by sharing a course book with another tech that is completing CE!
We provide an online testing center for free. If you are more comfortable taking the test manually, you also have the option of mailing or faxing your answer sheet to us.
Do you have questions about continuing education requirements for the ARRT? Just ask us to get started!