Registered Vascular Technologist® (RVT®)

The RVT credential raises the standard of vascular ultrasound practice worldwide and promotes best practices for enhanced patient safety. The RVT credential is designed to certify medical professionals in the vascular ultrasound field. By earning the RVT credential, healthcare professionals gain a critical edge in promoting public safety in vascular ultrasound.

Please consult the information below to learn how to become RVT certified, the application and examination process, and how certification pertains to your career in vascular ultrasound.

If you are a physician, click here to learn more about the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI), a vascular interpretation certification exclusively for physicians.

ARDMS RVT Prerequisites
To obtain the RVT credential, you must meet the examination prerequisites and pass the physics and the VT specialty examination within five years:

Physics Examination:
     • Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI)


Specialty examination: 
     • Vascular Technology (VT) – Available on demand

How the RPVI and Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) Credentials Differ
The RPVI credential, offered exclusively to physicians, validates the clinical expertise fundamental to vascular sonography interpretation and recognizes the skills and knowledge required for making consistent and reliable diagnoses in vascular disease. The RPVI credential meets the physician training and experience criteria for the IAC (formally ICAVL) accreditation process. Find more information about the RPVI credential.

The RVT credential assesses the competency needed to perform a vascular sonography scan.

By January 1, 2017, all technical staff members must obtain a credential in vascular testing (i.e. –ARDMS registrants working in a IAC accredited vascular lab will need to obtain the RVT credential) in order for the lab to earn and/or keep their IAC vascular laboratory accreditation. You may receive calls from current registrants looking to earn the RVT for this reason. To view the full announcement, please click here.