Recertification General Information
ARDMS is developing a program to assure that Registrants continue to meet the basic competency requirements of core clinical skills in present day practice.
Each Registrant who holds an active ARDMS certification as of December 31, 2011 will be assigned the 2012 – 2021 10-year recertification assessment period (see graph below).
- The 10-year period for new Registrants will begin the year following the attainment of the credential (If earned credential in January 1, 2012, their 10-year recertification period is 2013-2022)
To check your 10-year period, log on to ARDMS.org/MYARDMS and click on the “Maintaining Certification” tab.
If a Registrant earns a new credential or specialty after January 1, 2012, then that credential/specialty will have a separate 10-year recertification assessment period that will begin the year following the attainment of the credential/specialty. ARDMS will develop tools and resources to assist Registrants in tracking and meeting the recertification assessment program requirements.
Registrants who do not wish to take a recertification assessment in a specific credential/specialty may voluntarily relinquish the credential/specialty.
- For updates, visit and bookmark ARDMS.org/Recertification and watch for articles in Registry Reports, NewsWire and Notes for Educators.
As an ARDMS Registrant, you are committing to demonstrate the highest level of competency in the modality of sonography by meeting and maintaining the standards set by the ARDMS. The pathway of maintenance your certification is comprised of:
Paying the ARDMS annual renewal fee each year.
Each year ARDMS assesses Registrants an annual renewal fee. By paying your annual renewal fee, you are contributing to the ARDMS mission of promoting quality care and patient safety through the certification and continuing competency of ultrasound professionals. In order to maintain your credentials, you must pay the annual renewal fee of $75 USD or $100 USD (for RPVI and MSK Registrants with MD/DO/DPM) designation on or before December 31 of each year in order to stay active for the following year.Visit ARDMS.org/Renewal for more information.
Attesting to ARDMS rules and policies.
Each year when you pay your annual renewal fee, you are attesting that you are in compliance with all ARDMS rules and discipline policies and are in good standing with the ARDMS.
Earning a minimum of 30 ARDMS-accepted CMEs during your three-year CME period.
ARDMS verifies its Registrants' compliance with continuing medical education (CME) requirements using an audit process. Earning your CMEs is an integral component of maintaining your ARDMS credential(s) and demonstrates your ongoing commitment to lifelong learning. Read the “ARDMS CME Audit” section of this packet for further information or visit ARDMS.org/CME.
Recertification...Continued Commitment to Excellence
Following the attainment of the ARDMS credential, Registrants are assigned a 10-year recertification period the year after the credential is earned. ARDMS is committed to developing a recertification program that is easy for Registrants to comply with.
Note: To maintain the RPVI credential, RPVI Registrants will be required to complete future periodic recertification assessments. The recertification assessment program, along with the annual renewal fee and CME requirements, will constitute the three obligations ARDMS Registrants must meet to maintain active status.