Recertification General Information

Recommitment to Quality Patient Care and Safety

As an ARDMS Registrant, you are committing to demonstrate the highest level of expertise in the modality of sonography by meeting and maintaining the standards set by the ARDMS. ARDMS is developing a program to assure that ARDMS Registrants continue to demonstrate the knowledge and core clinical skills in present day practice.

Recertification Fast Facts:

  • ARDMS credentials will be valid for 10 years
  • The 10-year period for new Registrants will begin the year following the attainment of the credential (If earned credential in 2012, their 10-year recertification period is 2013-2022)
  • Recertification evaluation to begin in 2019
  • No charge for first attempt
  • Online e-case review
  • Open book/resources
  • No Principles and Instrumentation
  • Required standard for ARDMS' organizational accreditation

The chart below lists the required action through the course of your 10-year period. To check your 10-year period, log on to and click on the “Maintaining Certification” tab.



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The pathway of maintaining your credentials is comprised of:

Recertification...Recommitment to Quality Patient Care and Safety.
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.

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. In order to maintain your credentials, you must pay the annual renewal fee of $75 USD or $100 USD (for RPVI and RMSK Registrants with MD/DO/DPM designation) on or before December 31 of each year in order to stay active for the following year. Visit 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. Visit for more information.