Maintenance of Certification (MOC) was developed to improve patient care by ensuring continuous lifelong learning and professional development throughout your career. MOC for RDMS, RDCS, RVT, and RMSKS credentials consists of 4-parts:
Renewal Fee - Annual
Attestation - Annual
Earn CMEs – Earn your minimum required number of continuing medical education (CME) credits during your 3-year CME period."
Recertification and Self-Evaluation Survey – Every 6 or 10 years (depending upon when the specialty certification was earned)
What is Recertification?
Recertification is a component of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and is a means of validating knowledge in your specialty. Achieving certification from ARDMS is a long-term commitment to yourself, your career and your profession. To maintain certification, you must be prepared to continue to learn and grow your current knowledge. With Recertification, you are demonstrating your commitment to staying current and building upon your knowledge.
Why is Recertification being implemented?
Recertification has been developed in order to meet a required standard of the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the accreditor of ARDMS certification examinations. ISO-ANSI stipulates that certification organizations should have a measurable way to assure that those who hold an ARDMS credential are knowledgeable in current day practice. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits alone cannot prove that Certificants continue to meet the minimum core sonography knowledge in present day practice.
Additionally, Recertification is being implemented to elevate the practice of sonography to be aligned with other health care professions and to anticipate state licensure regulations.
Why is the Recertification period transitioning to 6 years?
Changes in practice standards, technology, and patient care practices occur frequently. Job Task Analyses are conducted every 3-5 years in order to capture the impact of these changes on the profession. So in other words, as the profession matures and examinations are updated, either due to technology or industry requirements, so shall the frequency of Recertification. This is standard practice for certification examinations.
How do I know when I am due to recertify?
If you earned a specialty in 2016 and prior, Recertification will begin on a 10-year. Once requirements for Recertification have been completed, you will then transition to the 6-year cycle. Those earning a specialty in 2017 and forward will begin with a 6-year cycle.
Check your information in My ARDMS (sonographers) or My APCA (physicians) and select "Recertification" under the "Maintain Certification" menu. You will also receive email notifications informing you of the process and due dates.
What does Recertification involve?
Recertification will consist of a proficiency assessment and a brief self-evaluation survey.
Can I recertify early?
Yes, if you passed the specialty examination in 2016 or prior, you will have 3 years in which to meet the requirements. For example, if you passed the specialty examination in 2011, Recertification is due by 12/31/2021. However, you may take the proficiency assessment beginning 1/1/2019, allowing you 3 years to complete it. If you passed the specialty examination in 2014, Recertification is due by 12/31/2024 and you may opt to take the proficiency assessment beginning 1/1/2022.
What content does the proficiency assessment include?
The assessment will follow the current test blueprint according to the specialty. See the website link at http://www.ardms.org/get-certified/Pages/default.aspx and select the appropriate specialty
examination to view a current outline.
Will the proficiency assessment include Sonography Principles and Instrumentation content?
No, only content pertaining to the specialty certification.
What types of questions and how many will be included on the proficiency assessment?
The proficiency assessment may contain multiple-choice type, image identification, scenarios, hot-spots, and drag and drops type questions. There will be approximately 35-50 questions to answer.
I don't have experience with the many different item types? What should I do?
The items are self-explanatory and there will be a tutorial prior to you starting the assessment.
Will I need to go to a testing agency for this proficiency assessment?
No, you may take the proficiency assessment from your home or office. Requirements will include a computer, laptop, or tablet with a good internet connection.
I hold more than one specialty? Will I need to take a proficiency assessment for each specialty held?
Yes, you will be required to take a proficiency assessment in each specialty area you hold Active Status. For example, a Certificant who holds the RDMS (BR) (OB) and RDCS (AE) credentials will need to take the Breast (BR), Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB) and Adult Echocardiography (AE) proficiency assessment.
When will I know if I passed a Recertification Proficiency Assessment?
Immediately. Once you have completed the proficiency assessment, you will be receive an immediate score and a post-assessment report. To ensure that you receive the most out of this process, we will provide a list of optional directed learning opportunities, so you can continue to hone your skills and improve patient safety and care.
Will I receive CMEs for participating?
What about study materials?
Study materials will not be provided but you may use whatever books and notes you would like during the assessment. Content outlines for all specialty examinations are published at (http://www.ardms.org/get-certified/Pages/default.aspx). The same outlines used for the main specialty credentialing examinations will be used for the recertification proficiency assessments. You will receive suggestions for further learning after taking the self-evaluation survey and proficiency assessment(s). In addition, it is anticipated that sonography organizations and continuing medical education providers will develop study materials and resources in the year or two leading up to the first administration of the recertification examinations (2019).
How much is this going to cost?
There will be no charge for the first attempt. A fee will be implemented for the 2nd and 3rd attempts.
How long will I have to complete it? Is this a "timed" assessment?
12 hours start to finish. Yes.
What if I don't pass?
If you are not successful in passing during your first attempt, you will have two more opportunities to attempt the assessment. If you are unsuccessful after three attempts, the specialty will be rescinded and you would be required to apply, submit payment, and retake the examination if you wish to regain that specialty.
What is the self-evaluation survey?
The self-evaluation survey will allow you to rate yourself on interpersonal communication skills, patient safety, new technologies and advancements, and ergonomics. The survey is not scored however it will provide you with a snapshot of your current strengths and weaknesses.
Where can I find more information?
Refer to the ARDMS website at http://www.ardms.org/Maintain-Certification. You may also contact a Customer Care team member at 800-541-9754 ext. 1.