Registered Vascular Technologist® (RVT®)

The RVT certification, offered by APCA’s companion council ARDMS, raises the standard of vascular ultrasound practice worldwide and promotes best practices for enhanced patient safety. The RVT certification is designed to certify medical professionals in the vascular ultrasound field. By earning the RVT certification, healthcare professionals gain a critical edge in promoting public safety in vascular ultrasound.

As a physician, you are eligible to earn many of the certifications offered by the ARDMS. ARDMS manages the RVT certification and its associated sonographer-level specialty examinations (listed below). As a physician, you may apply, prepare for, schedule and maintain both your APCA and ARDMS certifications through APCA and MY APCA.

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.

By January 1, 2017, all technical staff members must obtain a certification in vascular testing (i.e. –APCA Certificants working in an IAC accredited vascular lab will need to obtain the RVT certification) in order for the lab to earn and/or keep their IAC vascular laboratory accreditation. To view the full announcement, please click here .

Click here to learn more about the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI), a vascular interpretation certification exclusively for physicians.

RVT Prerequisites
To obtain the RVT certification, you must meet the examination prerequisites and pass the Vascular Technology (VT) specialty examination and the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination within five years:

Specialty Examination:


Physics Examination: