Update: May 2021
As APCA continues to explore alternative options for maintenance of certification (MOC)/recertification, please note:
- The APCA recertification program for the RPVI and RMSK certifications remains paused as of January 2020.
- The current recertification requirements to maintain the CBNC and CBCCT certifications, which are valid for 10 years, remain in place.
- The CBCMR certification is currently valid for 10 years; there is no recertification examination available.
- The ABVM Vascular Medicine and ABVM Endovascular Medicine certifications are currently valid for 10 years. The original MOC requirement (take and pass the appropriate 10-year recertification examination) is currently on hold and recertification examinations are not available. *
APCA is committed to the global standards of physician excellence in patient care and is actively evaluating continued competence models.
Update: January 2020
The APCA recertification program for the RPVI and RMSK certifications remains paused as of January 2020. The current recertification requirements to maintain the CBNC, CBCCT and CBCMR certifications will remain in place while alternative options are explored. Ongoing work continues as we carefully consider all aspects of the program, keeping in mind the various demands of APCA Certificants.
The ARDMS and APCA recertification programs for the RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RMSKS, RPVI and RMSK certifications have been put on hold until further notice**. The maintenance of certification components that include the CME attainment/audit, annual attestation of good standing and renewal fee are still required to uphold the RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RMSKS, RPVI and RMSK certifications.
The initial discussions and planning for the recertification program began in 2002. Since that time, the program has gone through several iterations and garnered extensive feedback from the sonographer and physician communities. The volunteer peer-leaders of ARDMS and APCA have determined that the current recertification program design, and even the term “recertification,” does not adequately meet the needs and expectations of our Registrants and Certificants and therefore the program has been put on hold until further notice. We are committed to taking the time to further study best practices and develop a program that revalidates current-day knowledge and proficiencies and that sustains the value of the certifications and our shared commitment to quality care.
Our promise is to keep our community well informed as the volunteer-led task force, governance Councils and Board of Directors investigate new program models that will endure as ARDMS and APCA continue to grow and evolve.
*For ABVM Vascular Medicine and ABVM Endovascular Medicine certifications that were set to expire in 2019, 2020 or 2021 (transition years), the expiration date has been extended until 12/31/2022. This allows those certification(s) to remain active as APCA explores alternative options for MOC/recertification.
**The current recertification requirements to maintain the CBNC and CBCCT certifications will remain in place while alternative options are explored.