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In January 2016, ARDMS introduced a new umbrella organization (Inteleos™) and the new physician-centric certification community (The Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement – APCA). APCA and Inteleos now join the ARDMS in furthering its long-standing mission of raising the global standards of excellence in healthcare and patient safety. The new organizational structure also allows the ARDMS to recommit to solely serve Sonographers. Our Registrants will continue to count on the ARDMS for unparalleled credentialing opportunities, exceptional service and to champion the role and voice of sonographers around the world. To learn more about the new structure, please visit www.ARDMS.org/2016NewStructure.
ARDMS Credentials & Examinations:
ARDMS, the globally recognized standard of excellence in sonography, administers examinations and awards the following credentials:
- Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer® (RDMS®)
- Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer® (RDCS®)
- Registered Vascular Technologist® (RVT®)
- Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer® (RMSKS®)
The RDMS, RDCS, RVT and RMSKS credentials are obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible, and passing two examinations: (1) a Principles and Instrumentation examination; and (2) at least one corresponding specialty examination. Please review the ARDMS credentialing pathways chart for additional information.
SVT-GBI Certification & Examinations
The Accredited Vascular Scientist (AVS) certification is awarded by the Society for Vascular Technology of Great Britain and Ireland (SVT-GBI). In 2017, the ARDMS began assisting SVT-GBI with the examination development process and the online administrations of the (1) Physics, Haemodynamics & Instrumentation and (2) Vascular Technology theory examinations.
APCA Certifications & Examinations:
Recognizing physicians’enduring commitment to the highest quality of patient care through continual learning, APCA offers the following certifications:
- Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation® (RPVI®)
- Registered in Musculoskeletal® (RMSK®) sonography
- Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation in China (RPVI-China)
The RPVI certification is obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible, and passing the Physicians’ Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination. Visit www.APCA.org/PVI to learn more. The RMSK certification is obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible and passing the Musculoskeletal Sonography (MSK) examination. Visit www.APCA.org/MSK to learn more.
Applying For Your Examinations
To apply for an ARDMS examination, visit www.ARDMS.org. The ARDMS sends eligible applicants an Examination-Confirmation Letter within four weeks from receipt of the completed application. The letter indicates the approved examinations and the eligibility period in which to schedule the examinations.
Scheduling Your Examinations
Please use the Sign in button on this page to begin the process. You may also schedule your examination by calling 1-877-258-9220. Ineligible applicants are notified by ARDMS and a reason for the decision is provided.
Scheduled and rescheduled examinations will be confirmed by email. If you do not receive an email within 24 hours of the rescheduled appointment, please contact Pearson VUE on 877-258-9220.
The ARDMS administers examinations throughout the year in testing centers located in the US, Canada and select international sites. Please use the Locate a Test Center button on this page for additional information. Take a virtual tour of a test center.
A $50 USD fee* will be assessed to individuals taking ARDMS examinations at international testing centers (outside the US, Canada and Mexico). Additionally, all applicable Value Added Tax (VAT) fees will be charged at the current rate. The fee(s) will be charged at the time the examination is scheduled and is subject to change without notice. All international scheduling fees and associated VAT are non-refundable. If you cancel an existing appointment and schedule a new appointment the fee will be assessed again.
Not Applicable to SVT-Tech or SVT-Phy Candidates
Preparing for Your ARDMS Examinations
For information on how to prepare for your examination, please visit our Get Certified page to select the specialty of interest. Once on the specialty examination page, please click on the “Prepare” tab for more information.
Day of Your Test
Valid Signature IDs
At the test center, you must present a non-expired, government-issued, photo ID with your signature; see the accepted list of IDs here.
- The first and last name on the application must EXACTLY MATCH the first and last name on one current, valid signature ID.
- Failure to present one acceptable ID will prevent your admission to the test center. If this happens, you will be marked absent and you will forfeit the entire examination fee and seat.
If the names do not EXACTLY MATCH, do not schedule your appointment until you have contacted ARDMS and updated your ARDMS name of record.