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  1. When do I start collecting credits?
    As soon as you become certified. The mandatory Continuing Education Policy, which began on January 1, 2006, mandates that the certificant's first CE cycle begins the month that the certificant first passes the entry-level examination.
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  2. How many credits do I need to obtain?
    The general rule of thumb is "1 credit per month." Your odd or even-year CE cycle is based on the year that you passed your first NMTCB exam. Your NMTCB certification card will have your original certification date on it to remind you of your certification year. Normally, the CE cycle is 24 months, requiring a total of 24 hours of continuing education. There is one exception, however. NEWLY certified technologists may become certified part way through a CE cycle and will only be required to obtain continuing education based on the actual number of months in their first cycle. (From their certification date until the day before their birth month.)
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  3. Can I change my NMTCB CE reporting cycle to match my continuing education cycle with another organization?
    Yes, each Certificant will be given a "ONE-TIME" option to change his or her CE cycle. All certificants for whom the NMTCB has a birth date on file have a CE Cycle that ends on the last day of the month immediately prior to the certificant's birth month. If the NMTCB does not have a certificant's birth month on record (generally this includes certificants who have held certification for 15 years or more), the certificant was assigned a December birth month. Please make sure the NMTCB has your correct birthdate.

    Click on NMTCB CE Cycle Change Request Form to change your CE cycle.

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  4. Once I change my reporting cycle, do I have the option at a later date to change again?
    When a Certificant selects the option to change his/her CE reporting cycle, the change will be noted in the Certificant's file. After changing his/her reporting cycle, if the Certificant wants to make another change, the request will be denied.
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  5. Do I report my CE hours on a form or do I only report my CE hours if I am audited?
    Everyone will answer a question and sign his/her name regarding their compliance with the CE policy on the yearly certification renewals. A certificant who checks that he/she will not meet the CE requirements by the date specified will be automatically audited and will not receive a card. Certificants will also be randomly chosen for an audit of their CE records. Only audited individuals will be required to provide documentation of the CE activities for the previous two years within 60 days of the postmark on the letter from the NMTCB.
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  6. Will the NMTCB accept a copy of my VOICE transcript from the SNM or my ECE report from the ASRT?
    Yes, if you are audited, NMTCB will accept a copy of your VOICE transcript from the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and/or a copy of your ECE report from the ASRT. You may also submit CE transcripts from the states that are included on the list of organizations that meet the NMTCB's criteria for awarding continuing education credits.

    The NMTCB and the SNMTS have jointly developed a VOICE credit sharing program. Members of the SNMTS may sign up for this on the SNM website at www.snm.org. If you sign up for this program and are selected for a CE audit, the NMTCB will first check your VOICE credit history with the SNM. If, according to their records, you have met the CE requirement, you will not be required to respond to the audit. If we are unable to verify that you have fully met the CE requirement through the VOICE program, you will only be asked to document the CE hours you obtained outside of the VOICE program.

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  7. I am taking the ARRT MRI exam as a post primary certification. Does this count as 24 CEs for my NMTCB?
    Successfully passing the ARRT Post Primary MRI exam will be recognized as the equivalent of 24 hours of continuing education effective on the date of the examination.
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  8. I attended a CE program approved by the American Nursing Association. May I use that toward my CE requirements?
    No! If CE is approved by a nursing association but is not approved by any of the organizations listed in our CE Policy, that CE WILL NOT count toward your CE requirement. All CE must be approved by one of the organizations listed in our CE Policy. If it is not approved by one of them, it will not be accepted.
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  9. If I have let my certification lapse, what is the process I must follow to reinstate my certification?
    A certificant who has not been active for less than five years may reactivate by completing both of the following requirements:

    • Paying back dues up to a total of no more than the current examination fee, plus a $65 reactivation fee, AND
    • Documentation of completion of 12 continuing education credits for each year he/she was not active.

    A certificant who has not been active for five years or more must meet the current eligibility requirements and must pass the entry-level examination in order to reactivate. This shall be considered the equivalent of two years of continuing education, after which the certificant shall re-enter the two-year continuing education cycle.

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  10. What steps are involved in meeting the NMTCB's criteria to become an approved source for continuing credit for nuclear techs?
    In order to become an approved source for continuing education, the requesting organization must submit a policy for the approval of continuing education that ensures that all of the following conditions are met:

    1. Each activity is presented by qualified individuals who have specific expertise in the subject matter.
    2. The subject matter is related to radiologic health sciences, education, patient care, business/management or related technology.
    3. There is a documented identifiable need for the specific activity.
    4. The exclusion of the following activities from being awarded continuing education credit:
      1. Attendance at routine department or staff meetings.
      2. Poster sessions and viewing exhibits.
      3. Elected office or committee meetings.
      4. Attendance at bowl competitions.
      5. Question and answer sessions.
      6. Informal case discussions/presentations
    5. There are documented objectives that must have been met by the activity.
    6. There is documented evidence that each participant for whom credit is granted attended at least 80% of the activity.
    7. There is documented evidence by each participant that the activity did meet the stated objectives.
    8. Some type of documentation of participation is given to each qualified participant for their records and to demonstrate their participation to the NMTCB.
    9. Records of the activity, including all of the documentation listed above, are kept for at least three years should there be questions about the activity.


    In addition, the organization must also submit a letter stating the organization's interest in becoming an approved CE granting organization for the NMTCB, the mission of the organization seeking recognition to approve CE activities and a listing of any medical education group that accredits this organization (i.e., ACCME).

    Once this information is received, it will be presented to the Credentials Committee at their next regularly scheduled meeting for consideration. They will either grant approval rights, deny approval rights, or ask for revisions and/or proof of policy compliance.

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  11. I am a new graduate, when will I begin acquiring my CEHs?
    As soon as you become certified. The mandatory Continuing Education Policy, which began on January 1, 2006, mandates that the certificant's first CE cycle begins the month that the certificant first passes the entry-level examination. After the first pro rated CE cycle, the new certificant will be required to obtain 24 CEH for each two-year (24 month) CE cycle.
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  12. Will the NMTCB accept the same credits as other credentialing agencies within the field of allied health?
    Please refer to the official NMTCB Continuing Education Policy to see what will be accepted for your CE requirement. The NMTCB will only accept continuing education credits approved by one or more of the organizations listed in the Continuing Education Policy.
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  13. What is the procedure if I am audited and do not have the required amount of CEHs?
    If a certificant is audited and fails to provide documentation and/or does not meet the CE requirements, he/she will be placed on six months probation, and will be required to complete the deficient CE hours for the audited cycle by the end of the probation period. If the certificant fails to meet all CE requirements by the end of the six-month probationary period, his/her certification will be suspended. If, after six months of suspension, the certificant fails to meet all CE requirements, he/she will have certification revoked. The CE credits obtained during the probation/suspension period will not be counted towards the 24 CE hours that are required for the subsequent two-year cycle. Please see the full CE Policy for the definition of revoked.
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