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Structured Education / CQR

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Structured Education:  Structured education is a vital component of certification and registration using the postprimary pathway. Its purpose is to help you master the discipline-specific knowledge you’ll need to obtain your credential.

When pursuing a credential using the postprimary pathway, you must complete 16 hours of structured education. Currently, these education credits must pertain only to the discipline you’re pursuing. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, however, your structured education will have to have both:

  • Reflect the Examination Content Specifications for the discipline you’re pursuing 
  • Include at least one credit from each of the document’s major content categories

Structured education activities must meet the same criteria as those that comply with your biennial CE requirements. In other words, a RCEEM or RCEEM+ must approve the activity, and/or the activity must be an academic course from an institution accredited by an ARRT-recognized agency. You’ll need to complete your structured education requirements within the 24 months before you submit your postprimary application.

After you finish each activity, you'll log in to your ARRT account and use our postprimary tool to document your structured education. We typically review and approve submissions within two business days. Occasionally, additional time is necessary.

Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQR):  The purpose of continuing qualifications requirements (CQR) is to assist technologists in documenting their continued qualifications in the disciplines of certification and registration held. To accomplish this purpose the continuing qualifications requirements are presented in three parts: the professional profile, the structured self assessment (SSA) and continuing education (CE).

As health care technology evolves, and patients demand increased accountability from providers, many credentialing agencies—including ARRT—have created long-term requirements for maintaining credentials. All R.R.A.s, and R.T.s who’ve earned their credentials on or after Jan.1, 2011, must complete ARRT’s Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQR) every 10 years. CQR helps identify gaps in knowledge and skills that might cause you to fall behind today’s entry-level qualifications. It then develops a plan for refreshing your understanding and abilities. If you’d like to learn more, visit the ARRT video library to watch the CQR video.

The Structured Self Assessment Content Specifications are provided to assist technologists during their CQR compliance period. Its purpose is to prepare technologists for the SSA and to help education providers develop coursework for the technologists who need to address specified areas with targeted continuing education. Targeted CE is assigned only if a standard is not met in a category on the SSA.

For more complete information please click here to visit our FAQ page.  You can also visit the ARRT website to read more about your postprimary pathway. If you would like to read the ASRT Post-primary handbook, click here.