The NMTCB(RS) credential is a post-primary exam designed to assess a technologist's expertise in RAM and CT radiation safety issues, while also verifying their competency in Fluoroscopy, X-ray, and MRI safety matters.
A candidate for examination must show documented evidence of the following:
1. Active NMTCB, ARRT, or CAMRT nuclear medicine certification.
2. A minimum of two years clinical experience post nuclear certification.
3. Documented experience performing tasks directly associated with radiation safety over a minimum of 1 calendar year. Applicant must provide a letter of attestation from a supervisor or RSO regarding this experience. *This requirement will be assumed to have been met if the candidate can display they are currently on or has been on a RAM license in the past 7 years.
NMTCB does not intend for this credential to fulfill all the required criteria to be recognized by the NRC as a Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). This credential is meant to attest that a technologist has gained the relevant knowledge needed to assist in the performance of the duties of the institutional RSO.
The examination processing fee is $180.00 USD.
Passing the NMTCB(RS) Examination entitles you to certain privileges and obligates you to fulfill certain responsibilities. These are summarized below:
PRIVILEGES OF CERTIFICATION
CERTIFICATE: The most immediate benefit of certification is your certificate which will be mailed to you in approximately four (4) - six (6) weeks after successful completion of the examination.
CREDENTIALS: Upon certification, you will also be granted the right to use the credential "NMTCB(RS)" after your name.
ANNUAL CERTIFICATION CARD: A personalized pocket-size annual certification card will be mailed to you after you receive your examination results. Most certificants carry the card with them. The certification card is a convenient method to provide your employer, governmental agencies and others with documentation that you are certified and registered in NMTCB(RS). An updated certification card will be mailed to you annually upon payment of the annual registration fees.
DIRECTORY LISTING: The names of all currently registered NMTCB(RS) technologists are listed in the "NMTCB Directory of Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologists", on the NMTCB website. The directory is made available only to other NMTCB, NMTCB(CT), NMTCB(RS), NCT, PET, and NMAA certificants.
NMTCB NEWSLETTER: The NMTCB NEWS, published semi-annually, is provided to all certificants of nuclear medicine technology, CT, radiation safety, nuclear cardiology technology, and PET. NMTCB NEWS covers topics of concern to certified technologists, trends in NMT education, developments in health care, nationwide salary comparisons, and other professional information.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF CERTIFICATION
ANNUAL REGISTRATION: Perhaps the greatest responsibility of certification is annual registration. Once you are certified by the NMTCB, you remain certified and certification cannot be revoked without due process. It is necessary for you to register your certification annually with the NMTCB. Your annual registration fee pays for the privileges you enjoy as an NMTCB Certificant. More importantly, your annual registration fee supports the certification process for nuclear medicine professionals, thereby enhancing the profession of nuclear medicine technology.
Responsibilities of NMTCB(RS) certificants include maintaining an active nuclear medicine certification/registration in order to complete the yearly renewal of your NMTCB(RS) certification. You will be allowed to renew your NMTCB(RS) certification only if you maintain active nuclear medicine certification/registration.
The NMTCB(RS) Certification is valid for 10 years. In order to recertify at the end of 10 years, the NMTCB(RS) certificant must show:
Successful completion of the NMTCB(RS) specialty exam will be recognized by the NMTCB as the equivalent of 24 hours of CE.
For more information please visit: http://www.nmtcb.org/specialty/radiation-safety-certification-exam.php