Credentialing Technologists for
over 50 Years

Recertification FAQs

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How early can I submit my recertification?

Recertifications will be accepted one year prior to your expiration date.

Why has the recertification fee been raised to $100 every 5 years?
In the 9 year history of recertifications this is the first time that this fee has ever been raised. ABRET strives to keep recertification requirements flexible in order to keep costs down. This increase breaks down to $20/year instead of $15.

Are Midpoint Recertifications still accepted?
If you have already submitted a Part I Midpoint prior to February 2015, you may complete the Part II Midpoint in the year your credential expires.
If you have not yet submitted a Part I Midpoint please wait until the year your credential expires to turn in all of your CEUs for recertification.

What if I miss my recertification deadline?
All credentials expire on December 31st of your expiration year. There is a one (1) month grace period until January 31st for an additional $100 fee ($200 total). After that, the credential will need to be earned again through the full examination process.

Can I recertfy online?
Yes. You must upload your continuing education through Credential Manager on the ABRET website.

Will you remind me to recertify?
You will receive emails through Credential Manager when your credential need to be renewed. Please make sure your account is up to date. It is your responsibility to know when your credential expires.

Do TCD (trans-cranial Doppler) courses count as continuing education for CNIM recertification?
If you received your credential before 2006-yes. After 2006 all CE must be directly related to the credential. General medical education will not be accepted.

As a teacher/private educator, do the courses I teach qualify for continuing education credits toward recertification?
END educators working for programs (college based or private) are not allowed to count their time teaching toward recertification, as it is considered their job and not a continuing education activity.

When must my continuing education documentation be turned in?
All recertifications must be postmarked by December 31 of the year the credential expires.

If I decide to retake the exam and do not pass, can I just send documentation of continuing education instead, as long as it is prior to the expiration date of my credential?
No, technologists who opt to retake the written exam rather than turning in the continuing education hours, and fail the exam, will not be able to fall back on continuing education hours to maintain their credential.

If I forgot to recertify before my credential expired, can I keep my same number when I retake & pass the exam?
Technologists who recertify by December 31st will retain their credential number and those whose credential has lapsed and later recertify will be issued a new number.

What type of continuing education is acceptable for credential renewal?
Continuing education credits from ASET are the most common, but other types of continuing education are also acceptable, as long as they are related to the credential. ABRET will be auditing recertification documentation. Therefore you are urged to maintain documentation of your attendance and course content of the programs you list on your ABRET CE form. Visit our Acceptable Continuing Education page for more information.

Is ABRET aware of the Continuing Education credits I have earned?
No. ASET does not submit the Continuing Education credit information directly to ABRET. You will need to request a transcript from ASET to submit for your recertification, or write the Continuing Education programs on the ABRET CE form. Feel free to attach the Continuing Education transcript to the form rather than copying the information.

How can I earn continuing education when my employer does not support these efforts?
It is not ABRET’s desire that you spend significant resources to earn your continuing education. It is ABRET’s goal that you continue to learn and keep current in your field. There are many options and ABRET will accept documented continuing education that is related to the credential, whether it is a professionally sponsored program or an organized in-house effort. Continued growth and learning are the anticipated results which will benefit you, your patients and your employer.