EEG Exam Eligibility Requirements
ABRET has been focused on the competency and evaluation of technologists serving the neurology community, and patients, for over 45 years.
Electroencephalographic Written Examination
All Candidates must have a current CPR card or proof of hands-on CPR training. A copy of the CPR card will be required in the application process.
Technologists who were previously registered in EEG, and are taking the exam to reinstate a lapsed credential must meet all current eligibility requirements, and submit all required documentation.
All Candidates must read the CANDIDATE HANDBOOK. Acknowledgement of this will be required in the application process. WARNING: Failure to read the current Handbook for Candidates for your exam could result in an incomplete exam registration.
Candidate Handbooks for the 2014 testing sessions are available on the ABRET website as well as the Professional Testing Corporation website, www.ptcny.com. Click to view the FAQs regarding PTC
All Candidates will complete and submit an Application for the Registration Electroencephalographic Technology along with the required fee and documentation.
Credential Management is the new online application process for ABRET candidates. Candidates will manage their demographic information, login setup, select credentials they would like to obtain, upload files/documentation, complete required forms, submit application, and pay fees. Please see the Application Procedure section in the Handbook for Candidates for a step by step guide to completing your application. Here is a link to an instructional presentation of the ABRET Credential Manager system: http://aset-edu.org/file.php/1/ABRETCredentialManagerLowerTreble.mov
Applications received after the stated deadline will not be processed.
Part I: Fundamental Concepts
Part II: Application of Concepts/Pattern Recognition
Outlines for ABRET Part I EEG Exam and ABRET Part II EEG Exam
Formal END Programs
Current Approved Formal END Programs:
- Aga Khan University Hospital – Karachi, Pakistan
- Alpha Neuroscience Institute – Bloomfield Township, MI
- Indiana University Health Neurophysiology On the Job Training Program – Indianapolis, IN
- Texas Children’s Hospital Neurodiagnostic Program – Houston, TX
- University of New Mexico Hospitals EEG Technologists Training Program – Albuquerque, NM
If you are an Instructor/Program Director and are interested in petitioning your END program please complete the petition below and submit to the ABRET office.
Word – Petition for Program Recognition
PDF – Petition for Program Recognition
*CAAHEP – Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. For a list of programs, see the CAAHEP website or the ASET website.
FAQs for the EEG Examination Changes
Q: Why discontinue the oral EEG examination after 47 years?
A: ABRET has been discussing this option for many years. Expert opinion was sought. The timing was right and pieces fell into place in order to make this happen in a relatively short time period. The timetable for this change was finalized in Spring 2011, announced in Fall 2011 for implementation in 2013.
Q: Without an oral exam, will the exam be easier?
A: Not likely. ABRET is revising the item bank and item writers are working on new questions to cover the topics and skills tested during the oral examination.
Q: How will this change benefit the profession?
A: The new eligibility requirements are tied to minimal education and clinical practice. It streamlines the credentialing process and removes some of the barriers to credentialing, including cost and travel.
Q: I have already passed the EEG written exam. How does this affect me?
A: It does not affect you. You may continue on and complete the oral exam in 2012 to earn a 10-year R. EEG T. credential.
Q: Why do I need to take the new Part 1 if I have already passed the old Part 1 written EEG examination?
A: The R. EEG T. examination process has been revised. The former written EEG exam does not satisfy the requirements for the new process without the oral exam. Therefore, you will need to take the new Part 1 & Part 2 examinations to establish competency without going through the oral exam process. See the new examination outlines on the ABRET website.
Q: What is the cost of the new Part 1 and Part 2 examinations?
A: EEG Part I will be $350
EEG Part II will be $350
If you have already passed the EEG written examination and want to switch over to the new exam process by taking the new Part 1 and Part 2, you will be offered a one-time 25% discount on the new Part 1. Please note, you will essentially be ‘throwing out’ the written exam you passed.
Q: How long will the oral examination be offered?
A: The oral exam will continue to be offered up to 4 times a year as needed. Candidates passing the written exam have 5 years to complete the oral exam process.
Q: Why are there two exams?
A: This is a new design that will allow candidates to take one Fundamentals exam, then stack on credentials by passing a Part 2 in another neurodiagnostic area offered by ABRET. This is a model ABRET hopes to refine for the future. It also allows students to take the Part 1 before graduation and encourages additional experience before the Part 2 examination can be attempted.
Q: Where and how often will the exams be offered?
A: ABRET will continue to use the Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) as their testing service provider. At this time, PTC uses PSI (LaserGrade) computer testing sites to administer the ABRET examinations.
ABRET anticipates that all of the ABRET computer-based examinations will be offered at least 4 times each year.
Q: It seems like ABRET is stepping back from requiring an associate’s degree.
A: If you look at the eligibility matrix, the first two pathways are for persons entering the field. They require formal END education, with participation in a CAAHEP-accredited END program being the preferred route. ABRET has decided to value formal END education over an associate’s degree, but does not deny the value of a college degree in testing and professional growth.
The next two pathways (III & IV) are for persons already in the field. They both require some END education and experience. ABRET does not wish to deny the opportunity to be credentialed to persons who have been working in the field. However, some additional steps are required to become eligible. ABRET anticipates that Pathway IV will disappear at some point, as END education becomes more readily available and valued.
Q: Does the EEG experience for Pathways III & IV have to be counted starting in 2013 or may it include past experience? For example, I have been in the field for five years.
A: The experience may have been obtained prior to 2013.
Q: How do we demonstrate that we have completed the required number of EEGs?
A: A documentation form is available on the ABRET website.
Q: I have earned more than the required number of ASET-CEU credits. May I count them or do I need to start over in 2013 in order to earn the number required for eligibility?
A: ASET-CEU credits should have been earned within 5 years of the application deadline.
Q: When can we apply for the new 2013 examinations?
A: ABRET has launched a new Credential Management System to allow for online application processing. See the website for additional information and the benefits of this new system as we automate the entire credentialing cycle from application to recertification.
Q: How can I earn the required ASET- CEUs credits?
A: The ASET-CEU credit program is managed by ASET: The Neurodiagnostic Society, www.aset.org. ASET-CEU credits are offered through a variety of methods, including online. The ASET-CEU credits that will count toward EEG eligibility should be credits in EEG. Other educational programs, other than ASET, may offer ASET-CEU credits for their courses and meetings, i.e. state and regional society meetings, etc.
Q: What is a Formal non-accredited END program?
A: An outside committee has been charged with developing an application process for non-accredited structured programs who would like for their students/graduates to be eligible to take the examination. An application is available on the website.
Q: May we still petition our eligibility for the EEG examination?
A: Yes, the petition process now requires a that form be completed, along with supplemental documents. Forms and information is available on the ABRET website.