The Australian MRI Radiographer Accreditation Process
An Unofficial Guide
Participation in the initial Level 1 examination was high. Information about the process is reasonably well distributed to members of the AIR but non-members have not been so effectively reached. Hopefully this page can help that deficit..
I have been a strong supporter of peer accreditation for Australian
Radiographers performing MRI since the first serious forum on the concept
took place at a national MRI User's meeting in Warramang Victoria August
1995. My opinions on the creation and implementation method
are varied and should become apparent as the page develops. I believe
that all Radiographers performing MRI need to develop and evidence a level
of competence diligence and skill, and that these skills are important
and valuable. Whether the current accreditation process, and
the actions of the professional organizations and individuals pivotal in
MRI practice in Australia will effectively champion that position remains
to be seen.
This page is a collection of links, notes and observations on the process.
|The AIR MRI Study Guide is the official document describing the accreditation
process. You should begin by reading it thoroughly.
It contains the outline of the accreditation requirements, a syllabus,
sample exam questions, and suggested resources.
It can be viewed on line or downloaded as a printable pages.
|AIR MRI STUDY GUIDE ON-LINE||AIR MRI STUDY GUIDE PRINTABLE PAGES|
As a non-member, Level 1 accreditation will cost at least $165 and Level
2 accreditation would total $365. Becoming a member in 1999 will cost $368.
As a member the costs are $50 and $ 150 respectively. Maintaining your membership for 1999 will cost $268.
|Level 1 Exam Fee||$65||$25|
|Issue of Level 1 certification||$100||$25||Level 1 Accreditation is valid for 3 years, at which point you will be required to re-establish your level of scanning activity and pay a re-certification fee.|
|Level 2 certification||$200||$100||Level 2 Accreditation is valid for 3 years at which point you will be required to re-establish your professional activity and pay a re-certification fee.|
|$200||rebate||Radiographers who trained outside Australia require a "Statement of Accreditation". Contact the AIR General Secretary for full details|
|AIR Membership 1999||$ 268||$268|
(for new members)
In order to work in Ontario as an RT you must pass CAMRT exams(similar to ARRT I think), you must also belong to the CMRTO (College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario). The CMRTO is our self regulating body.
There is an MR specialty certificate exam that can be taken in order to obtain your RTMR, currently this is not a requirement of working in MR but there is a push for us to be regulated under the CMRTO which I assume would
In order to take the MR exam you must have taken an approved MR course ( about 15 months part time with about 3 months of clinical) or have at least one year of full time equivalent experience over the last 2 years. I believe in order to enroll in the course you must be an RT (nuclear medecine counts).
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