Overall, a cardiovascular technian certification is voluntary. However, most states require licensing before you can work in this field. In many situation, employers will also require that you receive certification before extending a job offer. Besides state and employment requirements, professional credentials give you a competitive advantage even in a career field that is in high demand.
The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) administer licensure and credentials needed to work in the field of cardiovascular technology. You are eligible to be certified after meeting educational and/or work experience prerequisites, including completing an exam.
Types of Certifications for a Cardiovascular Technician
Each organization that administers licensing for this position has its own certification. ARDMS offers registered cardiac sonographer and registered vascular technologist certifications. With CCI, you can receive a registered cardiac sonographer, vascular specialist or cardiovascular invasive specialist certification. They also offer a certified cardiographic technician certification.
Generally, whatever program you specialize in during school determines which one to pursue. You may also want to write for more than one exam, which increases your marketability for jobs. Continue reading