Certification Requirements

Assessing Your Skills

Successful completion of the Comprehensive Certification Examination (CCE) will entitle the candidate to continue to the Validation of Competency Process (VCP). If the candidate fails the CCE, he/she must retake and successfully pass the examination prior to continuing to the VCP. Documentation and fees submitted for VCP will be returned unprocessed if the candidate has not passed the CCE.

The Validation of Competency Process (VCP) assesses the physician's demonstrated competency, activity, and level of skills to interpret and report complete diagnostic ultrasound examinations (either performed by a supervised ARDMS-certified sonographer or personally by the physician), and to perform and report ultrasonographically guided fine-needle aspiration (UGFNA) procedures.

Completing Online Application

1) Complete and sign the VCP Form

  • Section 1: Complete online application
  • Section 2: Complete CCE
  • Section 3: Complete VCP process

2) Important Information Regarding VCP PowerPoint® Presentation

  • Contains the fifteen (15) ultrasound cases with accompanying patient and cytology reports.

Images or reports submitted on paper will not be accepted and will be returned to the candidate ungraded.

3) Submit your VCP packet. You will be given the opportunity to upload your PowerPoint® presentation.

Important Information Regarding Reporting

All original reports must be scanned as they would appear in the patient records. Reports that have been cut and pasted and are not in their original format will be returned.

All images and reports, including cytology, must contain the original date(s) the examination or procedure was performed.

Refer to the current handbook for specific content criteria.

Important HIPAA Reminder

In accordance with HIPAA regulations, all patient identifying information must be removed from the images and/or patient and cytology reports, prior to submission to the AACE Office. Patient identifying information includes name, address, phone number, birth date, social security number, medical record number, etc. Images and reports with patient identifying information will not be accepted and will be returned to the candidate unprocessed.