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APCA Examination Testing

APCA Examination Testing

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The Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement™ (APCA™) exclusively serves the physician community and supports its enduring commitment to continual learning and providing high-quality and compassionate patient care through certification.

The Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement (APCA) is the companion alliance to the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®). In 2015, the ARDMS announced plans to expand the organizational structure and governance model to better meet the needs of diverse healthcare professionals around the world. In January 2016, ARDMS introduced a new umbrella organization (Inteleos™) and the new physician-centric certification community, The Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement, (APCA). APCA and Inteleos now join the ARDMS in furthering its long-standing mission of raising the global standards of excellence in healthcare and patient safety. To learn more about the new structure, please visit

APCA Certifications & Examinations:

Recognizing physicians’ enduring commitment to the highest quality of patient care through continual learning, APCA offers the following certifications:

The RPVI certification is obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible, and passing the Physicians’ Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination.

The RMSK certification is obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible, and passing the Musculoskeletal sonography (MSK) examination.

CBCCT certification is obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible and passing the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (CBCCT) examination.

CBCMR certification is obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible and passing the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CBCMR) examination.

CBNC certification is obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible and passing the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology (CBNC) examination.

Sonographer-Level Certifications & Examinations

ARDMS, the globally recognized standard of excellence in sonography, administers examinations and awards the following credentials:

The RDMS, RDCS,and RVT certifications are obtained by applying for, being deemed eligible and passing two examinations: (1) a Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination; and (2) at least one corresponding specialty examination. Please review the ARDMS certification pathways chart for additional information.

Applying For Your Examinations

To apply for an APCA examination, visit The APCA sends eligible applicants an Examination Confirmation Letter within four weeks from receipt of the completed application. The letter indicates the approved examinations and the eligibility period in which to schedule the examinations.

Scheduling Your Examinations

Important information
ARDMS recently formed the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement (APCA) to meet the exclusive needs of physicians. If you already have a Pearson VUE account established under ARDMS, you do not need to create a new APCA Pearson VUE account. Please use the log-in information you previously created information.

Please use the Sign in button on this page to begin the process. You may also schedule your examination by calling 877-258-9220. Ineligible applicants are notified by the APCA and a reason for the decision is provided.

Scheduled and rescheduled examinations will be confirmed by email. If you do not receive an email within 24 hours of the rescheduled appointment, please contact Pearson VUE on 877-258-9220.

APCA administers examinations throughout the year in testing centers located in the US, Canada and select international sites. Please use the Locate a Test Center button on this page for additional information. Take a virtual tour of a test center.

A $50 USD fee* will be assessed to individuals taking ARDMS examinations at international testing centers (outside the US, Canada and Mexico). Additionally, all applicable Value Added Tax (VAT) fees will be charged at the current rate. The fee(s) will be charged at the time the examination is scheduled and is subject to change without notice. All international scheduling fees and associated VAT are non-refundable. If you cancel an existing appointment and schedule a new appointment the fee will be assessed again.

* Not Applicable to SVT-Tech or SVT-Phy Candidates

Day of Your Test

Valid Signature IDs
At the test center, you must present a non-expired, government-issued, photo ID with your signature; see the accepted list of IDs here.

  • The first and last name on the application must EXACTLY MATCH the first and last name on one current, valid signature ID.
  • Failure to present one acceptable ID will prevent your admission to the test center. If this happens, you will be marked absent and you will forfeit the entire examination fee and seat.

If the names do not EXACTLY MATCH, do not schedule your appointment until you have contacted APCA and updated your APCA name of record.

Preparing for Your Examination

For information on how to prepare for your examination, please visit the APCA Certification & Examination page to select the specialty of interest. Once on the specialty examination page, please click on the “Prepare” tab for more information.

Last updated 2020-04-23