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How to Complete CQR for the ARRT®

Heard about CQR for the ARRT® but don’t know what it is? Need help figuring out if you need to do it? Check out our FAQs about the process!

Need help with your prescription? Call, email, or submit a contact form with your required CE and we can help you find courses to cover it!

  1. What is CQR?
  2. Do I have to do it?
  3. What do I do?
  4. How do I know when I have to do it?
  5. How much does it cost?
  6. Do I have to study for it?
  7. What’s on the SSA?
  8. How do I find courses for my prescription?
  9. What happens if I don’t do it or miss a deadline?
  10. I have other questions. Where do I go?


1. What is CQR?

CQR helps you stay current in knowledge and practice as a technologist. This is especially helpful, for instance, if you don’t routinely perform certain exams as part of your job. CQR helps you make sure you can still meet ARRT®’s basic standards for your role and responsibilities.

2. Do I have to do it?

If you were licensed or got a postprimary in or after 2011 (or are an R.R.A®), you must complete the CQR process. If you have a postprimary, you also must complete CQR for each postprimary you got after 2011. For example:

  • If you became an R.T.(R)® in 2012, then got your CT postprimary in 2013, you have to complete the CQR process for both radiography and CT.
  • If you became an R.T.(R)® in 2010, then got your CT postprimary in 2011, you have to complete the CQR process only for CT.
  • If you became an R.T.(R)® in 2011, you have to complete the CQR process for radiography.


3. What do I do?

The CQR process has two main parts:

  • Professional Profile – this asks how often you perform certain duties in the past two years and compares them with duties that entry-level technologists do in the same discipline as well as duties that other technologists perform. The profile also offers voluntary clinical refresher activities.
  • Structured Self-Assessment (SSA) – this is designed to determine what your strengths and weaknesses are. The assessment compares what you know against what the ARRT® thinks is necessary to “master and maintain” in a specific discipline.

You can complete both either at home or by going to a Pearson VUE testing location. To start the process, you’ll log into your account at arrt.org, then clicking on the CQR link on your dashboard.

4. How do I know when I have to do it?

  • Log into your account at arrt.org. If you are subject to CQR, your dashboard will display your overall 10-year CQR period and your 3-year compliance period.
  • You can complete your Professional Profile and SSA anytime within the 3-year compliance period. The earlier you do it, the better!
  • If you have to do CQR for multiple modalities, your overall CQR periods and compliance periods may be different for each modality.


5. How much does it cost?
Completing the professional profile and the SSA online does not cost anything. If you choose to take the profile and SSA at a testing location, you may have to pay a fee to Pearson VUE.
You might have to get targeted or specific CE credits, but you can also use these credits for your biennium renewal and state license, so it doesn’t have to cost any more than your usual CE normally would.

6. Do I have to study for it?
It’s not a test, but an assessment designed to evaluate what you know and what you can do. You may find it helpful to review what is on the SSA before you start (see below). If your results show that you need more knowledge in an area, your CE prescription will reflect that.

7. What’s on the SSA?
You can find the content specification outline for the SSA for your modality here.

8. How do I find courses for my prescription?
Of course, we’d be more than happy to help! We like to make it easy for you, especially if you need CE in more than one category. If you haven’t already, go through the process and take the SSA to get your prescription. Then, just give us your prescription and we’ll take care of the rest.

If you’d rather look on your own, the ARRT® maintains a list of activities that apply to the categories that you might need credits in. This list is available once you receive your prescription.

Don’t forget, any credits you need for CQR can also count for your usual CE biennium!

9. What happens if I don’t do it or miss a deadline?
Unfortunately, if you do not complete the process or the required CE by your deadline, you will lose your certification for that primary or postprimary area (as well as any postprimaries that rely on that primary certification). You will have to complete the CQR process, including reporting CE, and follow reinstatement processes within the year following the deadline to keep your license/certifications.

10. I have other questions. Where do I go?
You can contact the ARRT® via phone at 651-667-0048 (select the option for renewal, reinstatement, or continuing education). You can also log into your account and send them a message through the message center.