CRES Study Guide

The Certification for Radiology Equipment Specialists (CRES) offered by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) qualifies successful candidates as Certified Radiology Equipment Specialists. A Radiology Equipment Specialist operates radiology equipment in a hospital or clinic setting.

Those who wish to sit for the CRES Exam must meet eligibility requirements set by the AAMI.

* Candidates will need an associate’s degree in medical laboratory technology plus three years of full time radiology equipment work experience OR
* A Bachelor’s degree in the same with two years of radiology equipment work experience.
The CRES exam fee runs $295 for all applicants. Those applying as a group may see rates as low as $250. The fee must be paid at the time of applying for the credential. The CRES exam lasts for four hours total. Candidates will arrive for the exam prior to 9am and have to be finished by 1pm.

The CRES exam consists of five key topic areas. The test will have 150 multiple choice questions revolving around the content areas. Candidates should be prepared to answer questions about radiology medical equipment and functions, troubleshooting the equipment, working with electricity and solid state drives, public safety, and anatomy.

The CRES exam is administered at computer-based testing centers located nationwide. Candidates will be able to choose a convenient location nearest them at the time of registering for the exam. On the exam day, candidates should arrive with their confirmation letter and two forms of photo identification.

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