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Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is an opportunity developed by the ISCD to streamline the requirements of recertification, tracking continuing education credits earned toward renewal and providing online education programs to meet the continuing education requirements of recertification. MOC is now a benefit for ISCD Members and requires no additional fees, but also is available to non-members who choose to enroll annually in the MOC program. Staying current with the MOC program will eliminate the certification renewal fee required when your certification expires.
On your next renewal, you will complete a recertification application and submit with payment (fees vary depending on member/non-member status and type of certification). Once approved, your recertification period will be for 5 years. If you maintain your membership or MOC annually and earn the 35 hours of continuing education required over 5 years there would be no additional fee to maintain your certification and it would automatically renew for another 5 year period.
Once you pass the certification exam, you will be certified for a period of five (5) years and enrolled in the MOC program for one year at no cost. The MOC Program is a yearly renewal fee and DOES NOT include ISCD Member benefits.
You will automatically be enrolled in the MOC program if you:
  1. Pass the Certification Exam
  2. Maintain your MOC or membership and turn in your 35 credits prior to your expiration.
The MOC yearly program fee is included in your ISCD Membership fees. If you are not interested in becoming an ISCD Member, the cost for MOC is $85 for Technologists and $125 for Clinicians annually.
No. After your next recertification period, ISCD's MOC program will require you to maintain your ISCD Membership or the MOC annual renewal throughout your 5 year certification period. You will also need to have obtained 35 credits over those 5 years. Once you reach the required 35 credits, you will be renewed on or before your expiration. Upon review and completion of these requirements, a NEW and UPDATED certification certificate will be mailed to you at your primary mailing address that we have on file for you.
You will get notifications by mail or email every year to remind you to renew and provide the number of credits you have acquired. You can also view your accumulated credits on your "My Profile Page". It is the responsibility of the Certified Individual to maintain a current mailing address and email address with ISCD in order to receive your certification reminders.
You can submit credits at any time during your certification through “My Profile Page”. Your accepted credits will be displayed on “My Profile Page”.
You will need to sit for the certification exam to renew your certification.
You will need to sit for the certification exam to renew your certification.
Yes. If you choose NOT to maintain your MOC or acquire 35 credits, you can Recertify by Exam. $625 - CCD Recertify by Exam $425 - CBDT Recertify by Exam
NO. Maintenance of Certification only pertains to CBDT and CCD certified individuals. Those who are CDT certified will continue to recertify by application and 35 credits every 5 years.
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CCD

Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD™®) accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), is a professional designation awarded to individuals who meet specified knowledge requirements measured through a standardized testing process for the interpretation of bone densitometry (offered in the U.S. and internationally).
Certification is open to clinicians who interpret bone densitometry examinations and includes: physicians, certified nurse practitioners, certified physician assistants, fellows, residents and PhD’s.
Clinicians must pass the ISCD Clinician Certification Exam to become certified as a Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD™®). The exam is closed-book and consists of 100 multiple-choice questions.
You can register to re-take the exam. To re-exam please complete the re-exam application. This application may ONLY be used if you are applying for re-examination because you did NOT pass the examination and you are applying to sit for the exam within one year from the original failed exam date.
The CCD™® certification is valid for five (5) years.
You can submit a completed recertification application together with the required documentation and appropriate fee or retake the CCD™® exam. (For detailed guidelines, visit the Recertification” section)

CBDT

Certified Bone Densitometry Technologist (CBDT™®) is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), professional certification in the field of bone densitometry for technologists who perform bone densitometry scans.
Any technologist who performs human bone densitometry scans and meets the eligibility requirements as specified in the CBDT™ Handbook
Technologist must pass the ISCD Technologist Certification Exam to become certified as a Certified Bone Densitometrist Technologist (CBDT™®).
Candidates will have three hours to complete the computer-based examination with 15 minutes of instruction and 15 minutes of wrap-up after the exam, making the total test period three and one-half hours. The ISCD CBDT™® examination has 125 multiple choice questions based on 5 Content Outline domains. Additional information regarding the content and administration of the exam is available in the CBDT™® Handbook.
You can register to re-take the exam at another scheduled test window. To re-exam please complete the re-exam form. This application may ONLY be used if you are applying for re-examination because you did NOT pass the examination and you are applying to sit for the exam within one year from the original failed exam date.
The CBDT™® certification is valid for three (3) years. Your recertification period will be begin the first January after the year in which the CBDT™ designation is awarded. The certificant will have until January 1, three (3) years later to complete the recertification requirements.
    If you initially certify or recertify after January 1, 2015, your certification is valid for five (5) years. After which you will follow the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) guidelines to maintain your certification. See More information about Maintenance of Certification (MOC) here http://www.iscd.org/certification/maintenance-certification/
    You can submit a completed recertification application together with the required documentation and appropriate fee or retake the CBDT™® exam. (For detailed guidelines, visit the Recertification” section)
    If you initially certify or recertify after January 1, 2015 you will follow the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) guidelines to maintain your certification. See More information about Maintenance of Certification (MOC) here http://www.iscd.org/certification/maintenance-certification/

    CDT

    Certified Densitometry Technologists CDT™® is a professional designation previously awarded to individuals, practicing outside of the US, who meet specified knowledge requirements measured through a standardized testing process in bone densitometry for performing central DXAs. Internationally this is a renewable five-year (5) certification to those who have already earned the designation. The CDT™® is no longer recognized in the US.
    Internationally CDT® certificates will remain valid until its expiration date. You may choose to recertify by application prior to your certification expiration date, or you can apply to sit for the advanced CBDT™ exam.
    The Certified Densitometry Technologists (CDT™®) exam is no longer offered as part of the course or as a paper and pencil exam as of 12/31/2012. The CDT certification has been replaced by the CBDT™® (Certified Bone Density Technologist) certification. Individuals desiring ISCD certification will have the option to take the CBDT™® (Certified Bone Density Technologist) exam at a PSI Test Center.
    No. Your CDT® credentials will be replaced once you are awarded the professional CBDT™ designation.
    Yes. The only way to receive the CBDT™ credential is to take and pass the CBDT™ certification examination.
    You will be able to recertify as a CDT® by submitting a completed recertification application, together with the required documentation and appropriate fee, prior to your certification expiration date. If your international CDT™® should lapse, you will be required to take the CBDT™® exam as the CDT™® exam is no longer offered.

    OVERALL

    The ISCD Study Guide for Clinicians and Technologists as well as other reference materials are available for purchase in the Test Study Materials. The Content Outline and References used for the Clinician and Technologist certification examination are listed in the respective Information Sheets.
    A candidate may sit for the exam up to three times within one year from the original failed exam date. Thereafter, if they are still unsuccessful in passing the exam, the candidate must show documentation of an additional 12 hours of CME Category 1 or Category A CE Credits in the field of bone densitometry, osteoporosis or metabolic bone disease.
    transfer request form must be completed and returned to ISCD with payment information, to transfer from one test window to the next testing window. You may cancel or reschedule an examination appointment within the same window if your cancellation notice is received 2 days before the scheduled examination by 4pm. *Note: A voice mail message is not an acceptable form of cancellation. Please use the telephone system and speak to a Customer Service Representative 1-800-733-9267, or you may go online www.psiexams.com to cancel.
    • Cancellation fee is $75.00
    • Transfer to the next calendar year fee is $25.00.
      • No Show’s for scheduled exams will not be refunded or transferrable. The examinee will have to submit a new application to sit for the exam.
      *TRANSFERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED MORE THAN ONE YEAR FROM ORIGINAL TEST DATE
    1. You will receive notice within 5 business days that the ISCD is in receipt of your application.
      • If you have provided adequate information and payment you will receive a receipt of payment and an confirmation email.
      • If we are unable to process your application we will attempt to contact you. Your application will be sent back unprocessed if we are unable to reach you or we are unable to receive appropriate information in a timely manner.
    2. The ISCD will send you an email with your eligibility number, PSI will send you an email from support@psionline to set up your appointment.
    3. You must contact PSI to setup your exam date and time once you receive your email from PSI.
    The certification exam is offered throughout the year at PSI Testing Centers.
    PSI has over 60 years of experience with providing solutions to corporations, professional associations and government regulatory agencies. PSI provides computer based testing sites in locations across the globe allowing the greatest access possible to take the ISCD examination.
    Information on how to register at a PSI test center will be included with your letter of acceptance to sit for the examination. The ISCD will send you an email with your eligibility number and PSI contact information. You will receive an email from support@psionline to schedule your exam.
       To find a location in your area click https://candidate.psiexams.com/testdate/testdate.jsp
    For International Exams: http://media.psiexams.com/doc/international.pdf
    A certificate reprint request form must be completed and returned to ISCD with payment information.
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    Last modified: October 22, 2014