The End of Lifetime Credentials


The American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) awarded lifetime EEG and EP credentials between 1964-1998, with a few issued later based on the date of success on the written examination. In 2017 ABRET, now ABRET Neurodiagnostic Credentialing and Accreditation announced the transition of all credentials to time-limited credentials requiring renewal every five years. This transition took place in January 2019.

Technologists previously holding lifetime credentials are given a six-year timeframe in which to earn continuing education hours needed for their first renewal in 2023. By December 31, 2023, 30 hours of continuing education related to your credential, earned between August 1, 2017 and December 31, 2023, will be due to the ABRET Executive Office, along with the current recertification fee. Candidates completing the recertification process will be issued a new certificate with their original issue date and credential number, and a new expiration date of December 31, 2028.

It is now increasingly important to have the ABRET credentialing programs accredited by a third party to protect the integrity of the credentials and to maintain the recognition we all need in the healthcare industry. Lifetime credentials are no longer acceptable. The CNIM and CLTM credentials have already earned accreditation. The same validation and protection are needed for the other ABRET credentials, and work is being done toward that goal.

There are a number of ways these changes will have an impact on the profession of Neurodiagnostics.

Ÿ All ABRET-credentialed technologists will be required to provide documentation that they are keeping current in the field in which they are credentialed. This requirement will benefit patients and the neurology community. Everyone will have set expectations for maintaining their credentials, not just technologists credentialed after a certain date.

Ÿ Professional accreditation of the credentialing programs will have an impact on state statutes and licensure acts, which ASET has set as a goal for all states.

Ÿ As we grow globally, accreditation of the credentialing programs will make it easier for our colleagues outside the U.S. to earn credentials.

The Recertification Handbook on ABRET’s website will help you through the process. You may also contact the office directly for assistance, and to update your contact information. Retiring credential holders may be interested in Emeritus status. See the website or Recertification Handbook for details.

ABRET is committed to supporting the value and the recognition of your credentials, worldwide.

This article was written by Janice Walbert, MS, CAE, R. EEG/EP T., FASET, FACNS, Executive Director of ABRET.

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