CARDUP, your Canadian diagnostic ultrasound registry body is working for you, as a Canadian ultrasound professional, in the creation of registry exams that help to ensure entry-level competencies that meet Canadian standards.
Prior to the development of CARDUP, the only credential available to Canadian sonographers was the American credential conferred by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®). While the ARDMS credential was widely recognized in Canada, it lacked several important criteria valued in the Canadian health care system. The first of these was a Canadian focus which ensured that the certification exam was relevant to Canadian practice. The second was a bilingual exam available to Canadians in both official languages. The third was a practical examination to ensure that registered sonographers were clinically competent when entering the Canadian workplace. CARDUP was created with the goals of being responsive to the needs of the Canadian medical community from coast to coast in both official languages and to the establishment of bilingual written and practical exams that reflect Canadian standards.
Since its formation in 2000 CARDUP has accomplished a number of its key goals. These include:
A key component in the development of the written exams is the production of a large bank of high quality examination questions referenced to the National Competency Profile for the profession. Your fellow sonographers from across Canada have been hard at work creating the exam questions and setting the format for the Generalist Sonographer (CRGS® credential) exam and the Cardiac Sonographer (CRCS® credential) exam. The Generalist exam was made available at Canadian test centres in 2010 and the Cardiac exam was launched in 2012. Question writing workshops for the Vascular registry exam are under production.
Please use your Canadian ultrasound designation. CARDUP encourages you to add your Canadian credentials when signing your name to professional documents such as preliminary reports and patient’s’ charts.
So what are the Canadian designations?
CRVS® Canadian registered Vascular sonographer
CRGS® Canadian registered Generalist sonographer
CRCS® Canadian registered Cardiac sonographer
Adding those letters to your name is an acknowledgment of everything Canadian registered sonographers have accomplished. If you are a registered sonographer practicing ultrasound in Canada, be proud of it and add the initials. One of the best ways to promote awareness of our education, our skills and our future is attaching your Canadian credentials to your name.
The CARDUP Board of Directors