Initial Certification for Diagnostic Radiology

Prerequisites and Registration

Last verified on October 26, 2020


To be eligible to take the Core Exam, a candidate must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Have an active application with the ABR
  • Be in or have successfully completed 36 months of diagnostic radiology (DR) residency training, or three years of a DR International Medical Graduate (IMG) training plan1
  • Be current with all ABR fees and pay all annual fees before the date of the exam

1The ABR will allow residents who are in or beyond their 32nd month of training to take the exam if their program director attests that the resident is believed to have sufficient knowledge and training, and the candidate attests that he or she understands the potential consequences of taking the exam early. For more information, contact the ABR at or call (520) 790-2900.  



Registration for the February 1-3 and February 8-10, 2021 exam will open on November 16, 2020. Eligible candidates will receive an email before registration opens with additional details.

The Core Exam is completed by invitation only. Eligible candidates will receive an invitation via email three to four months prior to the exam. The email will direct candidates to the registration site, where they may choose their exam date and time. To ensure they receive the email invitation, candidates should confirm that their contact information is up to date in myABR.

When am I eligible to take the Core Exam?

Residency or Training End Date