Initial Certification for Diagnostic Radiology

Prerequisites and Registration

Last verified on December 15, 2023


To be eligible to take the Qualifying (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 plan.1
  • Be current with all ABR fees and pay all exam fees before registration for 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.  



Eligible candidates will receive an email with information about exam registration three to four months before the exam. Registration is completed in myABR and allows candidates to choose their exam date and reporting time. To ensure they receive the email, candidates should confirm their contact information is up to date in myABR.


When am I eligible to take the Core Exam?

Residency or Training End Date