Initial Certification for Diagnostic Radiology

Prerequisites and Registration

Last verified on July 24, 2018


To be eligible to take the Core Exam, you 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) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) training plan
  • Be current with all ABR fees and pay all annual fees before the date of the exam


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 location, 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?

Certification Pathway
Residency or Training End Date

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