In over 20 years of recruiting and placing of diagnostic imaging service engineers, I have found that a very small percentage of that talent population have the Certified Radiology Equipment Specialist (CRES) certification or have even heard of it. I am sure this is because the radiology equipment service industry, considering that the ISE’s actual equipment training certifications to carry more weight or value. This is understandable due to the ever changing technology and high cost of radiology equipment, service and parts that the hospital, health system, and/or independent service organizations (ISOs) incur.
Even those radiology equipment training certifications can vary in value from an employer’s perspective with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) training carrying the most value, third-party training is often considered second in value, and on-the-job training (OJT) ranks third for many. The cost for an employer to provide training can be very high so if you already come with that training it saves them money and makes you a more desirable candidate. However, years of experience and an ability to service several modalities, vendors and models can outweigh this.
So, what is CRES and it’s career value?
CRES is a certification that is a formal recognition by the Association of Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Credentials Institute for individuals who have demonstrated excellence in theoretical as well as practical knowledge of the principles of medical equipment technology.
The certification program recognizes healthcare technology professionals whose practice reflects a high degree of knowledge about medical devices and clinical practice as well as skill in implementing electro-mechanical talent in the repair and maintenance of devices used in the delivery of health care. Achieving AAMI Credentials Institute (ACI) certification indicates that an individual has demonstrated a broad knowledge skill-set in the specific certification area of medical imaging technologies, including regulatory requirements.
The career value of having the CRES certification for a diagnostic imaging service engineer is that it sets one apart since so few have this certification, especially if one goes into radiology or imaging service management.
Healthcare technology management professionals who desire a CRES certification are expected to have experience in a wide-range of medical imaging modalities, electromechanical devices, computers, networks and software used in the delivery of health care. Generally, candidates in this category may work for medical device manufacturers, hospitals, clinics, medical device repair companies, regulatory bodies/agencies, and software manufacturers – such as EMR or device integration providers.
The career value of having the CRES certification for a diagnostic imaging service engineer is that it sets one apart since so few have this certification, especially if one goes into radiology or imaging service management. Also, the need for a workforce knowledgeable in the theory of operation, underlying physiological principles, and safe application of medical equipment is a central concern of many hospitals and companies. Certification demonstrates that an individual has the knowledge to ensure a safe and reliable health care environment. It also demonstrates a significant commitment to one’s career.
For more information about CRES, including study guides, testing and more go to www.aami.org
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