Understanding RMT Recredentialing
The RMT credential is good for 3 years and expires on the last day of the month in which the credential was obtained. (Example: A transcriptionist successfully passing the RMT exam on September 3, 2008, will need to recertify by September 30, 2011.)
Notifications will be sent out 6 months prior to an RMT’s expiration date via email, with a follow-up paper reminder sent 90 days prior. All RMTs are responsible for knowing when their cycle ends. The date of credentialing is denoted on the RMT Certificate, which can be downloaded from the AHDI website.
RMT Recredentialing Requirements
In order to recredential, RMTs must take the RMT Recredentialing Course and pass the final exam prior to the expiration date of their credential. The cost of the RMT Recredentialing Course is $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers. RMTs can take the RMT Recredentialing Course any month after receiving their 6 month reminder but must complete the course before their deadline. In the event the RMT does not pass, they have the option to retest one additional time.
The RMT Recredentialing Course is given from the 1st day of every month through the last day of the month with registration closing the 20th day of the prior month. For more information or to register for the Recredentialing Course please review the RMT Recredentialing Course information.
Recredentialing is valid for 3 years. At any time, an RMT may opt to sit for the CMT exam. If they pass, they relinquish their RMT credential in favor of the CMT credential, and begin a new recertification cycle for their CMT. If they do not pass, they continue in their cycle as an RMT and must meet the recredentialing requirements in order to maintain their RMT status. (For example: An RMT with an expiration date of 8/31/09 decides to take the CMT on 6/15/09. If they pass, their RMT is no longer active and they now enter a new recertification cycle for their CMT. If they do not pass, they have until 8/31/09 to complete the RMT Recertification Course in order to maintain their credential.)
RMTs are not required to accrue or report continuing education credits in order to maintain their credential.
An RMT may purchase a 60-day extension in order to take the RMT Recredentialing Course. Extensions must be in writing and accompanied by a $50 extension fee prior to the original recertification deadline. Completion of the RMT Recredentialing Course must take place within the 60-day extension period. The original due date remains in effect for recredentialing. (For example: An original due date of 8/31/08, extended to 10/31/08, recredentialing due 8/31/11.)
Failure to recredential
All RMTs are responsible for knowing when their credential expires and for registering and completing the RMT Recredentialing Course prior to the expiration of their credential. RMTs should notify AHDI promptly if reminders, statements, or recredentialing information have not been received as expected. It is the RMT’s responsibility to notify AHDI of any changes in address or contact information. RMTs who do not complete and successfully pass the RMT Recredentialing Course and final exam by their expiration deadline will be considered lapsed and will no longer be eligible to identify themselves as RMTs. The only way to become credentialed again is by successfully passing the RMT exam.
Lapsed notices and Grace Period
A lapsed notice will be sent to any RMT who does not complete the RMT Recredentialing Course and successfully pass the final exam prior to their recredentialing deadline (or extension date). RMTs will have 90 days from the date the notice is sent to complete the course and successfully pass the final exam if they wish to reinstate their credential. In addition to the cost of the course, there is a $50 reinstatement fee due at the time of reinstatement.