I have both RVT and rvs credentials. I studied for two years straight, day and night, at dinner parties, at my billiards league championship series, everywhere and anytime. In 1990 I took and past the RVT exam. I still had a lot to learn but I had proven that I had the minimum entry level requirements to be an RVT. In 1995, in order to understand the CCI test and to review the content of the test, I took the RCVT in non-invasive vascular technology. I didn't crack a book (due to lack of time) and took and past the exam. Not only did I pass, I had like 95% correct...did I mention that I didn't crack a book? I am by no means the smartest man in the world (just ask my boss) and I do not think that I have a photographic memory and everything stuck from studying for the RVT 5-7 years earlier. I did not have to take the general science exam because of my RVT; may be that is where the really tough questions were. RCVT is the credential to have in invasive cardiology and is respected in many echo labs. I feel that if you are already registered RVT you might consider taking the rvs test, but not as the easy way out. As far as there being more than one registry or laboratory accreditation so that there is not a monopoly created, is there more than one RT credential or more than one accreditation for mammography? I think that when you take the easy way out, and display those credentials, people know that you have taken the easy way out. If you are pressured by your employer to get a credential, then by all means take the easy one and then study for the RVT. Just my opinion, I may be wrong. JPH In a message dated 4/11/00 9:52:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time, [log in to unmask] writes: > I have 2 credentials from ARDMS and after taking exam with CCI it is my > feeling that > CCI is the true not for profit organization. And if you are talking about > validity > I konw several people they have ARDMS credential and they can not even scan > why you have to take two exams with ARDMS all this is just money thing > My hospital is getting Accredetation based on my credential and I dont think > that > I know less then any body . I am an intructor at George Washington > University > Your credential dose not preove any thing it is you who has to know what you > are doing > you can earn these credentials only by taking Edelman's courses .