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Credential


Over 6,000 cancer registrars have earned the CTR credential since it was first offered in 1983. Today, there are over 5,000 CTRs.

Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR®) Credential

The CTR credential demonstrates a requisite knowledge and professional competence needed within the cancer registry. It promotes excellence in the cancer registry field by: 

  • Establishing a standard of knowledge and experience required for professional registry practice.
  • Promoting professional growth and individual study by cancer registrars to attain and maintain the CTR credential.
  • Assisting employers, members of allied-health professions, and the public in the assessment of cancer registrars.

 Value of the CTR Credential

  • Recognized internationally in the recruitment and retention of cancer registry personnel.
  • Validates competence to practice in the cancer registry.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the cancer registry profession.
  • Required continuing education ensures CTRs are current with changes in cancer screening, diagnosis, staging, and treatment.
  • Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited facilities require a CTR to be a member of the cancer committee (Standard 1.2).
  • CoC-accredited facilities require case abstracting be performed by a CTR (Standard 5.1).
  • NCRA’s Salary and Compensation Considerations for Cancer Registrars reports CTRs earn $25,000 more than non-credentialed cancer registrars. 

 How to Earn/Maintain the CTR Credential

  • Earned by successfully completing the CTR exam with a passing score.
  • Maintained through the accumulation of 20 continuing education hours every two years. 

Learn more about earning the CTR credential.
Details on maintaining the CTR credential.