Continuing education is necessary to maintain a high level of knowledge and skills in cancer registry practice. A ODS must complete 20 hours of continuing education (CE) credits every two years to maintain a certified status. After initial certification, advancing standards and changing job responsibilities may require Oncology Data Specialists (ODSs) to update their knowledge and skills consistent with any new developments in cancer registry. Participation in re-certification demonstrates accountability to peers, physicians, healthcare facilities, and the public. The two-year CE cycle ends on December 31. Additional CE credits earned cannot be carried over to the next CE cycle. The deadline to submit required CE hours and pay the annual ODS maintenance fee is January 31. ODSs are out of compliance when requirements are not met by the January 31 deadline.
Eligible CE programs must present materials beyond the level required for certification of a cancer registrar. These continuing educational activities must improve/expand a registrar's existing base of knowledge or skills as a ODS; they cannot be basic or fundamental courses. NCRA reserves the right to reject CE activities not deemed applicable to cancer registry practice. Learn more about eligibility of specific educational activities and restrictions.
ODSs are required to pay an annual recertification fee. The fee for NCRA members is $35; the non-member fee is $145. NCRA members can pay the recertification fee when they renew their membership. Annual recertification fees are used by NCRA to support the costs of maintaining the ODS certification and related support systems.The fee ensures NCRA’s Council on Certification is able to:
Cancer registrars are data information specialists that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S. The curated data provides essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs. Learn more about how to become a cancer registrar and how cancer registry data is used to improve public health.
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