Written by Kim Evans, CRA, FAHRA
Word is getting out that the CRA or Certified Radiology Administrator credential is highly sought, provides value and is a confirmation of the knowledge, skills, and abilities for success and recognition as an Imaging leader. But you may wonder, what is the RACC? Who are they? And what do they do?
Who is the RACC? The RACC or Radiology Administration Certification Commission is a separate and autonomous functioning body responsible for the examination and certification of radiology administrators. It is comprised of seven elected Commissioners.
Mission and Vision: The mission of the RACC is to promote individual recognition and verifiable excellence within the medical imaging management profession. The vision is to promote national recognition as the preferred standard for excellence in medical imaging management. The RACC will provide value for CRAs and create a challenging but attainable aspiration for eligible individuals who wish to be known for their excellence in the imaging management profession.
What does RACC do? The purpose of the RACC is to govern the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) program and assure it succeeds in its mission. The RACC:
- Establishes requirements, standards, and procedures.
- Develops and administers an examination appropriate to the eligibility requirements of certification.
- Establishes and monitors recertification requirements and processes.
- Recognizes, awards and preserves the prestigious CRA credential for all who successfully complete the certification examination and who fulfill education and recertification requirements.
What is a Commissioner and what do they do? The RACC is a seven person commission that consists of six persons who are certified in radiology administration (CRA) and one person who represents the general public (known as Public Commissioner). Commissioners are elected by the CRAs in annual elections and serve in staggered terms. Each term is for a duration of three years. A Commissioner can serve for a maximum of two terms.
RACC Commissioners participate in regular meetings that may include topics such as:
- The certification process, which is the number of submissions received and under review.
- Testing updates, which is the number of candidates approved for testing based on eligibility requirements.
- Information regarding number of new CRAs.
- Any non-routine inquiries from candidates.
Annual goals are established and monitored. The Commission seeks to increase general awareness of the CRA credential throughout our members, our peer organizations, national and state societies, employers, human resource departments, and news and social media channels. The RACC also oversees the Policies and Procedures manual in order to ensure the document that guides and directs the work of the Commission is up to date.
Who can be a RACC Commissioner and what is the process? Those interested in the RACC can be nominated or submit a self-nomination to be requested for consideration. Nominated candidates must be a CRA in good standing and must have maintained the CRA for a minimum of one year. Candidates cannot have previously served two terms on the RACC. Nominees will have established leadership skills through a record of responsible service and will agree to abide by and sign the confidentiality and conflict of interest forms, if elected. Eligible nominees will be provided a copy of the RACC Commissioner Position Description and the RACC Conflict of Interest policy.Eligible nominees will be scheduled for an interview with a three-member nominations committee comprised of 2 RACC Commissioners and one CRA not presently serving on RACC. The candidates selected by that nominations committee will be placed on the ballot for annual election. All active CRAs in good standing are eligible to vote for RACC Commissioners. Those elected will begin term on January 1 and serve for a term of three (3) years.
While I enjoy my time as a RACC commissioner professionally and have learned a great deal, I find personal satisfaction in involvement in something that is so meaningful to me, the CRA credential. If serving on the RACC appeals to you, look for the Call for Nominations in early October.
Kim Evans, FAHRA, CRA
RACC Vice Chair
2022 Chair Nominations Committe
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