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The Board of Registration of EMG Technologists of Canada was officially formed in June of 1995 with the financial support of two parent associations, the AETC and the CSCN (EMG Section). The founding members of the board were two Registered EMG technologists appointed by the AETC and two physicians, a physiatrist and a neurologist, appointed by the CSCN (EMG section).

The Board was formed to serve as the certifying body for EMG Technologists in Canada with the following objectives:

  • To maintain and enforce the national standards of knowledge and proficiency in electromyography technology.
  • To administer and conduct appropriate examinations to assess the knowledge and proficiency of electromyography technologists.
  • To issue certificates of recognition to those who have successfully passed the registration examination and to permit them to use the designation, Registered Electromyography Technologist, R.T. (EMG).
  • To assist in the educational process for electromyography technologists as the Board deems necessary.

For several years members of the AETC Examination and Education Committee had been dissatisfied with the limited input the AETC has in the examination that scrutinized its members. Since 1979 the AETC had also borne the financial burden of rental fees for rooms in which the examination was conducted, any costs related to certificates and supplies, and also paid an honorarium to the physicians examiners.

What To Look Forward To

Shared costs with relatively equal financial backing of the two parent associations, as has been the case for the EEG Registration Board. Positive separation of duties and focus; education (AETC to serve as primary education) and examination (autonomous BRETC). At least 50% technologist input to contents and examiners. Annual review of written and practical examination questions. Appropriate balance of physiology, anatomy, technical, electrical questions. Ranking of questions according to degree of difficulty.

About the Registration Exam

A registration examination for EMG technologists is offered by the Board of Registration for Electromyography Technologist of Canada (BRETC). This board is comprised of physician members of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (CSCN) EMG Section and registered technologist members of the Association of Electromyography Technologists of Canada (AETC). The purpose of the examination is to assess the competence of the individual to effectively carry out the technical task in an EMG laboratory. Candidates technical skill, insight, adaptability and theoretical knowledge is evaluated during a two part examination.

To learn more about the exam and eligibility continue reading here.