Diagnostic Medical Sonographer



What are the requirements for internationally educated Diagnostic Medical Sonographers?

There is no licensing authority to regulate the profession of Diagnostic Medical Sonography in Alberta. Registration is not a requirement to work in Alberta unless it is required by an employer. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to be aware of employer expectations regarding registration. 

To be registered, internationally educated Diagnostic Medical Sonographers must

1. Apply to Sonography Canada as an External Candidate. 

    a. Have your training and experience assessed. 

    Note: Documents that are not in English must be translated by an official translator. The Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta provides translation services 

    b. Pass all credentialing exams within four years of approval. 

    Note: a maximum of four attempts of any of the core or cardiac exams or any component of the Generalist exam is allowed. 

    c. Pass Canadian Clinical Skills Assessment (CCSA) within two years from date of notification of eligibility to challenge the CCSA.


Apply to the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Applicants must meet the educational and experience requirements, as well as successfully complete a series of certification exams.

What are the educational requirements for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in Alberta?

Note: Licensing bodies compare international education and experience to Canadian standards. 

In Alberta, accredited training programs for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are offered by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton and SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary. 

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

Applicants must successfully achieve the required passing score of 80 within the past two years on a TOEFL English Language Tests. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What supports are available to support internationally educated health professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants, Clear Communication for Health Professionals 

Developed for health care professionals, Clear Communication for Health Professionals is a facilitated study group that focuses on the essence of effective communication in a health care setting. Participants will learn more about Canadian workplace culture, developing effective listening skills and other techniques designed to help you succeed in the workplace. Please visit the Job Success Groups tab on the Study Groups page.

What information resources are available for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in Alberta?

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