Bone Densitometry Course

The National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry offers Certification in Bone Densitometry for healthcare professionals or clinical scientists.

The National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry consists of a two-day lecture course on 'Bone Densitometry in Osteoporosis Assessment and Management'. This is followed (at a later date) by an online examination and portfolio submission process, successful completion of which leads to Certification in Bone Densitometry providing operators with proof of their competence to perform bone densitometry measurements.

The Training Scheme is approved by:

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Useful Dates 2017

  • Exam dates: Tuesday 7th February 2017
  • Exam Resit : Tuesday 7th March 2017
  • Portfolio: Friday 23rd June 2017

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The RCP has awarded 12 CPD credits (6 credits per day)


The purpose of the portfolio is to demonstrate your understanding and practical ability in bone densitometry across four sections:

  • SECTION 1 - Quality Control (QC) - To evidence your understanding of QC procedures & processes and examine your technique.
  • SECTION 2 - Scan Technique - To evidence the accuracy and consistency of your scan technique, to include patient positioning,scan acquisition and scan analysis.
  • SECTION 3 - The Scan Print-Out - To evidence your knowledge and understanding of all the information presented on a scan print-out.
  • SECTION 4 - In Depth Case Studies - To evidence your deeper knowledge and understanding of bone densitometry in clinical practice, including how results are interpreted and applied.

The portfolio provides evidence that shows safe and effective practice in quality assurance procedures, patient positioning, scan acquisition and scan analysis. It is also to demonstrate your depth of understanding of the information shown on scan print-outs, the interpretation and the application of bone densitometry results.

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Fees 2018

Lecture Course 2018

One day (Monday or Tuesday)


Whole course – 2 days


Whole course – 2 days + B&B accommodation on site*


Certification in Bone Densitometry 2018

Examination + portfolio


Re-sit examination


Portfolio re-submission


*Includes 1 night B&B accommodation. Additional nights available at £100 per night.

Registration fees are payable by credit card or by requesting an invoice (UK delegates only). Places are only guaranteed on receipt of payment. Registration is non-transferable.

Delegates arriving at the lecture course with any fees partially or fully outstanding will be asked to present a debit or credit card as either payment or guarantee of payment. Where a card is provided as guarantee of payment, this will be charged 1 month following the lecture course, if outstanding fees have not been settled via an alternative method. Admittance to the lecture course will not be permitted without prior payment of fees or without debit or credit card guarantee. Individuals are therefore strongly advised to seek proof of payment from their organisations prior to arrival and to bring this to the lecture course.


All cancellations must be made in writing.

• Cancellations of > 21 days notice will be given an 80% refund
• Cancellations of 21 days days or less - no refund will be payable. 

In the unlikely event that the National Osteoporosis Society shall deem it necessary to cancel the lecture course, all pre-paid registration fees will be reimbursed in full. The National Osteoporosis Society shall not be liable for reimbursing the cost of travel or accommodation arrangements made by individuals.