Training to become a cancer registrar is as varied as the job duties. Many registrars have a healthcare background then specialize into the Cancer Registry. On the job training has been a longtime trend that is quickly changing as the knowledge requirements and job duties of a cancer registrar become more complex. A strong knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, as well as good computer skills, and attention to detail is needed. College level training programs specifically for cancer registrars are becoming more widely available with both traditional and online distant learning opportunities for those seeking to enter this profession. A list of NCRA (National Cancer Registrars Association) Accredited schools can be found on their web site.
For those who seek to earn the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) credential, certain education requirements must be met. The CTR credential shows employers and other colleagues that the registrar has exceeded the standard level of experience and technical knowledge required for effective cancer data management. To maintain this credential 20 CE (continuing education) hours must be obtained every two years. This assures that CTRs stay informed of the new developments and changes in oncology and registry management. The examination for certification is offered by the NCRA Council on Certification. More information regarding eligibility and examination dates can be found on their web site www.ctrexam.org.
Benefits of becoming certified…
- Shows employers you are a skilled registry professional.
- Potential pay increases (varies by facility)
- Meets the Commission on Cancer requirement for case abstracting in Accredited Cancer Programs.
- Universal recognition of registrar skills in job seeking and recruitment activities.