National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry 2024

The UK's only certification in bone densitometry for healthcare professionals and clinical scientists, taking place every 18 months.

The National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry is essential training for healthcare professionals who carry out bone densitometry or work in related clinical research.

The scheme is aimed at DXA operators, and we therefore prioritise applications from those who are actively scanning.

Learning outcomes

The National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry enables you to:

  • Understand the use of DXA in identifying osteoporosis.
  • Undertake and evaluate quality DXA measurements effectively.
  • Ensure reliable scan data are recorded to inform a diagnosis and decisions around treatment.

Completion of the course grants you a certification in bone densitometry, and is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and the British Institute of Radiology.

Course format

The certification in bone densitometry is awarded on successful completion of:

  • An e-learning foundation course (compulsory)
  • A two-day lecture course (compulsory). The course manual will be online, and will be available to download prior to course.
  • An online examination (compulsory)
  • A portfolio submission (compulsory)

If the full certification is not for you, the two-day lecture courses and the e-learning foundation course are available on a stand-alone basis. The e-learning foundation course is compulsory for the two day lecture course and included in the cost. These are particularly recommended for clinicians managing patients with osteoporosis but do not physically undertake the DXA scan. 

The 2024 NTSBD lecture course:

7 & 8 October, Aston University, Birmingham

You can view more about our other training and educational courses here: Courses and CPD | ROS (

Alternatively, as a health professional member, you will receive updates, discounts, information and details on our courses. Royal Osteoporosis Society | Become a professional member ( 

The e-learning foundation course provides you with a foundation in osteoporosis and dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA).

It consists of:

  • Three video-based learning modules
  • An online assessment, lasting one hour

It is compulsory that all candidates complete the revised Bone Densitometry Foundation Course before attending the two day lecture course in October.

The two-day lecture course is suitable for all healthcare professionals with an interest in osteoporosis and fragility fractures, and who are actively scanning. This includes physicians, nurses, radiographers, technologists and clinical scientists.

It is delivered by osteoporosis experts and includes lectures and interactive workshops.

The lecture course can be attended as part of the full certification, or on a stand-alone basis.

The lecture course has an online manual for delegates to download if required.

The lecture course is accredited by RCP for 14 CPD points.

Upcoming lecture course dates:

Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October 2024.

After attending the two-day lecture course, you're invited to sit an online examination.

This is usually around six months after the lecture course. Exact dates are advised shortly after the lecture course.

The exam is made up of three modules:

  • Core Clinical
  • Core Technical
  • DXA/pDXA Specialist

There are 30 multiple choice questions in each module, and you have 30 minutes to complete each module.

After successful completion of the exam, you are invited to complete a portfolio submission.

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

Quality control (QC)

To evidence your understanding of QC procedures and processes, and examine your technique.

Scan technique

To evidence the accuracy and consistency of your scan technique, including patient positioning, scan acquisition and scan analysis.

The scan print-out

To evidence your knowledge and understanding of all the information presented on a scan print-out.

In-depth case studies

To evidence your deeper knowledge and understanding of bone densitometry in clinical practice, including how results are interpreted and applied.

Any questions? Contact us now on:

 telephone number01761 473205

Excellent bone densitometry course. Covered all relevant topics. Great presentations. Would recommend to colleagues who actively work with DXA services.

2024 fees (2026 fees subject to change)

Full certification Fee
National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry - ROS Professional Members £995
National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry - Non Members £1045
Individual elements Fee
E-learning foundation course (Included in the NTSBD registration fees) (£50)
Lecture course: Two days ROS Members £665
Lecture course: Two days ROS Non Members £705
Exam and portfolio submission ROS Members £335
Exam and portfolio submission ROS Non Members £355


Additional costs Fee
Exam re-sit £75
Portfolio re-submission £75


Cancellations must be made in writing.

The following cancellation charges will apply to bookings for the lecture course and certification:

  • Cancellations made more than 8 weeks before the event booked will incur a charge of 20% of the fee paid.
  • Between 8 weeks to 29 days prior will incur a charge of 50% of the fee paid.
  • No refund will be payable for cancellations made within 28 days of the event

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