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National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry

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.

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.

This certification provides proof of competence 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.  It can be downloaded prior to course if you would like to)
  • 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 2023 NTSBD is full:

To join the waiting list please email

By joining the waiting list you will be the first to hear when we launch our 2024 course.

Please also keep an eye on our website for updates on the NTSBD and all our other training and educational courses. 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, all candidates complete the revised Bone Densitometry Foundation Course, available December 2022 (Date TBC), before attending the two day lecture course in April.

The two-day lecture course is suitable for all healthcare professionals with an interest in osteoporosis and fragility fractures. 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 24th & Tuesday 25th April 2023

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.

2023 fees

Full certification Fee
National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry - ROS Professional Members £990
National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry - Non Members £1040
Individual elements Fee
E-learning foundation course (Included in the NTSBD registration fees) (£50)
Lecture course: Two days ROS Members £660
Lecture course: Two days ROS Non Members £700
Exam and portfolio submission ROS Members £330
Exam and portfolio submission ROS Non Members £350



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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Any questions? Contact us now on:

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

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