The 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.

Registration for this year's course is now closed. To be among the first to hear when registration opens for the 2021 course, you can subscribe to updates.

Learning outcomes

The National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry enables you to:

  • Understand the use of DXA in identifying osteoporosis
  • Evaluate X-rays effectively
  • Pass on detailed reports to clinicians to inform 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, the College of Radiographers and the British Institute of Radiology.

Course format

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

  • An e-learning foundation course (recommended)
  • A two-day lecture course (compulsory)
  • An online examination (compulsory)
  • A portfolio submission (compulsory)

If the full certification is not for you, the e-learning foundation and two-day lecture courses are available on a stand-alone basis.

  • E-learning foundation course

  • Lecture course

  • Exam

  • Portfolio submission

2019 fees and registration

You can register for the full training scheme, or individual elements.

Full certification Fee
National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry £940


Individual elements Fee
E-learning foundation course £50
Lecture course: Single day £375
Lecture course: Both days £630
Exam and portfolio submission £310


Additional costs Fee
Lecture course: On-site accommodation £120 a night
Exam re-sit £130
Portfolio re-submission £75


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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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