competency standards for the entry level sonographer

The ASA's 'Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer' were released on 31 October 2011. As the peak body and leading voice for sonographers, the ASA has a clear mandate to set standards of professional practice that ensure patients receive quality sonographic services.

The ASA's development of the 'Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer' ensures the sector has access to a detailed framework setting out the current expectations and requirements for professional competence. These standards define the skills, knowledge and attributes that an entry level sonographer requires to undertake their work.

Broad consultation with members, academics, stakeholders and competency standards experts was undertaken throughout the development of these competency standards.

The 'Competency Standards for Entry Level Sonographer' has now been adopted by the ASAR as the minimum requirement for graduates of ASAR accredited post graduate programs. They are the cornerstone for a number of key advocacy areas being explored by the ASA and play a vital role in further advancing the sonography profession. We encourage our members to become familiar with these standards and ensure they are used in your workplace.

The 'Competency Standards for Entry Level Sonographer' is the first element in a suite of resources under development by the ASA for use by sonographers, employers, educators and regulators. The ASA’s work plan currently includes resources to reinforce the content of these standards and support the education, training and assessment of entry level sonographers. The ASA will also develop standards to define other levels of sonographic practice along the career pathway continuum.