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Certification – Overview

The Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) credential demonstrates expertise in cancer registry management techniques, and knowledge of changes in clinical terminology and medicine as well as registry reporting requirements. 

To learn about the certification process for registrars, please visit the NCRA websites at:




A Dynamic Field with a Bright Future

"The cancer registry profession is critical to the field of cancer and to the nation's public health. National cancer data and statistics all begin from the same source, the cancer registrar.  The quality and accuracy of the data are only as good the training and dedication of the cancer registrar abstracting and reporting the data.  This profession has changed cancer research remarkably from the days when the only source of data was from physician notes in medical records... The field of cancer registry is a unique yet important component of the growing field of health information technology.  We can expect to see an increased need for cancer registrars in the future." 



Susan A Chapman, PhD, RN; Vanessa Lindler,MA; Vasey McClory, MPH; Christine Nielsen; and Wendy Dyer, MA (2006).  Frontline Workers in Cancer Data Data Management: Workforce Analysis Study of the Cancer Registry Field. National Cancer Registrars Association Workforce Study. Alexandria, VA:  National Cancer Registrars Associations.