Credentialing is an umbrella term that may include the concepts of accreditation, licensure, registration, and professional certification. Credentialing can establish criteria for fairness, quality, competence, and/or safety for sonography services or educational programs. Credentialing is the process by which an entity, authorized and qualified to do so, grants formal recognition to, or records the recognition status of individuals, organizations, institutions, programs, processes, and services that meet predetermined and standardized criteria.
The term credentialing may also describe a process used to determine eligibility to practice in a facility or to comply with insurance company requirements. More commonly, this use of credentialing applies to physicians, but it may also be used by a facility's human resources or imaging department to describe the process used to ensure that sonographers meets all facility policies (e.g., sonographer certifications, CPR training, etc.).