All applicants for certification as a radiologic technologist, basic X-ray machine operator, or basic X-ray machine operator-podiatric medicine, except those certified pursuant to s. 468.3065, shall be required to pass an examination. In lieu of an examination for a radiologist assistant certificate, the department shall accept a demonstration by the applicant for such a certificate that he or she holds a current certificate or registration as a radiologist assistant granted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The department may develop or use examinations for each type of certificate. The department may require an applicant who does not pass an examination after five attempts to complete additional remedial education, as specified by rule of the department, before admitting the applicant to subsequent examinations.
(1) The department may contract with organizations that develop such test examinations. Examinations may be administered by the department or the contracting organization.
(2) Examinations shall be given for each type of certificate at least twice a year at such times and places as the department may determine to be advantageous for applicants.
(3) All examinations shall be written and include positioning, technique, and radiation protection. The department shall either pass or fail each applicant on the basis of his or her final grade. The examination for a basic X-ray machine operator shall include basic positioning and basic techniques directly related to the skills necessary to safely operate radiographic equipment.
(4) A nonrefundable fee not to exceed $75 plus the actual per-applicant cost for purchasing the examination from a national organization shall be charged for any subsequent examination.