The Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators administers a certification program which gives professional scientific illustrators the opportunity to earn the designation of Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI). This designation signifies that the practitioner has achieved and maintains a current competency in the profession.
A CMI has passed examinations dealing with business practices, ethics, biomedical science, and drawing skills, and has undergone a rigorous portfolio review. Competencies are maintained by meeting continuing education requirements and must be renewed every five years. The certification program is based on standards established by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.