IAHCSMM CRCST Certification Program
Sterile Processing Technician Certification Program (CRCST)
The sterile processing technician certification program is designed to recognize entry level and existing technicians who have demonstrated the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide competent services as a technician.
Timeline of course
17 Week Program
Chapters and Tests
24 Tests/Chapters & 6 Progress Tests
Cost of Course
$275.00 (Book not included)
400 hours of hands on experience are required during the previous five years, preceding application
Provide 400 hours of hands-on experience within 6 months after passing the certification exam
Requirements for examination
CRCST certification requires that you pass the certification exam and complete 400 hours of hands-on experience in a CS department. These hours can be completed before testing or within 6 months of passing the exam. IAHCSMM highly recommends completing, or at least beginning, your hours of experience before testing. Hands-on experience provides an invaluable resource with which to better understand the standards, knowledge, and practices needed to be successful in a CS department and on the CRCST Exam.
Prior to applying to test, complete a minimum of 400 hours of hands-on experience in a Central Service Department, on a paid or volunteer basis. This experience must have occurred within the past five years at most, and must be documented on the exam application by the manager/supervisor who oversaw your work.
Hands-on hours of experience
Decontamination (120 Hours)
Preparing & Packaging Instruments (120 Hours)
Sterilization & Disinfection (96 Hours)
Storage & Distribution (24 Hours)
Quality Assurance Processes (24 Hours)
Equipment (16 Hours)
We recommend purchasing the book and workbook to move through our CRCST certification program
For more information about this course please visit the IAHCSMM website for requirements and deadlines to take exam
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