IAHCSMM is dedicated to providing education and the tools necessary for CS personnel to become certified in their chosen field. We’re here to help, and in this How Can We Help section, you’ll find a step-by-step guide on the process, from choosing the right certification up to what happens after the exam. If you have further questions, please also reference our FAQ section on the website.
General CS Knowledge
Additional certifications are the Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS) and Certified in Healthcare Leadership (CHL). Although there is no set order set in which to achieve these additional certifications, current CRCST certification is a requirement before you can take the CIS or the CHL exam.
The CIS certification tests the knowledge and recognition of medical instruments, as well as reviews instrumentation practice skills. To prepare for this certification, the CIS course is recommended, which includes the Instrumentation Resource Course workbook and the Inspecting Surgical Instruments guidebook. The course will outline instrument handling practices from cleaning to inspection and assembly.
The CHL certification prepares CS professionals for management and supervisory responsibilities. To prepare for this certification, we recommend studying from the Supervision Principles: Leadership Strategies for Healthcare Facilities, 2nd Edition text or boxed course.
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