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Re-Certification


When to Renew?

  • Re-Certification contact hours are to be dated after your anniversary month (Example: if you join, renew or become certified January 2013, then your re-certification contact hours for the following renewal must be dated after January 2013 and before January 2014
  • Renewal of membership and submission of contact hours are due by the last day indicated on your membership card (Example: if you join, renew or become certified in January 2013, your renewal of membership and submission of contact hours are due by January 31, 2014

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What are Continuing Education Contact Hours?

Our members realize the importance of continuing their professional education – to understand and apply new management techniques; to evaluate new procedures and products; to share their expertise and knowledge with their peers. Continuing education is an invaluable tool to keep you abreast of changes within CS and healthcare in general.  Because of this, all members currently certified are responsible for submitting continuing education contact hours to renew each of their certifications annually.

Contact hours are to be accrued annually in hour increments (1 hour equals 1 contact hour, a ½ hour equals a ½ contact hour, etc.). 

CRCST certifications require 12 contact hours per year to renew

  • CRCST contact hours must focus on advancements within the CS field and be of a technical nature

 CIS certification requires an additional 6 contact hours per year to renew

  • In addition to your core 12 contact hours needed for CRCST re-certification
  • CIS contact hours must focus on instrumentation practices

CHL certification requires an additional 6 contact hours per year to renew

  • In addition to your core 12 contact hours needed for CRCST re-certification
  • CHL contact hours must focus on supervisory/management skills

CCSVP certification requires 6 contact hours per year to renew

  • CCSVP contact hours must focus on advancements within the CS field

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Ways to Maintain Your Certification

Several Sources can provide educational contact hours to help you maintain your certification:

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Here’s 4 steps to get your contact hours…fast and easy with IAHCSMM Online Lesson Plans:

  1. Purchase lesson plans at the IAHCSMM online store.
    • The online store is www.iahcsmm.org/ecommerce/store.php
    • Purchase:
      • Single lesson plans ($10 member price, $15 non-member price; each plan is worth 2 contact hours if a passing score of 70% or higher is achieved)
      • 6-pack bundle of lesson plans ($50 member price, $75 non-member price; each plan is worth 2 contact hours if a passing score of 70% or higher is achieved; a 6 pack bundle will give you the core 12 contact hours required for CRCST re-certification if all lesson plans score a passing grade)
  2. Choose the lesson plan you want to have graded. Visit the main website and you will see several lesson plans to choose from (CRCST, CIS and CHL). Read the lesson plan thoroughly!
  3. Get ready to take the quiz. Members will be asked to enter their name and membership ID number; non-members will require one of the activation codes you received when purchased in Step 1. After you enter the required information, the quiz will appear and you’re ready to start answering the questions. Choose submit at the end of the quiz and the computer will immediately grade your responses!
  4. A result screen will appear, indicating your overall percentage score and if you passed or failed. Your score and user information are immediately sent electronically to IAHCSMM, and the results are posted to your account. You can print off the score sheet for your records, but you do not have to submit the printed copy with your renewal statement, because it’s already in your account! If you do not score a passing grade of 70% or higher, you will not receive credit for the failed lesson plan. You do have the opportunity at that point to purchase additional single lesson plans at the online store to accumulate your missing contact hours.

And with 5 Easy Steps, you can re-certify and renew your membership with a renewal package!!!! Here's how easy it is:

  1. Purchase a renewal package at the IAHCSMM online store
    • The online store is www.iahcsmm.org/ecommerce/store.php
    • Choose a renewal package that meets your current certification requirements ( CRCST, CRCST plus CIS, CRCST plus CHL, or CRCST plus CIS and CHL):
      • You’ll save additional amounts when purchasing the renewal packages rather than purchasing dues and/or lesson plans separately
      • Each package will allot enough lesson plans to renew all of your current certifications
  1. Choose the lesson plan you want to have graded. Visit the main website and you will see several lesson plans to choose from (CRCST, CIS and CHL). Read the lesson plan thoroughly!
  2. Get ready to take the quiz. Members will be asked to enter their name and membership id number; non-members will require one of the activation codes you received when purchased in Step 1. After you enter the required information, the quiz will appear and you’re ready to start answering the questions. Choose submit at the end of the quiz and the computer will immediately grade your responses!
  3. A result screen will appear, indicating your overall percentage score and if you passed or failed. Your score and user information are immediately sent electronically to IAHCSMM, and the results are posted to your account. You can print off the score sheet for your records, but you do not have to submit the printed copy with your renewal statement, because it’s already in your account!
  4. Once you’ve completed all of your lesson plans within your package, an email notification will be sent to IAHCSMM and your new re-certified card will be mailed the following business day! No need to call or fax or mail your contact hours. The electronic notification system is an automated process, so the sooner you complete the plans, the sooner you’ll receive your card!

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Additional resources for continuing education are:

  • Hospital In-Services
  • Seminars
  • IAHCSMM Annual Meeting
  • Chapter Meetings
  • In-Services in Publications
  • College Courses
  • Vendor-Sponsored Educational Programs
  • Purdue Lesson Plans (Pencil/Paper Subscriptions)
  • Other Approved Lesson Plans in Periodicals

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Maintaining Contact Hours

To maintain certification with IAHCSMM,it is important to be updated on current trends in the field of Central Service / Sterile Processing. To apprise IAHCSMM of your knowledge and to renew your certification status, you must accumulate contact hoursv as outlined below on an annual basis. Documentation to fulfill this requirement must be submitted with your annual dues payment. The following guidelines have been established to aid in fulfilling these requirements.

CRCST, CHL, CIS and CCSVP Responsibilities:

  1. The CRCST, CHL, CIS and CCSVP is responsible for maintaining appropriate records and documentation for each certification
  2. Upon receipt of the billing invoice, you should do one of the following:
    1. Electronic Fast Solution: Go online and purchase a renewal certification package
      1. Your dues payment is received electronically using either a credit card or online check
      2. Your contact hours are accrued as soon as you complete and pass an online lesson plan (scoring 70% or higher)
      3. Update any address and/or name changes within the Member Portal
      4. Upon successful passing of all required lesson plans, a new re-certification card is mailed to you the following business day
    2. Mail or Fax Solution: Submit the following materials to the IAHCSMM Headquarters office:
      1. Billing invoice (with address and/or name changes)
      2. Contact hour submission form with appropriate supporting documents indicating total appropriate contact hour submissions, with a supervisor or manager’s signature of approval included
      3. Re-certification/membership renewal payment
      4. Re-certification submissions will be reviewed; either a re-certified card or notification of improper contact hour submissions will be sent after this review process, which can take up to 30 business days from the time of receipt at Headquarters
  3. All contact hours must be accrued on an annual basis
  4. Failure to meet the requirements will cause forfeiture of status and reclassification as non-certified

CRCST Contact hours:

  1. All CRCST must accumulate 12 contact hours of continuing education per billing year
  2. All contact hours submitted must show a direct relation to Central Service/Sterile Processing, expanding upon one's technical expertise and/or advancement in the field

CHL Ccontact hours: (CHL are required to maintain current CRCST status in addition to CHL requirements)

  1. All CHL must accumulate 18 contact hours of continuing education per billing year.
  2. Contact hours submitted must consist of 12 core CRCST contact hours (as outlined above) plus 6 additional CHL contact hours reflecting knowledge attained on a management/supervisory level, expanding upon one's management expertise

CIS Contact hours: (CIS are required to maintain current CRCST status in addition to CIS requirements)

  1. All CIS must accumulate 6 contact hours of continuing education per billing year.
  2. Points submitted must consist of 12 core CRCST contact hours (as outlined above) plus 6 additional CIS contact hours showing a direct relation to Instrument Handling, expanding upon one's technical expertise and/or advancement in the field

Member who hold CRCST, CIS and CHL certifications are required to submit a total of 24 contact hours annually (12 for CRCST, and 6 each for CIS and CHL).

CCSVP Contact hours:

  1. All CCSVP must accumulate 6 contact hours of continuing education per billing year.
  2. All contact hours submitted must show a direct relation to Central Service/Sterile Processing, expanding upon one's technical expertise and/or advancement in the field

Contact hour Values:

  1. Contact hours are determined by hours used for learning: 1 contact hour equals 1 contact hour, 1/2 contact hour equals 1/2 hour,etc.
  2. 2 contact hours for IAHCSMM Continuing Education Lesson Plans (www.iahcsmm.org)
    Two (2) contact hours will be awarded for successful completion of each lesson plan graded through www.iahcsmm.org. Scores are submitted electronically to IAHCSMM and posted directly to your account after completion of each quiz (visit the Member Portal at www.iahcsmm.org to print a score sheet for your records)
  3. 1 contact hour per hour at Workshop/Seminar Attendance
    Attendance at a workshop, seminar or in-service where the topics relate directly to the specific certification. Contact hour assignment is made according to the length of the program (i.e.1 contact hour for each t hour, ¼ contact hour for each 15 minutes,etc.) .Supervisor verification and/or copies of certificates (indicating contact hours earnings) will serve as supporting documentation for attendance
  4. 6 contact hours for College Course Completion
    Successful completion of a junior or secondary college course where the content relates directly to knowledge that can be applied to functions of the specific certification. A copy of the final grade transcripts must indicate name and location of school ,topic studied, dates attended, length of course and final grade of "C" or better
  5. 1-12 contact hours for IAHCSMM Educational Conference Attendance
    Attendance at any national IAHCSMM Conference may meet the minimum requirements for re-certification. Most seminars offer more than the 12 contact hours needed, and the attendees can choose which sessions will be most beneficial and meet the attendance contact hour minimum
  6. 1-12 contact hours for Hospital Oriented In-Services
    One (1) contact hour per hour will be awarded, provided proper supporting documentation of subject and dates of attendance is authorized and signed by a departmental supervisor.One hour in-services are worth one (1) contact hour; 1/2 hour in-services are worth half (.5) contact hour, etc. In-service instructors will be awarded one (1) contact hour per hour of presentation of topics directly relating to Central Service
  7. 2-12 contact hours for Purdue Self Study Lesson Plans
    Two (2) contact hours will be awarded for successful completion of each lesson plan published in Communiqué or directly from Purdue University, with grading provided by Purdue University. A final grade sheet printed from Purdue University will serve as supporting documentation.

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