FAQs

Exam Composition

Q What topics are covered on the CRCST certification exam?

A Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) drew from several sources in order to create the Content Outline for the CRCST exam. References include IAHCSMM's Central Service Technical Manual (8th edition), ANSI/AAMI's ST79 (2010 edition, reaffirmed in 2014 with Amendments 1-4), and AORN's Guidelines to Perioperative Practice (2016 edition.) Using those guides to the industry, SMEs organized an exam blueprint featuring seven specific knowledge domains:

• Cleaning, Decontamination and Disinfection
• Preparation and Packaging
• Sterilization Process
• Patient Care Equipment
• Sterile Storage and Inventory Management
• Documentation and Record Maintenance
• Customer Relations

Each of these domains is comprised of a series of sub-domains which further detail the type and amount of content covered in each section, as well as its weight on the certification exam. Results for the exam will provide a Pass/Fail notice, as well as a section-by-section review for those who do not pass, which will detail if the test taker is at or below the required passing level for each domain. Please review the full CRCST Exam Content Outline for more information.

Q What topics are covered on the CER certification exam?

A Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) drew from several sources in order to create the Content Outline for the CER exam. References include IAHCSMM's Endoscope Reprocessing (1st edition),ANSI/AAMI's ST91 (2015 edition), and the following articles by the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA): Standard of Infection Prevention in the Gastroenterology Setting (2015), and Standards for Infection Prevention in Reprocessing Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes (2016). Using those guides to the industry, SMEs organized an exam blueprint featuring seven specific knowledge domains:

• Microbiology and Infection Control
• Endoscope Purpose, Design, and Structure
• Work Area Design
• Endoscope Reprocessing Steps
• Endoscope Handling, Transport, and Storage
• Endoscope Tracking, Repair, and System Maintenance
• Human Factors That Impact Endoscope Systems

Each of these seven knowledge domains outline the type and amount of content covered in each section, as well as its weight on the certification exam. Results for the exam will provide a Pass/Fail notice, as well as a section-by-section review for those who do not pass, which will detail if the test taker is at or below the required passing level for each domain. Please review the full CER Exam Content Outline for more information.

Q What topics are covered on the CIS certification exam?

A The CIS exam will test your proficiency in these areas:

• Introduction to Surgical Instruments
• Instrument Decontamination
• Instrument Identification, Inspection & Testing
• Factors Influencing the Sterilization Process
• Instrument Inspection & Assembly
• Instrument Quality Assurance
• Instrument Information System
• Safety for Instrument Technicians
• The Human Side of the Instrument System
• The Role of the User in Instrument Care

Q What topics are covered on the CHL certification exam?

A Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) drew from several sources in order to create the Content Outline for the CHL exam. References include IAHCSMM's Central Service Leadership Manual (2010 edition) and Central Service Technical Manual (8th edition), ANSI/AAMI's ST79 (2010 edition, reaffirmed in 2014 with Amendments 1-4), and AORN's Guidelines to Perioperative Practice (2017 edition.) Using those guides to the industry, SMEs organized an exam blueprint featuring seven specific knowledge domains:

Cleaning, Decontamination and Disinfection
Preparation and Packaging
Sterilization Process
Patient Care Equipment
Sterile Storage and Inventory Management
Documentation and Record Maintenance
• Customer Relations

Each of these domains is comprised of a series of sub-domains which further detail the type and amount of content covered in each section, as well as its weight on the certification exam. Results for the exam will provide a Pass/Fail notice, as well as a section-by-section review for those who do not pass, which will detail if the test taker is at or below the required passing level for each domain. Please review he full CHL Exam Content Outline for more information.

Q Do I have to be CRCST before becoming a CER?

A No! Current CRCST certification is not required before you can take the CER exam.

 

Q Do I have to be CRCST before becoming a CIS or CHL?

A Yes! Current CRCST certification is required before you can take the exam for either the CHL or CIS certifications.

 

Q Do I have to take the CIS and CHL exams in a certain order?

A No! After you have obtained CRCST status you may go on to take either the CIS or CHL in any order.

 

Q Can I take the CHL exam if I am not currently a manager/supervisor?

A Yes! The Healthcare Leadership exam is open to any one who is currently in a management position or wishes to pursue such a position in the future.

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