Certification 3

Requirements for the Examination

As well as passing the certification exam, three months of hands-on experience are required in order to obtain CER status. Because of the complex nature of endoscopes, firsthand experience is essential to supplement an individual’s understanding of the necessary knowledge and concepts of reprocessing, and to illustrate their practical use. This experience must include the pre-cleaning, testing, decontaminating, inspecting, disinfecting and/or sterilizing, transporting, and storing of endoscopes.

Though provisional testing is an option for the CRCST exam, it is not available for CER examinations. All experience must be completed in full before applying to take the exam. Hours must have been accumulated within the past three years.

Current CRCST status is not required in order to take the CER examination.

International Association of
Healthcare Central Service Materiel 
Management (IAHCSMM)

55 West Wacker Drive
Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60601
Contact Us
Toll Free: 800.962.8274
Direct: 312.440.0078
Fax: 312.440.9474
Email: mailbox@iahcsmm.org