The current version of the CIS exam will be available until May 31, 2019.
A discounted pilot for the updated CIS exam will be available from June 1-15, 2019.
There will be a CIS testing blackout from June 16 – August 31, and regular testing will resume on September 1, 2019.

Certification 3

Content & Composition of the Examination

The current version of the CIS exam, available through May 31, 2019, will test your proficiency in these areas:

       • Introduction to Surgical Instruments
       • Instrument Decontamination
       • Instrument Identification, Inspection, and 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

The exam is computer based and no writing instruments are needed (a written version of the exam is not available.) The current version of the test is comprised of 100 multiple choice questions and you will have 2.5 hours in which to complete the exam. Questions can be marked for review and answered or changed later in the exam. A 15 minute tutorial describing how to take the exam on the computer precedes the test and is also available online, here. For more information regarding the testing process please see the Certification Testing section.

The updated version of the CIS exam, available during a discounted pilot period from June 1-15, 2019, will test your proficiency in the following areas:

  1. Instrument Cleaning & Decontamination Processes
  2. Instrument Identification
  3. Instrument Inspection, Testing & Assembly
  4. Preparation & Packaging
  5. Sterilization & High-Level Disinfection (HLD)
  6. Human Factors Impacting Instrument Systems

Each of the six knowledge domains listed above is comprised of a series of sub-domains which are explained in further detail in the CIS Exam Content Outline. Further detail on the type and amount of content covered in each section, as well as its weight on the certification exam can also be found in the CRCST Exam Content Outline.

Please click here to see the updated CIS Exam Content Outline.

The exam is computer based and no writing instruments are needed (a written version of the exam is not available.) The current version of the test is comprised of 150 multiple choice questions and you will have 3 hours in which to complete the exam. Questions can be marked for review and answered or changed later in the exam. A 15 minute tutorial describing how to take the exam on the computer precedes the test and is also available online, here. For more information regarding the testing process please see the Certification Testing section.

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