Requirements for the Examination: Full & Provisional Certification
As well as passing the certification exam, 400 hours of hands-on experience are required in order to obtain CRCST status. Because of the complex nature of the CS department, firsthand experience is essential to supplement an individual's understanding of CS knowledge and concepts and to illustrate their practical use. The following categories of experience, the tasks that comprise them, and the percentage of time required for each was calculated through a CS Job Task Analysis.
To apply for the CRCST examination you must satisfy the requirements of one of the following options:
Full Certification (Recommended)
Complete and provide a manager/supervisor's documentation (on the exam application as indicated) of a minimum of 400 hours of hands-on experience in a Central Sterile Department, on a paid or volunteer basis, prior to testing. These hours must be broken down into the following areas of experience (as fully detailed on the exam application, available under the Forms & Applications section):
- Decontamination (120 Hours)
- Preparing & Packaging Instruments (120 Hours)
- Sterilization & Disinfection (96 Hours)
- Storage & Distribution (24 Hours)
- Quality Assurance Processes (24 Hours)
- Equipment (16 Hours)
Complete and provide a manager/supervisor's documentation of a minimum of 400 hours of hands-on experience in a Central Sterile Department, on a paid or volunteer basis, within 6 months of passing the certification exam. These hours must be broken down into the areas of experience outlined above (and as fully detailed on the exam application, available under the Forms & Applications section).
Documentation of the completed hours of hands on experience must be submitted to IAHCSMM prior to the 6 month expiration date. Failure to submit these hours within this designated time frame will result in a forfeiture of your provisional CRCST certification and successful completion of a retake exam will be required. All applicable fess will apply to this retake examination.
A one-time, 2 month extension is available to those who are currently working or volunteering within a CS department and approaching the end of their 6 month provisional certification period. An extension request must be made prior to the expiration of your provisional status, by the manager/supervisor of the department in which you are completing your hours. Extensions are not available to those who are not currently volunteering or employed within a CS department.
Please be aware that IAHCSMM does not provide placement services; it is your responsibility to find a department in which to complete your hours.