Certification 3

Certification Renewal Overview

Certification maintenance is required for all IAHCSMM certification holders in order to promote ongoing learning and education. Thanks to frequent advances in medicine and instrumentation, the Central Sterile profession, like most medical fields, is rapidly evolving. All IAHCSMM certifications are time-limited to one year, during which the certification holder must show they have pursued continuing education and development.

To remain valid, these certifications must be maintained through the certification renewal process of submitting Continuing Education (CE) credits and applicable renewal processing fees. Certification renewals must be received no later than the last day of the anniversary month of your certification. Any additionally held certifications will also renew that same month (and will require additional CE credits, but no additional fees.)

CRCST
Require 12 CE credits per year to renew and must focus on information and advancements relevant to the CS field and be of a technical nature.
CER
Require 6 CE credits per year to renew and must focus on information and advancements relevant to endoscopes and be of a technical nature.
CIS
Require current CRCST status plus 6 additional CE credits per year to renew and must focus on information and advancements relevant to the CS field and be of a technical nature.
CHL
Require current CRCST status plus 6 additional CE credits per year to renew and must focus on information and advancements relevant to management or supervisory topics.
CCSVP
Require 6 CE credits per year to renew and must focus on information and advancements relevant to the CS field and be of a technical nature.
ACE & FCS
Require current CRCST status plus attendance at Annual Conference & Educators Forum at least once every two years. (ACE is no longer offered).

Re-Certification Continuing Education Requirements

All certified individuals are responsible for submitting Continuing Education (CE) credits to renew each of their certifications annually. Continuing Education is to be accrued in hour increments:

1 hour equals 1 CE credit, ½ hour equals ½ CE credit, and ¼ hour equals ¼ CE credit.

There are several ways of achieving CE credit and you may use any combination of hours accumulated. The following are the four categories of Continuing Education available, and further detailed information on each category can be found on the Continuing Education (CE) Submission Form.

  • Lesson Plans: Individuals may submit Lesson Plans and Webinars online through IAHCSMM.org, have quizzes scored by Purdue University or submit approved lessons and certificates from other sources.
  • Conferences: Individuals may submit attendance from IAHCSMM conferences or meetings, or attendance from other pre-approved meetings/seminars.
  • Courses: Individuals may submit completion of a technical, community or secondary college course applicable toward CS or job performance with a grade of C or better.
  • In-Services: Individuals may submit in-services or meetings from their place of employment, relevant to CS or job performance.

All CE submissions must be dated after your most recent renewal/certification date. CE submissions must also accompany the annual renewal fee of $50 or $60 (regardless of how many certifications are held.) Re-certification cannot be processed until all required CE documents and fees have been received. (See options below for pricing details.)

Renewal Options

You now have two options to submit your renewal: you may do so hassle-free online, or submit your paper renewal statement to IAHCSMM by fax or mail.

Renew Online

For the fastest results, opt to renew your certification(s) online today.

Submit Renewal

Renew By Fax/Mail

If you're not able to renew online, you may send your renewal by fax or mail.

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Re-Certification Renewal Fee Requirements

  • Certification Renewal
  • $50 yearly
  • 1 year of re-certification
  • 1 year subscription to Central Source
  • 1 year subscription to PROCESS
  • Discounts on lesson plans and webinars
  • Discounts on annual conference fees
  • Discounts on publications and merchandise
  • Online access to resource documents
  • Online access to Discussion Forum
  • Eligibility to vote in IAHCSMM elections and run for office
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  • Certification Renewal + Membership
  • $60 yearly
  • 1 year of re-certification and membership
  • 1 year subscription to Central Source
  • 1 year subscription to PROCESS
  • Discounts on lesson plans and webinars
  • Discounts on annual conference fees
  • Discounts on publications and merchandise
  • Online access to resource documents
  • Online access to Discussion Forum
  • Eligibility to vote in IAHCSMM elections and run for office

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