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Use of Certification Credentials

After receiving notification of CRCST, Provisional CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL, CCSVP, or FCS designation, the credential may be used only as long as certification remains valid and in good standing. Individuals may not use any of the above credentials (or retired credentials such as CHMMC and ACE) until they have received specific written notification that they have successfully completed all requirements, including passing the relevant exam. Certificants must comply with all recertification requirements to maintain use of the credential(s).

The use and/or display of the CRCST (or Certified Registered Central Service Technician), Provisional CRCST (or Provisionally Certified Registered Central Service Technician), CER (Certified Endoscope Reprocessor), CIS (or Certified Instrument Specialist), CHL (or Certified Healthcare Leader), CCSVP (or Certified Central Service Vendor Partner), FCS (Fellow), CHMMC (Concepts in Healthcare Materiel Management Certificant), or ACE (Approved Certified Educator) acronyms, except as permitted by this policy, is prohibited. Individuals who fail to maintain certification / recertify or whose certification is suspended or revoked must immediately discontinue use of the relevant CRCST, Provisional CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL, CCSVP, FCS, CHMMC, or ACE certification mark(s) and are prohibited from stating or implying that they hold the certification(s).

Acceptable Use

Individuals who have earned the CRCST credential may identify themselves as a "Certified Registered Central Service Technician" or "CRCST". Individuals who have earned the Provisional CRCST credential may identify themselves as a "Provisionally Certified Registered Central Service Technician" or "Provisional CRCST". Individuals who have earned the CER credential may identify themselves as a "Certified Endoscope Reprocessor" or "CER". Individuals who have earned the CIS credential may identify themselves as a "Certified Instrument Specialist" or "CIS". Individuals who have earned the CHL credential may identify themselves as a "Certified Healthcare Leader" or "CHL". Individuals who have earned the CCSVP credential may identify themselves as a "Certified Central Service Vendor Partner" or "CCSVP". Individuals who have earned the Fellow credential may identify themselves as a "Fellow" or "FCS". Individuals who have earned the CHMMC credential may identify themselves as a "Concepts in Healthcare Materiel Management Certificant " or "CHMMC". Individuals who have earned the ACE credential may identify themselves as an "Approved Certified Educator" or "ACE". These names and acronyms may only be used in connection with a certified individual and not with a facility, department, or other group.

These names and acronyms may be used only as long as the relevant certification is valid and in good standing. Certification is a non-transferable, revocable, limited, non-exclusive license to use the certification designation and is subject to compliance with the policies and procedures of the Certification Council.

Certified individuals may not make misleading, deceptive, or confusing statements regarding their certification status. Certificants may not suggest that they have expertise outside of the scope of their professional licenses, credentials, and training.

Certificate

Each certificant will receive a certificate specific to each certification. Each certificate will include, at a minimum, the following information:

  • Name of the certified individual
  • Unique certification number
  • Signatures of the IAHCSMM President and Certification Manager
  • Reference to the scope and limitations of the certification
  • Effective date
  • Expiration date
  • Disclaimer stating that IAHCSMM retains sole ownership of the certificate

Individuals who renew their certification will receive a new certificate.

The care and issuing of uniquely numbered certificates shall be the responsibility of the Certification Manager.

Security

Certificates include the IAHCSMM certification seal, two signatures, a unique ID number, and are produced on copy resistant security paper to prevent fraud, forgery, and counterfeiting.

Ownership

IAHCSMM retains sole ownership of all certificates.

Complaints & Investigations

Incidents of alleged misuse of the CRCST, Provisional CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL, CCSVP, FCS, CHMMC, or ACE names and/or acronyms by a certificant, candidate, or other individual will be investigated by the Certification Manager and referred to the Certification Council Chair for action under the Disciplinary Policy as required. Individuals who are found to be in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action under the Disciplinary Policy.

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