Ask The President: Help with Recertifying Sleep Technologist Credential
How to keep that technologist certification current
This week, AAST President Laura Linley guides a member through the process of how the AAST can help members that are recertifying sleep technologist credentials.
Our question for the week was: "I need to recertify in 2016, how can I get a list of AAST approved courses I attended? "
Certification and Re-certification
There are many pathways to becoming a registered sleep technologist, and once you have attained that credential you will want to keep it current. Certification and education requirements for sleep technologists vary from state to state and provider to provider, so as a sleep technologist you need to be aware of regulations outlined by licensure practice acts, state governing boards, local Medicare requirements and insurance provider requirements that affect you. The AAST has compiled a directory of legislative information for each state, which is available on our website. Using this directory, you can review the statutory language for sleep technologists and coverage policies for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea as well as find information about state sleep societies to review their issues and updates.
Every five years it is required that you recertify your sleep credential. Recertification is a best practice in all allied health fields. Investing in continuing education and maintaining your competency year after year will assure that you meet the state and federal requirements for certification that allow you to practice in the sleep technology field.
For many, recertification is right around the corner. Make sure that you know what is required to maintain your credential and what continuing education credits (CECs) are accepted for recertification.
To assist our members with this process, the AAST has provided links to the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) recertification requirements as well as the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) requirements. You can check your credential expiration date by searching the directories on the credentialing bodies’ websites. To view information for RST recertification, including guidelines and an application, visit the ABSM website. To view information for RPSGT recertification, including an application and a recertification handbook, visit the BRPT website. Make sure your contact information is up to date in the credentialing organization databases so you don’t miss out on important reminders.
As a benefit of AAST membership, you can access an online transcript of the continuing education credits (CECs) that you have earned through programs that were AAST approved. This transcript is printable, and may be downloaded and used to demonstrate that you have completed the continuing education requirements for maintenance of your certification.
We have compiled your credits for you so you do not need to scramble to find the information needed to log events such as:
- Date earned
- Course title
- Course ID
- Number of credits earned
For more information visit the CEC Educational Transcript page on our website.
AAST transcripts validate the continuing education credits (CECs) awarded to our members by educational providers that offer AAST continuing education credits. The transcript is recognized and accepted for re-credentialing by the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) and the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).
The AAST is here to assist you in meeting the requirements for maintaining your credential. Don’t forget to take advantage of your FREE member CECs every month. We also list upcoming opportunities for educational programs that offer AAST continuing education credits. In addition, we provide numerous online learning modules on current topics of importance to sleep technologists.
If you missed the Advanced Therapies course held in Branson last fall you will want to check out these new modules! Check out the video above to get a taste of what we have to offer in our fall course modules.
We hope you can join us in our upcoming spring course as well. -Laura Linley