Everything You Need to Know About Getting Your Technologist CECs
Getting CECs is easier than you thought
Continuing education credits (CECs) are required for sleep professionals including registered polysomnographic technologists (RPSGTs), registered sleep technologists (RSTs), and staff in accredited facilities or those seeking sleep center accreditation.
Sleep technologists are required to recertify every five years to maintain their credentials. To maintain certification technologists must either retake and pass the RPSGT or RST examination, or accrue 50 CECs over the previous five years.
The good news is that there are many opportunities for you to earn CEC credits for free if you're an AAST member.
The bad news?
If you're not an AAST member each CEC opportunity can cost you between $40-$45. In other words, as a non-member you'll be expected to pay $2,000 to $2,250 every five years to maintain your certification.
So how much of a good deal are AAST members getting for CECs?
The answer is that paying $125 for an annual membership is obviously a much better deal than paying over $2,000 just in CEC costs over the next five years.
In other words, the benefits you reap from having a membership far outweigh the annual cost you incur for membership. And note, if you need CEC's you can take advantage of the 3 for free rate of $125 for new members that covers the remainder of 2015 and all of 2016!
Here are some ways sleep technologist CEC requirements can be easily met:
1. As a member of the AAST you can get 24 FREE CECs through online learning modulesAAST members receive FREE access to two online learning modules per month. You will also be able to sharpen your professional skills by taking advantage of high quality cutting edge information while earning up to 24 CECs.
2. Earn CEC credits at AAST meetings and courses
Attending an AAST annual meeting, conference or course is one of the easiest ways to quickly complete your annual CEC requirements. Many organizations at the national, state, regional, or even local level also host events that provide CECs. Most are pre-approved by an accrediting organizations and already have a set number of CECs that can be earned through program attendance.
3. As a member, you can also gain access to 8 additional free CECs just by reading professional articles
Another benefit of being a member is that you receive an automated free subscription to AAST's quarterly A2Zzz magazine. Reading this magazine can earn subscribers 2 continuing education credits per issue. Not only is it an easy way for you to earn educational credit, but also allows you to earn as many as 8 credits per year at no additional cost as part of your membership benefit.
A reminder on keeping track of your CECs
Ultimately, you will be in charge of keeping track of your progress in obtaining CECs to avoid the hassle of either having to retake the certification examination or having your credentials expire. Here are a few tips for staying on top of your CEC's.
Know how many CECs you have and how many you still need. The AAST tracks CECs for their members.
Spread out your CECs. As with anything important, one shouldn't wait until the last minute to begin attempting to accrue CECs. A good rule of thumb is to try maintaining approximately 10 CECs per year to evenly spread out the workload and avoid being overwhelmed.
Keep your patients in mind. Remember, getting CECs isn't only necessary for you to keep your credentials, but a well-informed and highly trained technologist is one who will be capable of providing their patients with the best in quality care.