Sleep Technologist Recertification in 2016
Has it been about five years since you last recertified or took the RST or RPSGT examination(s)? Are you wondering how you go about recertifying? The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) have different requirements for their recertification process. The AAST is here to help you learn the recertification ropes.
For those with the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) credential
In the Fall of 2015, the BRPT began using an improved certification management system offering several new online features for credential holders. With this new database, credential holders can more easily maintain their profiles, certifications and track their application status.
An RPSGT must apply for recertification before their expiration date to avoid late fees and penalties. Recertification date is five years from the date the certificate was issued, and requires a credential holder to complete 50 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) within the 5 year period. Notices for recertification are sent electronically to the current e-mail address the BRPT has on file every January and July of each year.
For those with the Registered Sleep Technologist (RST) credential
All RSTs must recertify within the 5-year time frame that their certificate was first issued. Those recertifying must submit the appropriate paperwork (outlined in the ABSM Recertification Guidelines) by mail or fax. RSTs can start submitting their applications beginning January 1 of the year the certification expires.
RSTs are also required to submit proof of completion of 50 Continuing Education Credits during the five years of certification. To do so, RSTs can register an account on the ABSM website and upload CEC documentation. The actual certificates or credit letters must be uploaded.