Welcome to a busy 2016! This is an important year for sleep technologists. The Board of Directors of the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) is aware that many AAST members are up for recertification this year. We have heard your concerns about the
increased cost of recertification and completing your continuing education credits (CECs). We are sensitive to this and I can assure you that the AAST is committed to providing real value for your membership and did not increase membership dues this year in an effort to offset recertification cost.
An RPSGT credential holder must apply for recertification on or before their expiration date to avoid any late fees and penalties. Recertification expiration date is five years from the date the certificate was issued, and requires the credential holder to complete 50 continuing education credits (CECs) within the 5 year period. We have more information on how to recertifiy on our webite
Sleep technologists can meet their continuing education requirements by participating in live courses hosted by the AAST, reviewing presentations and completing activities in the AAST Online Learning Center or by reading A2Zzz, the official publication of the AAST. Members can also find live and prerecorded CEC activities offered by CEC providers posted in the AAST CEC Calendar. For more information about getting your sleep technologist CECs, check out this article on the AAST blog.
The AAST will also offer special CEC bundles to make it more convenient for sleep technologists to complete their recertification requirements; stay tuned for more information on that. Another membership benefit we offer is maintaining an educational transcript for members that can be downloaded. No need to search for your certificates of completion; if you took a course that included AAST education credits we have that information logged for you.
Another upcoming educational opportunity is the AAST spring course on Risk Management in the Sleep Center. The course will be held in Louisville, KY March 11-12, 2016. This course is relevant for sleep technologists, sleep center managers, nurses, physician assistants and physicians seeking the knowledge necessary to ensure safety, privacy and proper accommodation of their patient population. This course will be presented with a problem based learning format and is offering interactive workshops. I hope to see you there!
I am also proud to announce that the AAST Board of Directors recently adopted updated organizational mission and vision statements to reflect the goals of the organization as we embark on another exciting year.
Our mission: The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) promotes sleep wellness and leads the sleep technology profession through education, resources, and advocacy.
Our vision: The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) will play a key role in setting the standard for professional excellence in the evolving practice of sleep healthcare.
Hopefully by now you have all noticed the completely redesigned and updated AAST website with many new features and ease of access. Some of the new features include:
- Mobile optimization: Whether you are using your smart phone, browsing with your tablet or on your desktop, the new AAST website can be viewed without squinting your eyes or having to pinch and enlarge your screen to view.
- Streamlined home page: We have significantly cut out the clutter on our homepage.
- Built-in search feature: No longer do you have to click through a maze on our site to find what you are looking for.
- Mouse hover: All you have to do is move your mouse over an item and you will see what's indexed behind it.
- A2Zzz is now completely ungated: We've unlocked all of the future, current, and past A2Zzz articles for anyone to view.
- Online educational offerings: The AAST has a ton of resources available online that, until now, were sometimes difficult to find.
Keep your eyes posted for a tutorial video to help you navigate. We hope you like the new design and functionality!
Laura Linley, CRT, RST, RPSGT