Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)

The introductory certification for Sterile Processing (SP) professionals.

The CRCST certification program is designed to recognize entry-level and existing technicians who have demonstrated the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to provide competent services as an SP technician. CRCSTs are integral members of the healthcare team who are responsible for decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging and sterilizing reusable surgical instruments or devices in a healthcare facility. While the CRCST program is based on US practice and standards, it is in harmony with international ISO standards and open to all candidates in the US and abroad who meet the eligibility requirements.

HSPA WILL BE OFFERING A PILOT EXAMINATION IN 2024

CRCST PILOT EXAMINATION: JUNE 1 - 15, 2024

Applications for the Pilot are now closed. Click to view information on the Pilot Exam, Application Process, and FAQs. (Regular testing will resume September 10, 2024. Applications for regular testing will open July, 2024).

Updates Due to the Pilot Exam

CRCST EXAMINATION TIMELINE

UPDATEDATE
All applications for the current examination testing period need to be received by HSPA (online applications only available through 3/31/24)April 12, 2024
Final day of testing for the current CRCST examMay 16, 2024
All applications for the Pilot examination need to be received by HSPAMay 30, 2024
Pilot exam window (all those testing on the pilot must test within this window)June 1 - 15, 2024
Blackout period (no testing for the CRCST examination)June 16 - September 9, 2024
Regular testing for the CRCST resumesSeptember 10, 2024
Pilot exam results releasedlate-September, 2024

ACCREDITATION

The CRCST certification is accredited by both the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).