Central Service Technical Manual

Helpful features to the text include over 300 color photos and charts and an easy-to-read format that identifies keywords and concepts. Additionally, the Eighth Edition includes several chapters focusing on unique aspects of Sterile Processing, such as tools for cleaning, point-of-use treatment, transport, complex surgical instruments, tracking systems, ambulatory surgery, and related practices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will the 8th edition textbook impact the CRCST certification exam?

A: The 8th edition of the Central Service Technical Manual was used as references for the 2017 edition of the CRCST exam (released July 1, 2017). The 7th edition is no longer considered a reference for the test. Currently, every question on the CRCST exam can be referenced to at least one of the following:

  • HSPA's Central Service Technical Manual (8th edition),
  • ANSI/AAMI ST79 (2010 edition, reaffirmed in 2014 with Amendments 1-4), and/or
  • AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (2017).


Q: I have the 7th edition and am studying for the CRCST exam. Do I need to buy a new book?

A: While it is not required that you purchase the 8th edition textbook, please be aware that the 7th edition manual is no longer a current reference for the CRCST exam. As of July 1, 2017, the test will draw upon material from the 8th edition (material from the 7th edition may be outdated or not found).


Q: Is there be a workbook for the 8th edition?

A: There is a workbook for the 8th edition, and it is available as a part of the box set as well. The workbook is designed to provide activities to reinforce the concepts addressed in the 8th edition text.


Q Why did HSPA decide to stop selling an Instructors' Guide?

A: We will not offer an Instructor's Guide with the 8th edition text. There were several reasons for the move away from a dedicated Instructor's Guide. Numerous factors weighed into the decision, including the wide variety in types of courses held; differing student needs and methods of delivery; the move away from using only HSPA materials to prepare for an exam, and recent incidents of Internet piracy. Those teaching a course should assess their students' needs and develop materials that best meet those needs.


This commitment to advancing Sterile Processing (SP) knowledge, skill sets and professionalism is why over 40,000 members and certification holders rely on HSPA to keep them sharp, focused and abreast of the very latest standards, best practices and technological advancements impacting the SP profession.