Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) — MedCerts

13 Weeks

Program Length


10 year Job Growth


Avg. Starting Salary

Issuing Authority

Issuing Authority International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM)

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) is the premier association representing healthcare Sterile Processing (SP) professionals worldwide. Because SP professionals are responsible for cleaning, decontaminating, sterilizing, and distributing medical and surgical instrumentation, they are among the most vital contributors to the delivery of safe, high-quality patient care. For more than 60 years, IAHCSMM has been providing these professionals with the broadest range of certification and continuing education offerings available, along with the unsurpassed support that only a full-service membership organization can bring.

CRCST Certification Detail

Certified Registered Central Service Technicians are professional healthcare workers who prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment as well as perform routine tasks and operate or inspect equipment. Gain your national CRCST certification through the IAHCSMM to build a Sterile Processing Technician career. Other titles include central processing technician, sterile preparation technician, central sterile supply technician, and more.


Keep in mind that full certification is obtained after acquiring 400 hours of hands-on sterile processing experience within six months of provisional certification. Hands-on experience provides an invaluable resource with which to better understand the standards, knowledge, and practices needed to be successful in a CS department and on the CRCST Exam.

**PLEASE NOTE: Students residing in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Tennessee and Pennsylvania – these states require that Central Service Technicians become certified within a state-mandated period of time after employment (range from 1.5 - 3 years). This is NOT a barrier to enrollment for students but should be reviewed with Education Consultant at time of enrollment. 

MedCerts Programs for CRCST Certification 1 matches

Certification Training Options ForCRCST Certified Registered Central Service Technician

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MedCerts Two And Four Year Colleges Other Online Programs
Program & Tuition Cost $4000 average Up to $20,000 $3000 average
Exam Fees, Books & Materials Included Up to $750 Up to $750
Job Ready In 3-6 months 24-48 months 3-6 months
Schedule/Flexibility On-demand 24/7 Set Class Schedule On-demand 24/7
Travel Requirements None - 100% online On-Campus Classrooms None - 100% online
Student Support Personal Student Advisors, Subject Matter Experts & 24/7 support Professors - scheduled office hours Support Inbox
Career Coaching 1-1 Coaching + Career Toolkit to prepare for a lasting career Access to Career Services Dept. None
Content Delivery 3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning Professor lectures Typically videos & presentations

This table is for reference only. Actual prices, durations and features may vary. Pricing is based on full-cost tuition for a Medical Assistant or similar program before financial aid.

CRCST Certification. Skill Gained

  • Obtain knowledge of medical terminology, disease processes, anatomy and physiology
  • Explain the importance of customer service, communication skills and professionalism
  • Discuss compliance standards and the role of HIPAA, OSHA, CDC, FDA, ANSI, AAMI and other regulating agencies
  • Identify central service workflows processes from cleaning, decontamination, preparation and packaging to sterilization and storage of surgical instruments and equipment
  • Describe the importance of manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFU), infection control and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout central service areas and their impact on personnel and patient safety
  • Differentiate methods for quality control and assurance and the necessity of central service process documentation

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