Certification Requirements

Numbers of Hours to Maintain Certification

As of January 1, 2009 per the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) all certified individuals are on the four-year certification cycle.

Four-Year Certification Cycle — CSTs
Certified Surgical Technologist® (CST) must earn 60 CE credits before the four-year cycle expires to renew the credential.

Four-Year Certification Cycle — CSFAs
Certified Surgical First Assistant® (CSFA) must earn 75 CE credits before the four-year cycle expires to renew the credential.

AST encourages you to have your fulfillment of approved CE credits on file with AST at least six (6) months before your certification expiration date. Having your credits processed early helps to eliminate last minute problems should your credits be denied. Once your credential has expired, the window to earn qualifying CE credits is gone and the only option then is to re-take the exam through the NBSTSA.

For additional information, visit the Association of Surgical Technologists.