HSPA is a not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. The Board has established the Certification Council, and granted authority to the Certification Council, to independently make essential decisions related to standards, policies, and procedures of the certification program. These decisions are made independently of, and under no influence by, any other individual or business entity within or outside of HSPA.
The Certification Council is responsible for the development of the requirements for eligibility, examination, and renewal for the certification programs as established in the HSPA Bylaws. The Certification Council has developed the certification program to increase the quality of patient care by recognizing competent Sterile Processing (SP) technicians, instrument specialists, and healthcare leaders.
The Certification Council is solely responsible for essential decisions related to the development, administration, and ongoing maintenance of the certification programs, specifically:
The Certification Council ensures that all application and eligibility requirements, examination development and administration, renewal requirements, and all certification program policies and procedures are directly related to the scope of the certification programs as stated above. Issues that fall outside of the scope and purpose of the certification programs fall outside of the authority of the Certification Council.
The Certification Council convenes to discuss the above issues throughout the year via conference calls and emails. As possible, the Council also meets at the HSPA Annual Conference.
The HSPA Certification Council shall commit to acting impartially in relation to its applicants, candidates, and certified persons. Certification decisions shall be made in accordance with policies and procedures. Policies and procedures affecting applicants, candidates, and certified persons shall be made public and shall fairly and accurately convey information about the certification program. The HSPA Certification Council shall understand threats to impartiality that include, but are not limited to, self-interest, activities from related bodies, relationships of personnel, financial interests, favoritism, conflict of interest, familiarity, and intimidation. The HSPA Certification Council shall periodically conduct a threat analysis to determine the potential—both real and perceived—of an individual or an organization to influence certification.
Those interested in becoming a CRCST can prepare in one of the following ways:
Applications to serve as a Certification Council Nominating Committee Member or a Certification Council Member are available now through September 15, 2022. Click here to view the application form and details.