Earn a Sterile Processing Technician Certification

Graduates of the Sterile Processing Technician Program are prepared to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam facilitated by the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association.


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13 Weeks

Program Length


Average Starting Salary

Healthcare Sterile Processing Association

Issuing Authority

What does it mean to earn your Certification as a Sterile Processing Technician?

Through the Sterile Processing Technician Program, students are eligible for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Certification. Full CRCST certification is obtained after acquiring 400 hours of hands-on sterile processing experience within six months of receiving your provisional certificate.

Students residing in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Tennessee and Pennsylvania are required to become certified within a state-mandated period of time after employment (range from 1.5 – 3 years). This is not a barrier for enrollment for students but should be reviewed with Workforce Training Specialist at time of enrollment.

Sterile Processing Technician Outcomes

This certification ensures individuals can:

  • Use medical terminology and understand disease processes as well as the anatomy and physiology needed to ensure safety for future patients
  • Communicate effectively and professionally to customers and provide excellent customer service
  • Follow compliance standards such as HIPAA, OSHA, ANSI and AAMI
  • Identify workflow processes for cleaning, decontaminating, preparing and packaging equipment and instruments
  • Differentiate quality control and assurance methods as well as understand the importance of central service process documentation

Overview of the Issuing Authority

The Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (formerly IAHCSMM), is the premier association for Sterile Processing professionals worldwide for more than 60 years. HSPA has served more than 40,000 members and certification holders throughout the world.

Why Greensboro?

Greensboro College provides the highest quality training in order to best serve students and surrounding communities. Our specialized career training programs provide up-to-date and in-demand skills preparation and certification, ensuring that everyone who completes our programs is of the highest caliber.

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Sterile Processing Technician

Learn how to prepare, sterilize, install and clean laboratory or healthcare equipment in order to provide the safest environment for patients in hospitals, surgery centers, clinics and other healthcare facilities.

Meet Your Workforce Training Specialist

Kelly is your Workforce Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options and succeed! Get in touch with Kelly to learn more about the program, Greensboro College and how to achieve your workforce development goals!

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