How Do You Become a Certified Anesthesia Tech?

To become a certified anesthesia technologist, get a job as an anesthesia technician or attend an anesthesia technology education program; apply for certification exams; and then sit for the exams, states Joe Stone for the Houston Chronicle. The education program should comply with the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians, or ASATT.

An anesthesia technologist repairs, maintains and services anesthesia equipment, according to Stone. Generally, the technologist cleans, sterilizes, assembles and calibrates anesthesia equipment. To be an anesthesia technologist, you must be articulate in English and have basic computer skills and a high school diploma. You must work for at least two years in an anesthesia field or obtain a degree that meets the requirements of ASATT to qualify for the certification exam for an anesthesia technician.

Once you complete the two-year work experience or obtain a degree program in anesthesia technology, apply for the certification exam, explains Stone. Visit the ASATT website to learn more about the exams. You only get the certified anesthesia technician and technologist designation after passing the exams. Certification lasts for two years; you must take 20 hours of continuing education courses to maintain certification. Make sure your anesthesia technician certification is in good standing before applying for the ASATT certification exam for anesthesia technologists.