How Do You Get a Surgical Tech Certification?


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To obtain a surgical tech certification, you must be a graduate of a surgical technology program or a current or previously certified surgical technologist, and you must pass the Certified Surgical Technology Exam. The exam is provided by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

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To be eligible to take the exam, you may also be a graduate of a surgical first assistant program or a graduate of a military training program. Additionally, you may be eligible if you have had on-the-job training in surgical technology or you graduated from a surgical program that did not have proper accreditation during the time of enrollment. Those who have graduated from a surgical technology program must have proper documentation that includes a notarized letter from the Program Director providing the date of graduation and the type of degree. Your educational transcript or graduation certification are also required.

If you have graduated from a military training program, you must have a copy of the DD214 that states the location of the base in which you completed training, as well as a transcript and graduation certificate. As of 2015, each eligible applicant must complete the proper application and pay a processing fee of $60. An additional fee ranging from $130 to $439 may be required, depending on your member status and whether or not you are renewing a certification or taking the exam for the first time, according to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

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