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.
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.