The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, which was formerly the NICHSPDP, is a non-profit international certification board, which provides examinations, in regards to planning, developing, cleaning, disinfecting, sterilization, and inventory management activities. The CBSPD is governed by a Board of Directors who has extensive expertise and specializes in healthcare sterilization processing and distribution. The company was founded in 1988 and is incorporated within the state of New Jersey and since its inception and has credentialed over 31,000 internationally and currently has over 20,000 active certificates.
Standards and Guidelines
The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution is required to meet the joint technical testing standards of the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education. The program continues to comply with these standards of testing, which are currently the highest in the industry and is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. They also happen to be a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and their Flexible Endoscope and Management certification programs are accredited by the NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies)
Test Development and Administration
Kansas corporation PSI Services Inc. which has contracts with the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution Board provides all test administration services, which include, securing computerized exams, proctor selection, pencil exams, test site selection, examination scoring and reporting those scores to the CBSPD. In countries where computer testing is often unavailable, they will administer paper-pencil testing at approved test sites. In Spanish speaking countries, They’ll also have a translator made available, who will be able to translate the exam from English to Spanish or any other special testing needs that need to be accommodated.
Purpose of Certification
The certification programs purpose, which is published on their website, is to measure and ensure each individual meets all of the competency-based standards. These standards include:
- Protecting the public by ensuring safe and effective levels of practice.
- To educate and promote healthcare standards, which includes the certification of sterile and flexible endoscope processing personnel, which ensures safe and effective levels of practice.
- Encouraging continued education for healthcare professionals working in the sterile processing and flexible endoscope processing professions.
- Encouraging re-certification of individuals who were previously recognized as certified.
- Maintaining a public accessible certification registry.
- Promoting professional accountability.
The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution offers five levels of certification, which includes Technician, Surgical Instrument Specialist, Ambulatory Surgery Technician, Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor, and Management; the examinations for each level are given 4 times a year. Examinations within the United States can be taken on the computer, but some exams in the U.S. are still using the paper-pencil format, which is offered at test sites throughout the United States. There are currently more than 1,100 test sites throughout the country, which is also available in Canada and internationally.
Tech Exam Requirements
- Certification takes 12 months to complete.
- Requires a passing score of 70 or higher.
- Requires at least 6 months of full-time employment in