As news about COVID-19 dominates media and public safety discussions at state and federal levels, we want you to know that since we are still two months away, we have no plans right now to cancel AST’s 51st Surgical Technology Conference occurring May 28-30, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Your safety is our top priority, however, and we recognize this as an extremely important and evolving situation. We will continue to monitor developments and base any decisions we make concerning our annual conference on the advice of health and safety experts. In addition, we are waiving all cancellation fees for our attendee registrants, and in the case the event is canceled, all attendee registrations will be refunded completely.

As an organization of healthcare professionals, AST recognizes the value that our members place on the importance of infection prevention practices not just when traveling, but every day. We will continue to provide updates. 

Holly Falcon, CST, FAST
AST President

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    When you have questions regarding your membership, AST is happy to reply. Below are listed the most common inquiries that we receive and you may find your answer here. If not, please contact us at Member Services, 800-637-7433 or by email.

  • Member FAQs

    What is Certification?
    The national certification exam and credential are offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting ( NBSTSA).  It administers the national certification exams and issues the certification for CSTs and CSFAs.

    • Four-Year Certification Cycle — CSTs
      Certified Surgical Technologist® (CST) must earn 60 CE credits before the four-year cycle expires to renew the credential.
    • Four-Year Certification Cycle — CSFAs
      Certified Surgical First Assistant® (CSFA) must earn 75 CE credits before the four-year cycle expires to renew the credential.

    After I have all my credits, what other steps do I need to do to recertify?

    Submit a renewal application to the NBSTSA.

    Is my AST membership included with my student ASA membership?

    No. The AST membership is $80, which is separate from the student ASA membership for $45.

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    Does AST accept college courses for CE credit?

    Yes, each college hour is worth 5 credits. Members need to earn the college credit within their membership and certification cycle. To see which classes are eligible for credits, go to page 14 and 15 of AST Continuing Education Policies for the CST and CSFA.

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