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As a CST, you are a part of an exclusive group of surgical techs to earn this credential. You make us proud!
Because you are a member, we automatically record credits,
keep them on file during your certification period, transfer them to
the NBSTSA when it’s time to renew and send you an annual CE credit letter to
keep you updated. Need help? Contact us by phone, email or chat.
Please note: Due to the amount of CEs that AST receives, please expect processing times to be at least 10-15 business days of receipt.
The vast majority of all CE credits processed by AST for CSTs for CSFAs are earned through one or more of the ways listed below. None of these are subject to a processing fee.
• AST Distance CE (journal tests or CE packages)
• Hospital Inservices
• Live lectures at AST state assemblies, national conference and others, such as ACS Congress
• College Courses
• Healthcare Manufacturer's Live Events. AST now accepts CE credits that are offered at lives events that have been planned and are sponsored and advertised by healthcare manufacturers - referred to as commercial interest organizations (CIO). However, in order for the CE credits to be accepted by AST, the live program must be approved by AST and the program must be relevant to the practice of surgical technology or surgical first assisting. Live events are stand-alone events, such as forums or hands-on workshops that are the sole responsibility of the CIO to plan and market as well as offer the CE credits, and are held at the location of the CIO's choice.
CE credit fees
These only apply to a very small percentage of credits earned through commercial providers due to the increased time and resources required to research and assess CE credits earned through those providers, particularly those CE credits offered by
commercial businesses that contract with healthcare facilities, and now live events.
Members: See above for any additional fee for processing CE credits excluding AST tests.
Nonmembers: Nonmembers may be subject to a processing fee at the time of submission.
Money orders, personal checks, institutional checks, Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are accepted. Checks payable to AST.
CE Reporting Form
EXAMPLE - Filled-inCE Reporting Form
AST Continuing Education Policies for the CST and CSFA
The A to Z on Continuing Education and Recertification