All AST Members Eligible to Take Advantage of 10 Free CEs

  • We have increased the amount of free CE for our members from 3 CEs to 10 CEs. All members will be able to take advantage of these benefits through December 31, 2020. You can find the 10 free CEs listed on your AST Member Dashboard or by visiting clicking on the Earn CE Now button. You must be signed into your account to view the free articles.

    AST & NBSTSA Partner to Waive Certification Renewal Fees

    AST recognizes the physical, emotional and financial hardships surgical technologists and surgical assistants are facing during the COVID-19 crisis. CSTs and CSFAs are performing surgical procedures on potentially infectious patients, serving on the front lines as PPE specialists, conducting COVID testing, and being assigned jobs outside their normal duties. Despite the hardships, maintaining the CST and CSFA credential is important, which is why AST has partnered with the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to jointly underwrite the $25 renewal fee for all CSTs and CSFAs whose certification renewal dates fall between March 15 and December 31, 2020.

    *CSTs and CSFAs still will need to complete and submit the NBSTSA’s certification renewal form as well as have earned the CE required for renewal.

    Complete your AST CE Reporting Form.

    For more information regarding extended certification cycles and for renewal requirements, please visit the NBSTSA website

    AST Staff Works Remote

    While we have made some adjustments for our staff to work remotely, we believe that these measures will allow us to continue providing uninterrupted service for your membership needs. Although we have taken steps to ensure there is no disruption for you to get in touch with our staff, we ask for your patience as we navigate these new parameters together.

    For direct assistance, you can continue to reach us from 8 am–4:30 pm MT through all the channels you normally do: email us at, call us at 800-637-7433 or connect with us via chat on

    We value your commitment to your patients and your profession, and we look forward to continuing to serve your membership needs.