More Than Three Decades Strong: The RPSGT Credential


Vol. 20 • Issue 8 • Page 14

Sleep Tracks

After more than three decades, the registered polysomnographic technologist credential continues to gain momentum in the field of sleep medicine and remains the gold standard for sleep technologists.

Over the last five years, the number of RPSGTs has grown at an average rate of 14 percent each year, now totaling 17,000 RPSGTs worldwide. In June 2010, the RPSGT exam became available on demand, allowing candidates to take the test on a date of their choosing with the exam results delivered immediately upon completion of the test. At press time, 1,694 RPSGT candidates have tested on demand, and the volume of applications remains strong.

RPSGT recertification under way

In January, the first group of RPSGTs began a structured recertification process to renew their credential. At the beginning of June, 3,818 RPSGTs had opened a recertification portal; 1,134 had successfully completed the online recertification process. And 53,257 CECs – 25.4 years of continuing education – had been entered into the system.

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BRPT remains firmly committed to recertification for all RPSGTs, the majority of whom have embraced the process and value the importance of continuing education in this evolving allied health discipline. It’s critically important that all RPSGTs update their address and email address in the certificant database at
brpt.org to ensure they receive reminders about expiration of their credential.

Over the past several months, BRPT has heard from a large number of RPSGTs concerned about their ability to acquire 50 CECs in the categories required in the original recertification guidelines. Many provided suggestions to make the online recertification process easier and more accommodating for individual users. BRPT found this input valuable in making the recertification process as straightforward and manageable as possible.

To that end, in June BRPT eliminated the requirement that CECs for recertification be earned within specific categories. RPSGTs now are required only to earn 50 CECs over a five-year period. There are no limits on the number of CECs earned by specific program or activity type. In addition, BRPT has added operational enhancements to the online recertification platform.

Here is a snapshot of the modifications and upgrades: RPSGTs with 50 approved CECs can complete the recertification process anytime within a six-month window in advance of the recertification date specified on their current certificate.

The recertification “clock” is as follows: If your recertification date is Jan. 1, 2012, and you recertify on July 1, 2011, your new recertification date is Jan. 1, 2017. However, you still have the ability to begin earning CECs right away. You do not have to wait until Jan. 1, 2012, to begin earning CECs towards your next recertification cycle.

Upon successful completion of the recertification process, RPSGTs will have the ability to print an electronic certificate and opt out of receiving a new hard-copy certificate.

The recertification software now tallies total CECs earned within a five-year recertification cycle. The tally (“Certification Summary”) does not stop at the 50 CECs required to recertify.

New continuing education program

On July 1, BRPT launched its Continuing Sleep Technology Education (CSTE) Program establishing BRPT as a CEC granting organization. The CSTE program facilitates the approval of high quality continuing education opportunities to meet the professional needs of sleep technicians and technologists, and enhances their ability to earn CECs for RPSGT recertification.

High quality continuing education opportunities are an integral part of a sleep technologist’s professional development. In a dynamic and rapidly changing field, it’s critical that all technologists remain up to date. All educational programs considered for approval by BRPT should be relevant to the scope of practice of sleep technologists, including the areas addressed by BRPT exam content and general sleep medicine education.

Educational programs that cover new technology and its application in the delivery of sleep medicine will be considered. Courses and/or programs related to education, supervision, management, medical ethics, and the legal aspects of health care also may be acceptable.

For more information on applying for CSTE through the BRPT, visit brpt.org.

Janice East, RPSGT, R. EEG T., is president of the BRPT board of directors.