Mission Statement of the Florida State Assembly

To support all Florida Surgical Technologists and Surgical First Assistants to provide the highest level of patient care. To encourage all members to continue their education and maintain the necessary skill level to meet the demands of increasing technology and advanced surgical techniques that are current on a local and national level, while successfully promoting our future professionals.

Testing Fees for Renewal

CURRENT OR PREVIOUS CERTIFIED SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST (CST) and/or Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) renewing certification by examination.

Current AST/ASA Members:
Processing Fee Examination Fee Total Fee
$60 $339 $399
Non-Members:
Processing Fee Examination Fee Total Fee
$60 $439 $499

Renewal By Continuing Education Credits

CSTs must earn 60 credits within their renewal cycle to renew their credential.

CSFAs must earn 75 credits within their renewal cycle to renew their credential.

Individuals who hold both credentials (CST/CSFAs) must earn 75 credits within their renewal cycle to renew both credentials. Only a
CSFA Renewal Application must be submitted to renew both.

Renewing your credential is a two-step process:
1.) Submit required CE credits to AST and 2.) submit the appropriate renewal form to the NBSTSA with the renewal fee. If you have any questions, please contact AST (800-637-7433 or www.ast.org) or The NBSTSA (800-707-0057).

The responsibility is yours to mail your renewal application in a timely manner, especially if you are required by your employer and/or state law to be certified. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for the NBSTSA to process your application and mail your new certificate and card. You may choose to add rush processing for your application for an
additional $50 charge. Rush processing is a guaranteed 3 to 5 business days in the office before we mail your new documents. If you pay the total fee by credit/debit Visa or MasterCard or a money order, your documents will be mailed immediately. If you pay the total fee by check, your documents will be held for mailing for 10 business days until your check has officially cleared through our bank. You may elect rush processing for your application; however, NBSTSA will not honor requests to e-mail or fax notification to employers that an application was received for processing. We cannot give information to a 3rd party regarding unprocessed applications. If you need to prove to an employer that you submitted your application and have the required credits on file, you may call the NBSTSA on speakerphone so your employer can hear us confirm receipt of your application. As soon as your renewal has been processed in the database, it can be verified under the Verify Credentials section of this website or your employer can call us at 800-707-0057.

Late Renewal

Individuals renewing their credential beyond the expiration date (late renewal) may do so by one of the following methods:

  • Retake and pass the national certifying examination and pay all appropriate fees.
  • Submit required credits and pay all appropriate late fees (see the “Policy for late renewal” within this section below).

IMPORTANT: Individuals whose certification has lapsed will be issued a new certification number upon satisfying renewal requirements.
Note that if continuing education credit requirements were not satisfied (meaning that the correct amount of hours were not earned within the renewal cycle), the policy does not apply and thecertification examination must be taken for renewal.

Policy for late renewal

Renewal Rationale

  • Rapid changes in the operative arena necessitate ongoing and frequent assessment of continuing competence of the surgical
    technologist and surgical first assistant.
  • Similar to standards established in comparable medical/nursing/allied health professions, the NBSTSA has determined that a four year re-certification cycle is appropriate in the assessment of continuing competence of the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) and Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA).
  • Effective January 1, 2009 all candidates successfully acquiring certification as a surgical technologist or surgical first assistant
    through the NBSTSA will be required to demonstrate continuing competence and credential renewal via a four year re-certification cycle.
  • Continuing competence and credential renewal for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) or Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) may be accomplished via submission of continuing education credits or
    re-examination.

NBSTSA Renewal Statistics: Certified Surgical Technologists (CSTs) and Certified Surgical First Assistants (CSFAs)

2014 Renewal Statistics

CSFA Renewal Statistics

531 possible renewal candidates in 2014. Of these, 457 renewed. The national renewal percentage for 2014 is 86%

CST Renewal Statistics

9, 262 possible renewal candidates in 2014. Of these, 6,242 renewed. The national renewal percentage for 2014 is 67%.

2014 Certification Statistics

August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014 (Examination Form Year)

CSFA Examination Statistics

601 examinees took the Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) examination for the reporting period. Of these, 370 passed. The
national pass rate is 61.6%.

CST Examination Statistics

10,707 examinees took the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for the reporting period. Of these, 7,476 passed. The national pass rate is 69.8%.

CST Web Based Testing Statistics

6,907 examinees took the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for the reporting period on campus. Of these, 5,138 passed. The pass rate for Web Based Candidates is 74.4%.

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