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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the course?

Central Sterilization Solutions CRCST Certification Course total cost is $2,500. This tuition includes online access, textbook, workbook, course materials and flash drive. 

How long is the in-class course?

With either Los Angeles or Riverside, both are 1 day a week for 2 hours. For a total of 14 weeks. Which is roughly spread out over 5 months. (we observe holidays and have some days off)

How long is the online course?

The online program is self paced. Whether it takes you a month or a year, it is taken at your leisure. Most students complete the online option in about 2-3 months, which is about twice as fast as the in-class program. (we recommend no less than a month to complete the course material and quizzes)

Does the course include the state exam?

Like other trade schools in this field, CSS does not include the state exam certification charge. The state exam cost $125. Taking the CSS CRCST Course dramatically increases students chances of passing the state exam.

How much is the state exam?

The state exam cost $125. Taking the CSS CRCST Course dramatically increases students chances of passing the state exam.

Do I need the state certification?

Most states require certification for employment. Currently California (which CSS currently operates) is not a state that requires state certification. With that being said, California is moving toward requiring all Sterile Processing Technicians (current or future) to have their state certification.

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Does CSS provide a location for volunteer hours?

Central Sterilization Solutions has many partners in the Southern California area. For insurance purposes, CSS does not disclose the current partnerships. Locations are given to students upon graduation of class.

How many hours are needed of volunteer work?

Students are required to complete 400 hours of hands on training.

Does CSS provide job placement?

Similar to other trade schools in this industry, Central Sterilization Solutions unfortunately does not provide job placement. What CSS does provide is resume building and interviewing skill role-plays, which has provided our students with a leg up against the competition.

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Is this stable job market?

Yes, the Sterile Processing department is a growing field. Positions for certified technicians are currently in demand because of state requirements. The requirement for sterile processing technicians is projected to grow 10% to 14% between 2016 and 2026. Much of this comes down to a rapidly aging Baby Boomer generation.

Is CSS accredited?

The course we teach is accredited by NCCA & ANSI. Our course material comes straight from IAHCSMM.

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