Central Service Technician, Continuing Education Certificate

Central Service Technicians (also called Sterile Processors) decontaminate, disinfect, package, sterilize and distribute surgical instruments, equipment and soft good products. This is a critical support role in surgical areas.

CCBC currently has a US Department of Labor grant enabling qualified  and admitted students to enroll in the program (with some extra course requirements) at no cost.  Please contact CEHealthGrant@ccbcmd.edu for information.

Program objectives

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will earn a CCBC Workforce Training Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential:

The Central Service Technician Training Series is designed to meet the requirements of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materials Management (IAHCSMM). Students will be prepared to take the national certification exam to become a Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST).

Certifying Organization:

International Association of Health Care Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM)


Financial Aid and Payment Options

Baltimore County College Promise
Maryland Promise
Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development
Students may apply for a career training scholarship through Central Scholarship (http://www.central-scholarship.org/)

Program Length

6-15 months; 4 cohorts offered each year

Program Requirements

Student must be 18 years or older and have a High School Diploma. All students must be computer literate and have Internet access. 

Students must have the following paperwork uploaded to https://discover.castlebranch.com by the end of the Central Service Technician Classroom class. After registering for the course, students will receive an email with instructions for uploading documents. 

  • Medical Exam Report signed by your physician
  • Negative PPD (6 months) or negative chest x-ray (one year)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella vaccination
  • Current flu vaccination
  • Hep B vaccination or declination form 
  • Tetanus shot (less than 10 years)
  • Health insurance card
  • CPR for Healthcare Providers verification
  • Drug test
  • Background check

Application Process

To apply, go to ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.


Open Entry, but enrollment is limited.  Students must attend an information session and be accepted into the program. Please email CEHealthGrant@ccbcmd.edu for dates.


Please email CEHealthGrant@ccbcmd.edu for information session dates.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum, or successful completion of a CCBC placement or challenge exam.  A maximum of 37 program hours may be earned from prior learning.

Recommended Program Course Sequence

CPR and First Aid classes REQUIRE 100% attendance. Students arriving late to class will not be admitted. Late arrival to or early exit from class will also result in a failing grade and no refund.  Students will then be required to retake the class at their expense.

Course Number



Course Hours






Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

AHE 534   



AHE 124  

Medical Terminology for Health Occupations



Medical Terminology for Health Occupations ONLINE






T- $99/F - $230






Book is required.  Please contact CEHealth@ccbcmd.edu for more details.

Programmed Learning Approach to Medical Terminology, Third Edition​ Price is approximately $87.95​



AHE 805  

CPR for Health Care Providers



T- $33/F- $76

Textbook provided on first day of class, included in program 

AHL 045   ​Central Service Technician Classroom 72​ $769
T- $231F- $538
Textbook provided on first day of class, included in program 
AHL 046   ​Central Service Technician Clinical I ​100


T- $99/F- $230

AHL 047 ​Central Service Technician Clinical II 100​



AHL 048   ​Central Service Technician Clinical III 100​



AHL 049   ​Central Service Technician Clinical IV ​100



 Program Series Total: 509

​ $2195



All courses must be finished for successful completion

Additional Information

Additional Expenses:
Students may need to purchase scrubs for clinical placement.  Cost of medical exam and vaccinations/titers required for clinical placement can vary widely depending on provider and insurance.  These possible additional expenses could range from $50 - $500. 

Course Substitutions:​Medical Terminology AHE 534 or AHE 124 can be substituted with OFAD/MDAS ​ 141, or ALHL 115, or AHL 717

Skills for Success:
See Technical Standards at end of document.

Career Opportunities:
Students may have the opportunity to move into a position that is more material/inventory related, teach, or become supervisors in central processing departments.  Membership in the International Association of Healthcare Central Services Material Management (IACSHMM) is recommended.

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Program Contact Information

​For more information contact CEHealthGrant@ccbcmd.edu

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for CCBC's Central Service Technician Training Series
The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County's Central Service Technician Training Series is to adequately prepare students for an entry-level position in the sterile processing department functioning as a central service technician.  The duties of a CS Technician require the ability to stand or sit for long hours while constantly being focused on the task at hand.  They need to exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, materials, and communicable diseases.  Their duties also require them to be detail oriented and to work accurately and quickly.  A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and integrity are vital.  

Central Service Technicians (CSTs) are responsible for processing surgical supplies and equipment.  CSTs provide support to patient care services in a health care facility.  Their tasks include decontaminating, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilizing, storing, and distributing medical devices and supplies.

Following is a partial listing of the types of skills typically required for adequate job performance:

Physical Requirements:
A.    Sufficient strength and mobility to: 

  •    Lift or otherwise maneuver large instrument trays weighing up to 30 pounds
  •     Stand or sit in one area for long periods of time
  •     Work quickly to meet deadlines and/or production requirements

B.    Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise tasks such as:

  •     Handle delicate surgical instruments
  •     Safely handle sharp instruments 
  •     Handle instruments and equipment that may be costly to replace if damaged
  •     Perform basic repairs to instrumentation 
  •     Clean and assemble instrumentation

C.    Adequate vision to:

  •     Read and interpret digital or paper displays on machinery
  •     Adequate distinction of colors to read and interpret sterilization indicators 
  •     Read instruction sheets and computer screens

D.    Sufficient hearing to:

  •     Hear and understand verbal instructions in person and over the telephone under noisy conditions from masked personnel
  •     Hear alarms and operating noises of equipment

Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:
A.     Have the ability to: 

  •     Work in a professional manner under sometimes extremely stressful situations
  •     Pay close attention to detail and recordkeeping
  •     Commitment to learning and understanding new technologies, instrumentation, and procedures
  •     Commitment to following approved standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures
  •     Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds
  •     Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgments
  •     Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession
  •     Accurately utilize all resource material available to remain current in the profession, including attending departmental in-service training
  •     Maintain a surgical conscience/professional morality in the application of infection control techniques
  •     Willingness to precept (train) others 
  •     Commitment to working shifts as assigned, which may include on-call, holidays, and weekends

B.    Sufficient communication skills to:

  •     Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  •     Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  •     Follow proper channels of communication 
  •     Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  •     Communicate clearly and effectively to any team members regarding issues that may be difficult to address (i.e. problem with machinery that could affect sterilization; admission of own errors, etc.)

Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  •     Ability to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills
  •     Exercise independent judgment to properly perform tasks at hand
  •     Accurately utilize all resource material available to perform the task at hand 
  •     Work calmly and efficiently in a fast-paced, stressful environment
  •     Maintain calm during emergency situations
  •     Perform duties while exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials 
  •     Accept feedback from others in an open and positive way
  •     Learn from mistakes

Environment Requirements:

  •     The central service technician profession involves risks and/or discomforts that require special safety precautions including, but not limited to:
  •     Wearing gowns, caps, masks, gloves, and eye protection
  •     Working in an environment that is often noisy 
  •     Working in an environment that exposes one to potentially hazardous materials, such as cleaning agents and chemicals and blood-borne pathogens
  •     Providing proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella
  •     Receiving Hepatitis B vaccine and annual testing for exposure to tuberculosis
  •     Submitting to periodic drug screening