Certification Exam Overview

Each of our programs prepares our students to take a certification exam after graduation. Depending on the program, students will take their exams through the CBSPD or the NCCT.

Students enrolled in our EKG Technician or Surgical Technologist programs can take their NCCT Certification Exams at Altamont Healthcare.

CBSPD Testing Process

The Central Board of Sterile Processing and Distribution hosts the certification exam for the following programs:

  • Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) Technician
  • Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing Technician (ERT)

The exam fee is $125 for each exam plus any convenience fees that may apply. Test sites may charge their own sitting fee on the day of the exam. Test dates and test sites can be found at the CBSPD website.

NCCT Test Sites and Locations

Our Stockton location is an NCCT-approved testing site.

The National Center for Competency Testing hosts the certification exams for the following programs:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician
  • Surgical Technologist (Tech in Surgery)

The fee for the EKG Technician Exam is $90 for current students or if you take the test within 6 months of graduation. If you wait longer than 6 months, the fee is $135.

The fee for the Surgical Technologist Exam is $155 for current students or if you take the test within 9 months of graduation. If you wait longer than 9 months, the fee is $195.

Our locations in Stockton and Bakersfield are certified NCCT testing sites. Students that take the exam through us will not need to pay a sitting fee. You can apply for your NCCT exam at their website.