SPDT or SPD Tech stands for Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician. They are responsible for cleaning, sterilizing, storing, and distributing medical equipment. As a result, they act as an invaluable defense against the spread of diseases.

Cost of Enrollment: $610.00

Tuition & Externship: $3,000

Total Cost of Program: $3,610.00

Our certification program is designed to prepare you for both the CBSPD Certification Exam and the rigor of the healthcare industry. You do not need any prior experience in the healthcare industry or the medical field to enroll.

Our courses range from 5-10 weeks depending on the schedule of your choice. We offer a variety of schedules so you can choose the one that works for you.

  • Stockton offers day, night, and weekend classes
  • Bakersfield offers night and weekend classes.

To enroll in this course you must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED. You must provide a government ID and submit to a background check.

Are SPD Techs in demand right now?

The best time to become a certified sterile processing technician is all the time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare facilities have never been more concerned about sterilizing equipment and avoiding cross-contamination. In general, hospitals provide relatively high job security and great benefits. They will always be seeing patients, using medical tools, and performing surgeries; SPD Techs are essential to this process. The basic functioning of any hospital relies on the safe decontamination, sterilization, and distribution of medical tools. That is why Sterile Processing is sometimes referred to as the “heart” of the hospital.

Many SPDT positions are flexible, affording graduates the opportunity for full-time, part-time, per diem, and even traveling roles for hospitals, healthcare facilities, research laboratories, and private corporations. SPD Techs can expect to make about $50,000 per year, with top earners making over $73,000!

Program Features

Our programs offer unrivaled speed, affordability, and flexibility. Each course is led by an experienced teacher who will prepare you to pass the board exam and give you the tools you need to succeed as an SPD tech.

All students will receive:

  1. Textbook and uniform
  2. A comprehensive review for the board exam
  3. A BLS/CPR certification course
  4. An in-house career workshop to improve your resume and interview skills.

Altamont Healthcare graduates who have passed the board exam are eligible for our exclusive externship program. This program provides hands-on experience in a real medical facility and the opportunity to impress potential employers with your dedication and performance.

SPD + ERT Promotion

Starting Fall 2021, we’ll waive your ERT Registration fee when you co-enroll in SPD. Combined with our Option 1 discount, you could save up to $545.00 while boosting your earning potential and making yourself more attractive to employers.

The ERT certification in addition to our SPD program gives you a head start in the field. SPD Techs that earn ERT certifications open themselves to greater job opportunities, stand out to employers during the hiring process, and can negotiate better salaries than SPD Techs without it. 

Flexible Tuition Payments

We are committed to serving our local communities. We are proud to provide one of the nation’s most affordable tuition rates among SPD certification programs. We offer several different payment plans and discounts that can be found here. If none of our payment plans seem within your reach, we would be happy to talk with you and figure out a plan that works for you.

Another pathway to limit the cost for students is the Certification Course Reimbursement Program. With this program, students can be reimbursed for the cost of the SPD program when they agree to travel and relocate for Steris IMS and be employed with the company for at least one year. Eligible students must complete the course with a grade of at least 80 percent and successfully complete the externship program.

Learn From the Best

At Altamont Healthcare, you will be taught by certified and experienced instructors who love their work. We partner with hospitals where you will visit an actual Sterile Processing Department to get first-hand experience, interaction, and education with sterile processing technicians, managers, and nurses. Our curriculum ensures that you’ll fully understand the sterilization process and the importance of maintaining a high quality of care and dedication at each level of the department. Our program is approved and recommended by all hospitals nationwide because we are recognized by the Certification Board of Sterile Processing.

Summer 2022 SPDT Schedule

We are offering 4 SPD Classes in Summer 2022:

  • 2 Weekday Classes:
    • MWF: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
    • TTH: Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Night Class: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
  • Weekend Class: Fridays & Saturdays

MWF Day Class Details:

  • Start Date: June 6, 2022
  • End Date: July 11, 2022
  • Mondays & Wednesdays from 8 AM to 5 PM; Fridays from 8 AM – 12 PM
  • 20 hrs/week for 5 weeks of class
  • Orientation on Monday 05/23/2022 @ 10 AM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – Jun. 6, 2022
    • 2nd – Jun. 20, 2022
    • 3rd – Jul. 5, 2022

TTH Day Class Details

  • Start Date: May 17, 2022
  • End Date: June 28, 2022
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8 AM to 5 PM
  • 16 hrs/week for 6 weeks of class
  • Orientation on Tuesday 05/10/2022 @ 10 AM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – May 17, 2022
    • 2nd – Jun. 7, 2022
    • 3rd – Jun. 21, 2022

Night Class Details:

  • Start Date: May 16, 2022
  • End Date: June 30, 2022
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
  • 15 hrs/week for 7 weeks of class
  • Orientation on Monday 05/09/2022 @ 5:30 PM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – May 16, 2022
    • 2nd – Jun. 6, 2022
    • 3rd – Jun. 21, 2022

Weekend Class Details:

  • Start Date: May 13, 2022
  • End Date: July 2, 2022
  • Fridays from 8 AM to 1 PM; Saturdays from 8 AM – 5 PM
  • 13 hrs/week for 7 weeks
  • Orientation on Friday 05/06/2022 @ 10 AM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – May 13, 2022
    • 2nd – May 27, 2022
    • 3rd – Jun. 24, 2022

Spring 2022 SPDT Schedule

Holidays & Dates to Remember

  • May 30: Memorial Day
  • CBSPD Boards: May 2-7, 2022
    • Applications Deadline: April 26, 2022

MWF Day Class Details:

  • Start Date: February 28, 2022
  • End Date: April 1, 2022
  • Mondays & Wednesdays from 8 AM to 5 PM; Fridays from 8 AM – 12 PM
  • 20 hrs/week for 5 weeks of class (7 calendar weeks w/holidays)
  • Orientation on Monday 02/21/2022 @ 10 AM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – Feb. 28, 2022
    • 2nd – Mar. 11, 2022
    • 3rd – Mar. 23, 2022

TTH Day Class Details: Class Canceled

  • Start Date: February 22, 2022
  • End Date: April 5, 2022
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8 AM to 5 PM
  • 16 hrs/week for 6 weeks of class (7 calendar weeks w/holidays)
  • Orientation on Tuesday 02/15/2022 @ 10 AM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – Feb. 22, 2022
    • 2nd – Mar. 15, 2022
    • 3rd – Mar. 29, 2022

Night Class Details:

  • Start Date: February 21, 2022
  • End Date: April 12, 2022
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
  • 15 hrs/week for 7 weeks of class (10 weeks w/holidays)
  • Orientation on Monday 02/14/2022 @ 5:30 PM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – Feb. 21, 2022
    • 2nd – Mar. 14, 2022
    • 3rd – Mar. 28, 2022

Weekend Class Details:

  • Start Date: February 11, 2022
  • End Date: April 2, 2022
  • Fridays from 8 AM to 1 PM; Saturdays from 8 AM – 5 PM
  • 13 hrs/week for 7 weeks
  • Orientation on Friday 02/04/2022 @ 10 AM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – Feb. 11, 2022
    • 2nd – Mar. 4, 2022
    • 3rd – Mar. 25, 2022

Class orientation will typically be held about a week before the class begins. You will receive orientation details via your student portal and email notification. If you have not received orientation details 3 days before your orientation date, please message our staff or contact our office at 209-817-8035.

Enrollments are open until the class start date; however, late enrollments are permitted on a case-by-case basis.

Note: These locations are where classes are physically held. If you are comfortable with full-distance learning, we can enroll you in the class of your choice, regardless of where you are.


Take advantage of our easy payment plans! We are committed to partnering up with you and your goal of having a dependable and rewarding career in healthcare. As a result, our tuition rates are some of the most affordable in the nation.

We want to ease the financial burdens that might keep you from enrolling in our programs. Accordingly, we offer flexible payment options with discounts that can fit almost anyone’s budget. If our rates or plans still fall outside of your budget, we’re happy to create a custom payment plan that works with you!


Registration Fee (Non-refundable): $250.00
Manuals (Subject to change; non-refundable when already ordered): $125.00
Materials and Lab Fee (Non-refundable upon removal from packaging.): $225.00
Tuition + Externship (Refundable subject to Rules and Procedure below):
Passing the certification exam is a requirement for enrollment in externship.
Student Tuition Recovery Fund Fee (Non-Refundable; $0.50 for every $1,000 rounded to the nearest $1,000): $10.00


All payment plans below do not include registration and book fees. The payment plans are based on the tuition rate of $3,000.00

Option #1: Full payment entitles students to 10% discount on tuition payment. ($2,700.00)

Option #2: Pay one installment of 1/3 of the tuition($1,000.00) then pay the remaining amount in a second installment with a 5% discount ($1,900.00)

Option #3: Tuition is paid in three equal terms of $1,000.00 per installment.

*All payments made after their designated due dates will be charged a late payment fee of $20.00 regardless of balance.

Special Payment Options Available! Do none of these payment options suit you? Give us a call at (209) 817-8035 and our administrators would be happy to create a custom payment schedule that works for you!.

We accept payments through Paypal, cashier’s check, money order, or credit/debit card.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards.

Altamont Healthcare is a cashless business. We will not accept in-person payments made with cash.


  1.  Must be at least 18 years old
  2.  Must have a High School Diploma or GED.
    • ​Associate’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, Master’s degrees, etc. also accepted!

Required Documents:

  1. Valid Government Issued Picture ID
  2. Proof of meeting the above education requirements

We Help You Prepare for Your New Sterile Processing Career

If you want to become a Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician, we are here to help you achieve your goals. We understand how difficult this examination can be and want to make sure you are as ready as you can be to improve your chances of success. Our instructors want you to succeed and will do everything they can to give you the best chance of passing. For the very first time, we are offering a  certification examination review for those who are intending to take the certification examination!

Board Examination Review

Before you become a Certified Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician, you need to pass an examination to ensure you have the knowledge necessary to perform well in the field. There are strict regulations that dictate how to perform this job properly. At Altamont Healthcare, we offer an examination review designed to work around your schedule in both home and work through a comprehensive online format. The content of the review goes over all important topics that will appear in the board exam, quizzes along with each topic, and 4 practice tests that are made up of over 400 board-exam type questions. This will further prepare you to take and pass the certification board examination. We understand how overwhelming this examination can be and we want to make sure you have all the tools to pass it.

Sterile Processing review content

During the SPDT examination review, we will cover all of the information you need to pass the board examination. The review content is based on the book, The Basic’s of Sterile Processing 5th Edition by Nancy Chobin. The Sterile Processing Board Examination this review is geared towards is the examination through the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution which is a 5- year certification. While we can’t teach all the concepts in this short period of time, we can help you review the information you’ve already learned to ensure you can more easily remember it when you take your examination. Our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have and help you understand the concepts that may be difficult for you to grasp.

The course has 3 modules aimed to hit the main focus points of the examination and clarify confusing concepts. Additionally, there are 3 sets of 100-item  examinations with multiple-choice questions, designed to give each reviewee a feel for the actual board examinations. Basically, this review will improve your ability to identify the right answer when faced with analytical and situational-type of questions.

  • Module 1 (Ethics & Life Sciences)
  • Module 2  (Decontamination & Preparation and Packaging)
  • Module 3 (Sterilization, Storage & Distribution)
  • Practice Exams (4 sets of 100-item exams)

Registration and Log In

Our Comprehensive Online Review course is available to all our students and alumni. Your instructor will provide you with a link to this review at the end of the course.

Contact us today to learn more.

Stockton Campus

Khristiane Cruz, MD, Sterile Processing Instructor/ Operations

Khristiane joined Altamont Healthcare in 2018. He is Board Certified in Sterile Processing & Endoscopic Reprocessing. When not instructing he assists in office operations. Khristiane also holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology and a Medical Degree in Medicine. His passion to teach and dedication to his students is what makes him remarkable as an instructor.

Education: BA in Biology, Far Eastern University, Philippines, 1999
Doctor of Medicine, Far Eastern University, Philippines, 2004
Board-certified in Sterile Processing Tech, CBSPD, 2018
Board-certified in Endoscope Reprocessing Tech, CBSPD, 2019

Bakersfield Campus

Debbie Williams, CRSCT
Weekend SPD Instructor

Debbie is a down-to-earth, easy-going, veteran Sterile Processing tech. She currently works at Kern Medical in Bakersfield, CA as a lead. Sterile processing is her career life. She has worked with multiple facilities in a variety of positions within the department and is very knowledgeable in the inner and outer workings of the department. She has teaching credits and finds teaching SPD students a very fulfilling and enjoyable endeavor. Her goal is to impart the best know-how for budding SPD newcomers to succeed in Sterile Processing in whatever circumstance they are in life. Her teaching platform is enhancing learning by presenting everyday activities that is relatable to Sterile Processing. She is an excellent mentor and friend, all in one!

Laurie Kharazi, CSPDT
Night SPD InstructorSPD Instructor

Laurie is an Altamont alumnus and wears many hats for Altamont. She specialized in Office/Business Administration for years when she got a postcard in the mail about becoming a Sterile Processing Tech. Working as a part time student, part time School Admininstrative Associate, she aced her Sterile Processing Tech international CBSPD board exams and accepted the offer to teach the course she did so well. Laurie has led her students to 100% passing in the board exams and will continue to do so as this is her teaching goal: To approach each student in their own level of understanding and get them to pass the CBSPD certification board exams! She also coordinates our Bakersfield Externship Program.

What does a Sterile Processing  & Distribution Technician (SPDT) do?
The sterile processing and distribution technician decontaminates, inspects, assembles, and sterilizes instruments and surgical trays. The technician also manages inventory control, order and supplies, inspects, maintains, delivers and retrieves equipment and instruments for the surgery suite, emergency room and intensive care units, thus  ensuring the efficient management storage and maintenance of medical devices.

How can you become a  certified  Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician or SPDT?
1. You need to complete an approved  Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician certification course.
2. Take the course at a school that helps find or offer an externship program. Make sure that your school or instructor is accredited by any of the two accreditation agencies: (1.) CBSPD, Inc or (2.) International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).
3. After completing a minimum of 80 hours of training through a CBSPD, Inc. certified program; or 400 hours through an IAHCSMM program; you may take the national certification examination for Sterile Processing and Distribution Technicians in your school’s recommended testing center.

Where do Sterile Processing Technicians work?
Physicians’ offices, clinics, surgical centers, and hospitals are just some of the organizations in which Sterile Processing Technicians are providing services.

How much do Sterile Processing & Distrbution Technicians (SPDTs) make?
The starting salary for an SPDT is at about $35,000 to $60,000 in California depending on employer, experience level and location.

Why choose Altamont Healthcare’s Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician Certification Program?
Altamont Healthcare is the ONLY SPDT Certifcation program in San Joaquin County. This program prepares the graduates for eligibility for the national certifying examination given by the Certification Board of Sterile Processing and Distribution or CBSPD, Inc.

How long is the program?
The program consists of a minimum of 100 hours of classroom time, and optional externship to either a school-based affiliation or an approved facility of student’s choice. Currently, we have 3 Class options. The Day Class runs for 5- 6 weeks while the Night Class runs for 7 weeks and a Weekend Class that spans 10 weeks.

How much does the program cost?
The total program cost is $2,400.00. This includes Registration, Lab, Book and Materials, Uniform, Student Insurance and CPR/BLS Certification.

Do you offer Student Loans?

No. We do offer easy  Payment Options customized to your needs. Please contact us for more information to know which type of payment plan best suits your needs.

What are the prerequisites?
• You must be 18 years or older
• Have a High School Diploma or GED
• A current CPR/BLS certificate  is included in the course

How can I enroll in the program?
Class size is limited to 25 students. To reserve a seat, fill out the enrollment form or send us an email at info@altamonthealthcare.com to begin the enrollment process.

What are the other names of Sterile Processing Technicians?
– Sterile Processing Technologist
– Sterile Processing and Decontamination Technologist
– Central Sterile Supply Technician
– Sterilization Technician
– Sterile Preparation Technician

What are the States that give highest salaries?
– Denver, Colorado
– Houston, Texas
– Austin, Texas
– Atlanta, Georgia
– Saint Louis, Missouri
– Chicago, Illinois
– Baltimore, Maryland
– Tampa, Florida
– Los Angeles, California
– Boston, Massachusetts
– Springfield, Massachusetts

How does location influence a Sterile Processing Technician’s salary?
Finally, the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution’s 2008 Salary Survey found that salary and wage expectations could differ depending on the regional location within the US that a Sterile Processing Technician is employed in. Salaries and wages frequently vary according to region because of the fact that local economic conditions, population densities, and public and private demands for medical and health care services differ between geographic locations.

These are then recent hourly wage findings for SPTs and other surgical processing and distribution professionals across various regions throughout the nation: Southeast ($15.09/hr), Mid-West ($16.49/hr), South Central ($17.32/hr), Mid-Atlantic ($17.62/hr), Northeast ($17.77/hr), Mountain ($18.44/hr), West Coast ($19.01/hr) and North Central ($19.92/hr).

What is the projected career growth for Sterile Processing Technicians?
Currently it is expected that the demand for Sterile Processing Technicians will increase by 10-14% over the next few years.

Ready to apply? Follow the instructions below.

  1. Scan or photograph your required documents:
    • Your high school diploma/GED/transcript (or equivalent)
    • A valid government-issued photo ID
  2. Read the school catalog and the appropriate SPFS document for your program. You will be required to sign the SPFS later in the enrollment process.
  3. Fill out the online application. Click here to begin.
  4. Pay the application fee (*non-refundable)
  5. Wait 1-3 business days for processing.

Once you have paid the fee, your application will be reviewed and you will receive an email with login credentials for our Student Portal. When you receive the email:

  • Log in to the student portal at https://server18.orbund.com/einstein-freshair/index.jsp
  • Fill out the info in your Account & Profile.
    • TIP: If you add your signature to your Account & Profile page, you can auto-sign your enrollment form. This makes signing and initialing the e-document much easier!
  • Complete, sign, and submit your enrollment form.

Enrollments may be done online, over the phone, or in person. In-person and over-the-phone enrollments are done by appointment only.

If you are applying for the Surgical Technologist program, you must complete an interview with an Admissions Officer to complete the application process. To schedule an interview, please contact our office.

*A non-refundable application fee of $250 must be paid after your complete your application. If you do not pay this fee, you will not receive a portal login or the required enrollment documents. The course fees and tuition will be charged to your account once you have submitted your enrollment forms.

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