Central Sterilization Technician Recertification

The Central Sterilization Technician Recertification Training Program is designed to update the credential of healthcare professionals. The program will provide employed healthcare professionals with the skills necessary to meet the New York state law requiring certification. The Central Sterilization program will address various topics related to the cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of patient equipment. The program will assist the students to understand the basic hard skills necessary to provide a safe product for patient use.

New York State Requirements:
  • State of New York Bill 878-A requires healthcare professionals who successfully passed a Nationally Accredited Central Sterilization examination for Central Sterilization Technician to maintain credentialing.
  • State and local healthcare agencies shall not employ or contract for services unless the employee is certified.
  • State and local healthcare facilities must provide evidence that a person employed is certified and maintained the required continual education credit on an annual basis.
  • Central Sterilization Technician must complete classroom and on hand experience prior to sitting for the certification examination.
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Course Schedule

Days & Times


9:00 AM -4:00 PM

Program Length

10 Weeks

Start / End Dates


Earn Your Certification

Upon successful completion, students receive a Certificate of Completion from the State University of New York.

Certification: CSPDT Certification (CBSPD Certification Board).

Program Outline and Courses

Name Description Hours
Central Sterilization Technician Core Competencies This course introduces fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in healthcare professions. In addition to the essential skills, students will explore the roles and functions of the central service department, safety regulations, state and federal regulations, methods of quality assurance, material safety data requirements, and the purpose of a procedure manual and organizational structure. Competencies include decontamination, preparation and packaging, inspection, sterilization, and storage of patient equipment. 60

Dress & Appearance

As a healthcare professional, you will be expected to adhere to accepted standards of appearance and hygiene in class.
Uniform scrubs and comfortable sneakers are required. Facial piercings must be removed, nails must be kept short (fake nails and polish are prohibited).

Student Expenses

Estimated Fees:
1 pair white or black clinical shoes or sneakers - $62
1 earphones/headset - $10
1 3-ring binder - $6
1 flash (thumb) drive - $5 

Required Medical Assessments and Immunization Records

Waived if employed.


Daily attendance is mandatory. 100% is expected. You are expected to maintain attendance as if you were in an employment situation.

Admissions Eligibilty

You must:

  • Be a New York State resident.
  • Be an adult who is at least 17 years of age or older. If you are 17, you are required to show proof such as a high school diploma or equivalency.
  • NOT hold any academic degrees -- associate's, bachelor's, master's, etc. -- or more than 33 college credits. 
  • Have a limited household income and meet income guidelines 
    Click here for -> Eligibility Table - Economic Guidelines(431 KB)
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee. You must provide a green card or I-94 document if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  • Provide proof of employment and previous certification
  • Provide a resume and 2 letters of recommendation (personal and professional) after eligibility has been determined.

Admissions Process

  1. Complete an application online at our website: buffalo.edu/eoc
  2. Bring in the required documents listed on the "How to Enroll in UBEOC" sheet.
  3. Interview with faculty and register.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q: Why is Medical Skill Preparation Lab a prerequisite?
Medical skill prep lab will provide students with information regarding healthcare expectations (health physical requirements to include drug/alcohol testing, criminal background checks, healthcare professions, customer service requirements, and critical thinking and skills.

Q: Why is time and attendance important to this program?
A: Within healthcare, patients rely on the caregivers to provide good quality care. Therefore, in order to meet the needs of the population that we serve, punctuality is essential. The program is designed to build these skills.

Q: If I attend prerequisite classes during the summer, will I be required to enroll in similar courses during the first quarter?

A: Yes, the prerequisite classes may not be all inclusive of the required courses; therefore, the student should contact the faculty overseeing the programs.

Q: Why are computer courses essential?
A: Computer skills are essential within healthcare professions due to the evolution of electronic medical records and patients' documentation.

Q: How essential are the prerequisite courses (Introduction to Healthcare, Professional Development and Introduction to Effective Communication)
A: Due to the diversity population within healthcare, students must have a basic understanding of the core values of each aspect of the job requirements and/or performance.