Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists

The BRPT STAR Program

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On April 1, BRPT launched its Sleep Technology Approved Resource (STAR) Program and new RPSGT and CPSGT exam eligibility requirements went into effect. BRPT has been reviewing and approving alternative education programs for exam eligibility for several years; these programs now receive the STAR designation. The STAR designation does not apply to CAAHEP or CoARC accredited education programs, but to education programs that are alternatives to CAAHEP or CoARC accredited education. The new STAR program replaces the previous alternative program approval process, which was a function of the BRPTís Education Advisory Committee.

STAR-designated programs fall into one or more of the following education categories:

Self-Study: Programs consist of organized, self-paced, education tracts that are often computer-based.
Focused: Programs include both self-study or expanded classroom education and at least 80 hours of lecture and on-site skills training.
Focused 2: Programs include at least 80 hours of lecture and on-site skills training and MUST be paired with a Self-Study program to meet exam eligibility requirements. The Focused 2 program and the Self-Study program can be from the same STAR education provider or different STAR providers.

Changes To RPSGT and CPSGT Exam Eligibility Pathways
Changes to the RPSGT and CPSGT exam eligibility pathways took effect on April 1. The RPSGT changes primarily involve incorporation of the new STAR education designations into the on-the-job training pathways. The paid clinical experience requirement for on-the-job training candidates was retained for the RPSGT exam. However, either paid or unpaid clinical experience may now be used to establish CPSGT exam eligibility. In addition, two new pathways were added for the CPSGT exam Ė Pathway #2 for CAAHEP/CoARC students and Pathway #3 for candidates who have completed STAR-designated Focused education or a combination of Self-Study and Focused 2 education.

ATTENTION A-STEP CANDIDATES: As a result of AASM changes to the A-STEP program introduced in January 2012, candidates enrolling in the A-STEP on-line modules as of January 1, 2012 are required to complete ALL of the A-STEP modules to meet eligibility for the RPSGT and CPSGT exams. Candidates who were enrolled in the A-STEP on-line modules prior to January 1, 2012, and completed the original 18 A-STEP modules by the April 2, 2012 deadline set by the AASM, do not need to enroll in the new A-STEP modules to qualify for an exam. Candidates who have documentation of completion of the required A-STEP modules can use them for exam eligibility for three years after the date of program completion. Candidates may not use a combination of modules from the new and old A-STEP program to meet exam eligibility.

An Important Note: For all RPSGT and CPSGT A-STEP Candidates Who Did Not Meet The April 2 Deadline: The BRPT has arranged for the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine to offer a $100 discount on The Online Foundation of Sleep Technology self-study program to individuals who started the original 18 AASM A-STEP self-study modules prior to January 1, 2012, and who were not able to complete the required modules for RPSGT or CPSGT exam eligibility by the April 2 deadline set by AASM.

The Atlanta School offer is available until June 1, 2012. Access to The Online Foundation of Sleep Technology program is granted for six months with the ability to print handouts.

    Individuals taking advantage of this offer must:
  • Present proof of completion of a portion of the original A-STEP modules prior to January 1, 2012
  • Complete the full Online Foundation program
  • Register for the Online Foundation program no later than June 1, 2012

For details about the Atlanta School Online Foundation of Sleep Technology and this offer visit http://www.sleepschool.com/courses/technologists/theonlinefoundation/.

Important Resources:
For more information on the STAR program click here:
http://www.brpt.org/default.asp?contentID=86

To access the STAR Program application click here:
http://www.brpt.org/downloads/resources/STAR_Application.pdf

For more information on RPSGT exam eligibility click here:
http://www.brpt.org/default.asp?contentID=34

For more information on CPSGT exam eligibility click here:
http://www.brpt.org/default.asp?contentID=43

To access the revised RPSGT Candidate Handbook click here:
http://www.brpt.org/default.asp?contentID=36

To access the revised RPSGT exam application click here:
http://www.brpt.org/default.asp?contentID=35

To access the revised CPSGT Candidate Handbook click here:
http://www.brpt.org/default.asp?contentID=45

To access the revised CPSGT exam application click here:
http://www.brpt.org/default.asp?contentID=44