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RPSGT Recertification Guidelines

 


IMPORTANT NOTICE TO RPSGTs DUE TO RECERTIFY BY 1/1/2017:

The BRPT office will be closed December 23 - January 2, 2017.  All applications submitted during this time will be processed upon

our return.  Applications must be received via email, fax or postmarked by US mail no later than December 31 at 11:59pm.  Please allow up to

30 business days for your application to be processed and your credential status to be updated.  Employers and RPSGTs who fall

into this category must understand that during this time an RPSGT's status will remain ACTIVE.

 

Although the BRPT has been very proactive in notifying the technologists of their recertification date and approaching deadlines,

there have been a large number of technologists who have delayed submitting their recertification applications until days before the

expiration date.  This significant increase in last minute applications has caused an increase in our processing time.

 

 

Recertification Changes Effective 9/1/2015


 

Fee

Scenario

Recertification

$150

CECs entered through the BRPT portal

Recertification

$250

CECs entered by the BRPT; includes $100 processing fee

Recertification

$400

Less than 90 days expired; CECs earned before recertification date; includes $250 reinstatement fee

Recertification

$600

Less than 90 days expired; CECs earned beyond the recertification date; includes a $200 extension fee and $250 reinstatement fee

Recertification

$850

More than 90 days expired but less than 1 year; includes $250 reinstatement fee and $450 exam fee

Recertification

$600

Recertifying on time but taking the RPSGT exam in lieu of required CECs; includes $450 exam fee

 

The Objective of Recertification
Recertification is a cornerstone of best practices in a certification program and the BRPT has a responsibility to the profession – and the public – to assure all RPSGTs continue their education. The BRPT adheres to best practices for credentialing programs and works to ensure that the RPSGT certification continues to be recognized as the leading certification for polysomnographic technologists by the medical community, allied health professions, legislative bodies and other regulatory decision makers, and the public. The continuing education requirement ensures that all RPSGTs remain up to date in the dynamic and rapidly changing field of sleep medicine.  In addition, the recertification process is an opportunity to reinforce the value of the RPSGT certification and a chance for RPSGTs to recommit to the delivery of excellent patient care.

Recertification Requirements
All RPSGT certification holders must recertify every five years in order to retain the use of the RPSGT credential. To recertify, RPSGTs must either earn 50 continuing education credits during their 5 year credential window or retake and pass the RPSGT exam. Certification holders are responsible for knowing their certification expiration dates and recertification deadlines. Expiration dates can be verified by searching our Primary Source Verification Directory.  The BRPT strongly encourages you to apply for recertification in advance of your expiration date (but no earlier than 6 months), so that in the event that there are any issues, you will have ample time to rectify them without falling into the reinstatement window.

Recertification Process
The RPSGT certification holder must apply for recertification on or before the certification expiration date. The certification holder can apply for recertification anytime within six months prior to the certification expiration date. All recertification requirements must be fulfilled before the application will be considered for approval. Once the recertification process is completed and the application is approved, BRPT will issue a new RPSGT certificate with a certification expiration date five years from the previous certification expiration date.

Recertification and Expiration Notices
Recertification notices are a courtesy and are sent electronically in January and June of each year to the email address we have on file for you.  It is the certification holder’s responsibility to maintain current contact information in the profile and to make timely updates to the BRPT database. Again, notices are a courtesy, and it is the sole responsibility of the credential holder to be aware of when their credential is due to expire, and recertify ahead of time.

Recertification Deadline Extension of Credits
If the certification holder needs to earn credits after their credential has expired, to be used towards the reinstatement of their credential, then they may apply for a one-time 90-day Extension of Credits for a fee of $200 (in addition to the applicable recertification fee/reinstatement fee). The certification does not remain active during the 90 day extension period.  Failure to reinstate by the end of the 90 extension period will result in applicant having to sit for and pass the exam in order to reinstate their credential.

BRPT will review and consider extensions longer than 90 days due to chronic illness, family emergency, or other extenuating circumstances on a case by case basis and with supporting documentation. All extensions granted are subject to the $200 extension fee.


Recertifying with 50 Continuing Education Credits (Active Status/Certification NOT Expired)

Recertifying Online

To complete the recertification process using the online tool, the certification holder must:
  • Complete the online application form
  • Enter all necessary continuing education credit information
  • Reaffirm a commitment to the BRPT Code of Conduct
  • Submit a copy of a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification (or equivalent for international residents)
  • Pay the recertification fee of $150.00

Recertifying via Fax or Certified Mail - BRPT to enter credits manually
RPSGT certification holders can apply for recertification using hard copy documents submitted via fax, email  or US mail for us to enter into the system. The certification holder must:
  • Download and print the RPSGT Recertification Application
  • Complete the recertification form
  • Submit proof of 50 continuing education credits earned within the 5 year window in which they last held their credential
  • Reaffirm a commitment to the BRPT Code of Conduct
  • Submit a copy of a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification (or equivalent for international residents)
  • Pay the recertification fee of $150.00 + the $100.00 processing fee
  • Fax the application  to (703) 610-0229 (or)
  • Submit the application via mail to:
    Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists
    8400 Westpark Drive
    Second Floor
    McLean, VA 22102

The recertification fee for applying via fax or US mail requiring the BRPT to manually enter your credits includes a $100 surcharge. The surcharge defers costs associated with handling, processing, and storing the hard copy documentation.

Certification holders with more than one BRPT credential can apply the same continuing education credits toward multiple recertifications as long as the continuing education content is applicable and occurs within the required time period for recertification.  Continuing education recertification requirements for multiple certifications are tracked separately and individual education entries will be necessary for each recertification application.

Recertifying by Retaking the RPSGT Exam (Active Status/Certification NOT Expired)
The certification holder can choose to retake the RPSGT examination in lieu of earning 50 continuing education credits. The certification holder must retake and pass the RPSGT exam within the six-month window in advance of the certification expiration date. Certification holders who elect to recertify by taking the RPSGT examination and fail the examination must retake and pass the examination in order to maintain their status.   


Continuing Education Credits
The BRPT strongly urges all RPSGT certification holders to maintain and improve their knowledge and skills through continuing education. We will accept any credits that are directly sleep or respiratory related.  The BRPT does not accept life support credits for your renewal.  Please note that the only EEG credits that we will accept will have to have been earned through ASET, furthermore, the only ASET credits we will accept must be the online EEG 209 course that is available at www.aset.org.  All other ASET credits will be rejected.   Any credits that do not comply with the aforementioned will be rejected.  Duplicate online journals, quizzes and courses will not be accepted during the same 5 year credentialing window.  All continuing education credits are subject to BRPT review and approval.  Some education providers are pre-approved by the BRPT and credits earned from those providers are immediately approved by the Portal once the certificate holder enters them into the on-line recertification tool.  Please note that at the time of your renewal, these pre-approved credits are still subject to approval and may be retroactively rejected if they are duplicate courses or if they are not directly sleep or respiratory related.   If you wish to appeal a rejected CEC, please email copies of the corresponding certificates to ashelton@brpt.org and they will be re-reviewed.  Please allow 7-10 business days for a pending status to be updated to approved.  We strongly urge you to not wait until the last minute to apply for recertification.  You are eligible to apply for recertification once you are 6 months or less away from your expiration date, the earlier you submit your application, the more time you have to correct any issues we may find with your application or CEC's before having to pay a reinstatement fee.

Reporting Continuing Education Credits
The certification holder is responsible for maintaining a record of the continuing education credits accrued during the five year recertification cycle and reporting them either electronically through the Self Service Portal/Manage CEC's tab or via the hard copy recertification application.  If the BRPT is required to enter any of your CEC information into the portal on your behalf, there is a $100.00 processing fee.  Never at any time are continuing education credits shared over to the BRPT by another provider on your behalf, it is the responsibility of the credential holder to enter their credits into the Portal, even if they are earned through the BRPT.  All continuing education credits are subject to BRPT review at the time of your renewal. Certification holders must retain CEC certificates or other documentation of their continuing education credits for at least one year after the recertification date in the event that you are randomly selected for a Recertification Audit, however you are not required to upload your documents for recertification. Certificate holders can enter continuing education credits into the Portal at any time prior to certification expiration.  They do not need to wait until the 6 month recertification window opens.  Please refrain from using the BRPT Portal to keep track of your credits for other certification boards/purposes other than to renew your RPSGT or CCSH.  We strongly urge you to never discard your actual certificates and to maintain your own spreadsheet to keep track of your credits should you need them for future reasons other than to recertify your BRPT credential.  We will not be able to provide more than a basic transcript of your credits should you request documentation of them.

Continuing Education Credits Documentation
Continuing education credit documentation in the on-line Self Service Portal includes:
  • Date earned
  • Accrediting organization (the organization that accredited the course or approved it for credit)
  • Course title
  • Course ID/# (if your credit does not have a course #, please enter the title again)
  • Number of credits earned


If you earn more than 50 credits during your active 5 year cycle, the overage does not carry over to your new 5 year cycle once you recertify.

Pre-Approved Continuing Education Credits
Continuing education credits must be directly sleep-related and fit within the RPSGT core knowledge. BRPT maintains a list of pre-approved continuing education credit providers.

Currently the list includes:

  • BRPT
  • American Association of Sleep Technologists
  • Canadian Sleep Society
  • Australasian Sleep Technologists Association
  • American Association of Sleep Medicine


Direct Sleep and Respiratory-related continuing education credits obtained through these listed organizations are automatically approved for recertification. 

There are many other continuing education credit-granting organizations such as the American Medical Association, American Association of Respiratory Care, the Neurodiagnostic Society, the British Sleep Society, the European Sleep Research Association, and the Asian Sleep Research Society that award sleep-related continuing education credits, however, credits earned from these providers go into a pending status until they can be reviewed and approved by BRPT.  As long as the program is professional and the content deemed directly sleep-related and within the scope of the certification holder, these credits will be approved for recertification after review.

All pre-approved credits are subject to approval at the time of your Recertification Application.  If any pre-approved credits  are not directly sleep or respiratory related, they will be retroactively rejected.  This includes life support credits.

 

Pending Continuing Education Credits Review and Approval Process
Sleep-related continuing education credits awarded by organizations that are not in the pre-approved list are reviewed by BRPT after entry into the on-line recertification tool.  They appear as pending credits in the education detail and are not included in the continuing education credit tally that tracks progress toward recertification. Certification holders are advised to enter continuing education credits well in advance of their recertification deadline to be sure they are approved before the date of certification expiration.  Certification holders with recertification tallies below 50 on the date of certification expiration, regardless of the number of pending credits awaiting approval, will have their certification status moved to inactive and will be required to pay a reinstatement fee in order to complete recertification. All continuing education credits not pre-approved will be “pending” and not recognized for recertification until officially approved. Allow 7-10 business days for pending credit review and approval..

Where to Earn Continuing Education Credits
Meetings, Conferences & Courses
Meetings or conferences that award continuing education credit such as national, regional, state, or local organizations whose content is sleep-related can count toward recertification. If only a portion of the conference or lectures therein are sleep-related, only those portions will be approved for recertification. This category also includes courses sponsored by private companies as long as they are educational, sleep-related, and not biased towards the company sponsoring the course.

Case Study and In-Service Training
Includes case conferences or in-service training where the education provider has applied for and received continuing education credit approval from a credit-granting organization.

Journals, Articles, DVD’s, Webcasts and Other On-line Training
Certification holders may apply continuing education credits they earn from reading medical journals, articles, and by completing DVD’s or webinars toward recertification as long as the content is deemed to be sleep-related.  In order to be used for recertification, the product must award the participant with continuing education credit upon completion.

Instructors, Presenters, Authors, & Speakers
Instructors, presenters, authors, and/or speakers whose materials have received approval for continuing education credits by an accrediting organization may count the continuing education credits of a given presentation only once toward recertification annually. Example: If a program is approved for three hours of continuing education credits and is presented at two regional meetings during the same year, the presenter may only count three continuing education credits toward recertification. If presented again the following year, three additional hours may be counted that year.

University, College, and Post-Secondary Education
Credit courses through universities, colleges, or other post-secondary educational institutions are not eligible for continuing education credit and may not be used toward continuing education recertification requirements.

Audits
Certification holders may be subject to random audits as part of the recertification process to validate education activities and ensure compliance with program standards for professionalism, ethics, and fairness. If selected for an audit, the certification holder will receive an email notice and telephone call requesting supporting documentation for all education activities reported for recertification. These documents must be submitted within a given timeframe. Cases in which false or misleading information appears to have been submitted for purposes of recertification will be referred to the BRPT Professional Review Committee. Such cases may result in sanctions, up to and including revocation of certification.

Reinstatement Processes for Expired Certifications
An expired RPSGT certification is officially inactive. It can be reinstated based upon certain requirements that differ depending on how long the certification has been inactive.  Once a certification is reinstated it moves back to active status.

1-90 Days Past Expiration (Reinstating with Continuing Education Credits)
An RPSGT certification up to 90 days past its expiration date may be reinstated by an individual reporting 50 continuing education credits and paying both the recertification fee and a reinstatement fee. Upon approval of the recertification application, the RPSGT certification will be reinstated to active status with the same certification number.  After 90 days past the certification expiration date, the only way to reinstate the RPSGT certification is to retake and pass the RPSGT exam.

To complete the process the individual must:

  • Complete the recertification application (online or via printed .pdf)
  • Submit proof of 50 continuing education credits earned within the 5 year window in which your last credential was held.   If you wish to earn the required CEC's after your credential expiration date, you must pay the $200 Extension of Credits fee to do so.
  • Reaffirm a commitment to the BRPT Code of Conduct
  • Submit a copy of a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification (or equivalent for international residents)
  • Pay the recertification fee of $150.00
  • Pay the reinstatement fee of $250.00
  • Pay the Extension of Credits fee if any credits were earned after your expiration date.



3–12 Months Past Expiration
An RPSGT certification inactive more than 90 days, but less than a year, can only be reinstated by sitting for and passing the RPSGT exam.  A recertification and reinstatement fee apply in addition to the current exam fee. Once the individual passes the exam, the RPSGT certification will be reinstated using the same certification number.

To complete the process the individual must:

  • Complete the recertification application (online or via printed .pdf)
  • Reaffirm a commitment to the BRPT Code of Conduct
  • Submit a copy of a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification (or equivalent for international residents)
  • Pay the recertification fee of $150.00
  • Pay the reinstatement fee of $250.00
  • Pay the exam fee of $450.00


Once the application is received and approved, the applicant will receive a notice and instructions on how to schedule and retake the exam at their nearest Pearson VUE Testing Center. The application will be processed within 10 business days of receipt.

1-5 Years Past Expiration
An RPSGT certification inactive for more than one year, but less than five years, can be reinstated by the individual providing 50 CEC's as well as retaking and passing the RPSGT examination through eligibility Pathway/Option 6. This allows the inactive credential holder to retain the same credential number. 

To complete the process you must:

  • Complete the recertification using Option 6 if using the Online Portal
  • Complete a New Candidate Application using Pathway 6 if sending paper application
  • Submit proof of 50 continuing education credits earned within the 5 year window in which your last credential was held.   If you wish to use credits earned after after your credential expiration date, you must pay the $200 Extension of Credits fee to do so.
  • Reaffirm a commitment to the BRPT Code of Conduct
  • Submit a copy of a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification (or equivalent for international residents)
  • Pay the exam fee of $450.00


Once the application is received and approved, the applicant will receive a notice and instructions on how to schedule and retake the exam at their nearest Pearson VUE Testing Center. The application will be processed within 10 business days of receipt.

More than 5 Years Past Expiration
After 5 years, an inactive RPSGT certification cannot be reinstated. The individual must  the obtain RPSGT certification by meeting exam eligibility requirements in place at the time, paying all fees, and successfully passing the exam. The certification holder will be issued a new certification number and will not be able to use the previous certification number.

Contact Information
Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists
8400 Westpark Drive
Second Floor
McLean, VA 22102
Office: (703) 610-9020
Fax: (703) 610-0229

Website: www.brpt.org

 
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