Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists

APRIL 2014

The Application For The New Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) Examination Is Now Available
The initial testing window for the CCSH examination will take place May 1 through May 29. The BRPT is now accepting applications, available here; the application window for the initial May exam will close at 5:00 pm EDT on April 30, 2014. Examinations must be taken May 1 29, 2014. In addition, be sure to download the CCSH Candidate Handbook, which can be found here.

A Chance To Win $1,000
The BRPT will conduct a drawing at the end of each week in May for this initial testing window. All applicants who sit for the exam that week will be eligible to win $1,000.

Following the close of the initial testing window, the exam is not scheduled to be available again until BRPT and its testing partner, Pearson VUE, conduct the standard setting. The standard setting is the methodology used to determine the cut score or passing score that corresponds to a qualified CCSH specialist. Exam results for this first group of test takers will not be available until completion of the standard setting and psychometric evaluation by BRPT and Pearson VUE. Candidates taking the examination during the initial exam window in May should expect up to a 4-month delay before receiving exam results. Based on the timeline to complete the standard setting process, the exam is currently scheduled to reopen July 29, 2014. BRPT will notify candidates of any changes to the exam availability date. After this initial testing window, the CCSH examination will be offered on demand with immediate test results.

About The CCSH
The BRPT's Certification in Clinical Sleep Health is a new credential for healthcare providers specializing in sleep medicine. This is an advanced-level examination for these individuals who work directly with sleep medicine patients, families and practitioners to coordinate and manage patient care, improve outcomes, educate patients and the community, and advocate for the importance of good sleep.

Eligibility Pathways
CCSH Pathway 1: Clinical Experience. For candidates with at least 1000 hours of experience in clinical sleep health AND a bachelor's degree or above.
CCSH Pathway 2: Healthcare Credential. For candidates with an approved healthcare credential or license AND an associate's degree or above.
CCSH Temporary Pathway: CSE Certificate. For candidates with a BRPT-issued Clinical Sleep Educator Certificate AND a current healthcare credential or license. This pathway is only available through June 30, 2016.

For more detail on the eligibility pathways, please click here.

CCSH Exam Fee Pathways
$450.00 (U.S.) Pathways 1 and 2
$300.00 (U.S.) Temporary CSE Pathway available through June 30, 2016

Preparing For The CCSH Examination
Candidates are advised this is an advanced-level exam. It was developed for experienced healthcare practitioners in the field of sleep medicine. To prepare for the CCSH exam, candidates should consider using a sampling of text books, clinical guidelines, practice parameters, and key articles relating to the major exam domains. In general, educational materials should focus on evaluation and management of sleep disorders; pathophysiology, epidemiology, and clinical presentation; patient education and communication; sleep health and hygiene; normal sleep over the lifespan; and public health issues relating to sleep. Candidates should review the exam blueprint for guidance on knowledge areas and specific topics covered on the exam. They should be prepared to demonstrate critical thinking skills by applying their knowledge to clinical situations. To review a list of primary references, please click here.

In addition, online practice exams are available which feature questions similar in type to those that will be found on the CCSH examination. The practice exams were designed using the same exam blueprint as the CCSH exam. The cost of each practice exam is $55.00. To learn more about the practice exams, click here.

CCSH Exam Blueprint
To develop the CCSH examination, a diverse group of survey respondents were used to determine the tasks required for competent job performance for the Clinical Sleep Health specialist. The initial job task analysis (JTA) was conducted in the summer of 2013. The results of the 2013 JTA were used to develop the exam and are reflected in the CCSH Exam Blueprint, which can be found here.