CCSH Eligibility

The Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) examination is for healthcare providers and educators 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. All applicants must agree to BRPT’s Standards of Conduct. International equivalents for eligibility are accepted.

CCSH: Eligibility

There are 2 eligibility pathways for the CCSH exam:

Specific CCSH Eligibility Pathway Requirements

CCSH Pathway 1: Clinical Experience

Candidates must have:

  1. A minimum of 1000 hours of cumulative direct experience in clinical sleep health that includes education, counseling, management, and coordination of patient care and outcomes.
  2. A Bachelor’s degree or above. International equivalents in the form of tertiary/post secondary education or qualification are accepted.
  3. Current live/skills BLS/CPR certification for healthcare workers or international equivalent.

Candidates are required to provide:

  1. Verification of clinical experience hours on the application. Clinical experience must be validated and approved by a clinical manager, sleep medicine practitioner, or a certified clinical sleep health (CCSH) specialist.
  2. Proof of education in the form of an official transcript, diploma, letter, or certificate from the education provider. Only the highest education level attained is required.
  3. Documentation of current live/skills BLS certification or international equivalent.

CCSH Pathway 2: Healthcare Credential

Candidates must have:

  1. A current healthcare credential found on the List of Approved Credentials for CCSH Pathway 2.  International equivalents are accepted, including tertiary/post secondary education or qualification in the absence of other regulation.
  2. An Associate’s degree or above. International equivalents in the form of tertiary/post secondary education or qualification are accepted.
  3. Current live/skills BLS/CPR certification for healthcare workers or international equivalent.

Candidates are required to provide:

  1. Evidence of a current CCSH Pathway 2 approved healthcare credential or license, or international equivalent.
  2. Proof of education in the form of an official transcript, diploma, letter, or certificate from the education provider. Only the highest education level attained is required.
  3. Documentation of current live/skills BLS certification or international equivalent.

CCSH Pathway 3: Active RPSGT Credential Holders

Candidates must have:

  1. An active RPSGT credential that has been recertified at least once.
  2. Completed a CCSH STAR-designated self study education program.
  3. Current live/skills BLS/CPR certification for healthcare workers or international equivalent.

Candidates are required to provide:

  1. Proof of completion and passing of the post-test of the required CCSH STAR-designated self study education program in the form of a certificate.
  2. Documentation of current live/skills BLS/CPR certification.

Important Note:

The AAST will offer a new CCSH STAR-designated self study education program, entitled the AAST CCSH Designated Education Program, to meet CCSH exam eligibility under Pathway 3. This program will debut at the upcoming AAST 2019 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO on Friday, September 6, 2019.

Upon completion of this full day workshop and receiving a passing score on the online post-test, RPSGT credential holders who have recertified at least once will be eligible to apply and sit for the CCSH credential examination under Pathway 3. Candidates must provide proof they passed the post-test to apply. We anticipate the new pathway will be available shortly after the new education program is available online, taking into account the post-test window and allowing candidates an opportunity to take and pass the post-test and receive their certificate.

For more information on the AAST CCSH Designated Education Program, please visit the AAST 2019 Annual Meeting page.

Recertification:

Recertification is required every five years in order to maintain the CCSH credential. Recertification may be achieved either by accumulating 50 approved continuing education credits during your 5 year credential window, or by retaking and passing the CCSH exam.

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