Certification Exams

CERTIFICATION EXAMS

 
In today’s healthcare market, technology is paramount. The need for a workforce knowledgeable in the theory of operation, underlying physiological principles, and safe application of biomedical equipment is a central concern of many hospitals and companies. Certification demonstrates that successful applicants have the knowledge to ensure a safe, reliable healthcare environment. It also demonstrates to employers a significant commitment to career and competence.

 

[A] CERTIFICATIONS FOR BIOMEDICAL EQUPIMENT TECHNICIAN

 

1. CBET, CRES & CLES CERTIFICATIONS (by AAMI)

 

AAMI, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation is a diverse community of nearly 7,000 healthcare technology professionals united by one important mission—supporting the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective medical technology.

ICC Certification for the Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) is a formal recognition by the International Certification Commission for Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Technology (ICC) that individuals have demonstrated excellence in theoretical as well as practical knowledge of the principles of biomedical equipment technology.

The Board of Examiners for Biomedical Equipment Technicians, operating under the direction of the United States Certification Commission (USCC) and the ICC, maintains the certification programs for biomedical equipment technicians (CBET), radiology equipment specialists (CRES), and laboratory equipment specialists (CLES).

One certification is not a prerequisite for another. Each certification — CBET, CRES, CLES — requires a separate, complete application and a separate examination. Applicants may test in only one discipline per examination.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Associate’s degree in biomedical academic program and two years’ full-time BMET work experience; OR
  • Completion of a U.S. military biomedical equipment technology program and two years’ full-time BMET work experience; OR
  • Associate’s degree in electronics technology and three years’ full-time BMET work experience: OR
  • Four years’ full-time BMET work experience.

Additional eligibility routes for CLES applicants only:

  • Associate’s degree in medical laboratory technology and three years’ full-time BMET work experience; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory technology and two years’ full-time BMET work experience.

* CRES and CLES applicants for full certification: At least 40% of work experience over the last two years or 25% over the last five years must be in the designated specialty area.

 

CONTENT OF THE EXAM:

The CBET, CRES, and CLES examinations consist of 150 multiple choice items in the following five main subject areas:

Subject Area CBET Exam CRES Exam CLES Exam
Anatomy & Physiology

12%

12%

12%

Public (employee, patient, visitor) Safety in the Healthcare Facility

15%

15%

15%

Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics

15%

15%

15%

Healthcare Technology Function & Operation

24%

24%

24%

Healthcare Technology Problem Solving

24%

24%

24%

Healthcare Information Technology

10%

10%

10%

 

A detailed content outline for each exam is provided in the Applicant Handbook (see pages 10-12), available for download here.

 

EXAM DURATION: 3 hours for up to 150 multiple choice questions.

 

PASSING CRITERIA: The minimum score required to pass the certification examination is 105 correct answers out of 150 questions.

For more information, visit the AAMI FAQs.

 

2. BMD & BIET CERTIFICATIONS (by ETA International)

ETA (Electronics Technicians Association) International members are professionals in all technical fields, including fiber optics, smarthome, renewable energy, customer service, biomedical, computer and computer networking. Recognizing the need to verify that fellow electronics technicians had sufficient training in industry standards, including troubleshooting techniques, knowledge of test equipment, and installation procedures, ETA began providing third-party assessment through its own certification programs in 1978. Aligning with the ISO 17024 standards and collaborating with education providers and industry professionals, ETA certifications test the knowledge and hands-on skills needed in today’s electronics industry. The organization currently has Stand-Alone Certifications and Journeyman Certifications for more than 80 certification programs in all electronics-related fields.

An ETA certification signifies that the holder has demonstrated professional proficiency and has the technical knowledge and skill to meet international electronics industry standards.

 

a. BIOMEDICAL ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN (BMD): Biomedical electronics technicians are expected to obtain knowledge of the principles of modern biomedical techniques, the proper procedure in the care, handling and maintenance of biomedical equipment and to display an attitude/behavior expected of an electronics technician who works in a hospital or healthcare environment. Once the CET has acquired these skills, abilities and knowledge, he or she will be able to enter employment in any part of the biomedical electronics field. With minimal training in areas unique to specific products, the CET should become a profitable and efficient part of the medical workforce.

For detailed information, download here.

 

b. BIOMEDICAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN (BIET): Can be used as a ‘stand-alone’ ETA Certification or as the Journeyman Option specialty exam for the Certified Electronics Technician, CET.

For detailed information, download here.

 

For a complete list of all the other ETA International Certifications available, visit ETA Certifications.

 

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