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CLES & CRES discontinuation

  • 1.  CLES & CRES discontinuation

    Posted 07-11-2018 12:26
    How many heard about possible CLES & CRES discontinuation?

    RT Smart CBET
    Senior Biomedical Equipment Technician
    Renovo Solutions LLC
    Iowa City IA
    (319) 688-7537

  • 2.  RE: CLES & CRES discontinuation

    Posted 07-12-2018 09:57

    The ACI Board recently made an announcement that it is reevaluating three of the currently administered certification examinations, CRES, CLES and the CQSM (Certified Quality System Manager).  Unfortunately, the interest to take these examinations by fewer and fewer professionals in these disciplines, is the impetus to prompt the ACI Board to reevaluate the status of these programs.  The ACI Board is reaching out to the healthcare technology community for feedback on these certifications and the potential impending retirement of administering these exams.

    For those who have earned these certifications and credentials (CRES/CLES/CQSM), you will continue to be fully certified and credentialed, as long as you continue to comply with the requirements of CEU's (continuing education units) and the necessary renewal fees every three years, according to your current renewal cycle.

    Subsequent to the feedback period, the ACI Board intends to act on a decision in September.  Should the decision be to discontinue these certification examinations, ACI will not offer these exams after December 31, 2018.

    The ACI Board looks forward to hearing from those wishing to comment.  I urge you to send your comments to Sherrie Schulte, CAE, Senior Director at AAMI by cutting and pasting this link: and sending e-mail no later than August 15, 2018.

    Christopher Nowak, CBET, CHP, CSCS
    Board Chairman, AAMI Credentials Institute


    Senior Director, Healthcare Technology Management


  • 3.  RE: CLES & CRES discontinuation

    Posted 07-12-2018 15:03
    Years ago there was talk about the CLES certification having low numbers.
    I honestly believe it to be important. At my college,  we teach to the medical, laboratory and radiological common body of knowledge. We've had individual students come in wanting to specialize on laboratory. (Ex Medlab techs)
    This is where we need AAMI to promote the specialist exams. I'm doing what I can at the college level. My local industry has hired my graduates directly into lab equipment specialist and see the advantage of bringing this area back in-house.  
    I've just managed to turn the direction of this specialty around in my area. It would be a shame if the certification went away. 

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  • 4.  RE: CLES & CRES discontinuation

    Posted 07-12-2018 15:34
    Just to add to my last comment. We are getting more lab equipment attention that I added a biotechnology laboratory instruments course on top of my clinical laboratory equipment course. Our first course for biotech lab instruments starts in spring 2019. 
    We also just started our Medical Imaging Technology certificate above the associates degree. I've seen the CRES required on job postings. I used the CRES as the outline for our curriculum to make sure I not only meet my local hospitals needs but stay in line with the nation.

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