Steps to Obtain Certification

Download and review the pdfIAHCSMM Certification Handbook and review the exam-specific application and criteria for the certification you wish to achieve (shown on pages 5-10 of the Handbook). (See Certifications below)
When you're ready to test, submit the application form and exam fee ($125 USD for those testing in the US or Canada and $150 USD for those testing internationally). Each application and fee is good for one exam attempt.
Once your application is approved, you will receive an exam scheduling letter and email with instructions on scheduling your exam within your given 90-day eligibility window. (For a list of testing locations visit
Take your exam. You will receive immediate pass/fail results at the Prometric testing center. IAHCSMM will also mail you your pass/fail results following.
Upon passing your exam, you will be mailed a certification package within 2 weeks. Your certification will be valid for 1 year.
Maintain your certification annually by submitting Continuing Education (CE) points and certification renewal fees.
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About IAHCSMM Certification Exams

All IAHCSMM certification exams are administered exclusively through Prometric Testing. The partnership between IAHCSMM and Prometric offers the only secure, daily examination process within the Sterile Processing field. All exams are computer based and no writing instruments are needed (a paper and pencil version of the exam is not available.) The tests are comprised of 150 multiple choice questions and you will have 3 hours in which to complete them. Questions can be marked for review and answered or changed later in the exam. A 15 minute tutorial describing how to take the exam on the computer precedes the test and is also available online, here.

For detailed information on IAHCSMM Certifications, please review the pdfCertification Handbook.

Need Assistance?

For further questions, please contact the IAHCSMM Certification Team:
Toll Free: 800.962.8274 x110
Direct: 312.440.0078 x110
Fax: 312.440.9474

Certification Table - AMT

Follow 4 simple steps to earn certification

Determine your eligibility* to take the exam.

Submit your application and fee online.

Once you are eligible you can apply. Submit a separate application for each certification.

Pay fee*


*Fees are non-refundable and include application, exam and first annual fee.
**Only available to those residing outside North America.

Utilize AMT study resources to increase testing confidence.

Medical Assistant (RMA)

Medical Technologist (MT)

Phlebotomy Technician (RPT)

Molecular Diagnostics Technologist (MDT)

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

Dental Assistant (RDA)

Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS)

Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA)

Once you receive notification from AMT with approval you may proceed.

Scheduling Your exam

If you are taking the exam at your school’s Pearson VUE site, your instructor will provide information about the exam date and time. If you are taking the exam at a one of the hundreds of Pearson VUE testing center locations across the country, you will schedule your own exam.

Locate a Testing Center Near Me

To cancel or reschedule

Call Pearson VUE at 1-888-846-6941 on a business day at least 24 hours prior to the start of your examination time. If you are late, turned away, or do not appear for your examination, you must pay a retesting fee to reschedule your examination.

Take the Exam

Arrive 30 minutes prior to exam time with the required testing items:

  1. Authorization letter
  2. Two forms of valid identification
    • Both must have your first and last name identical to your name on your authorization letter
    • Both must bear your signature
    • One form must be a photo ID, either a driver’s license, state ID card, military ID, or passport

After the Exam

  • Results are available after the exam and are sent to AMT within 48 hours
  • All documentation MUST be complete to receive certification
  • Official certificate will arrive in the mail within 7-14 days
  • You may download your certified member card from My AMT Portal.


If you receive a failing score, you will need to retake the entire exam.

  • Retake is permitted no sooner than 45 days from previous attempt
  • A non-refundable fee is required for each additional attempt
  • You are limited to 4 exam attempts for any one certification
  • Consult the AMT study resources to prepare for a retake