Earlier this week the American Board of Sleep Medicine announced that 1,250 Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGTs) have applied for equivalency status to obtain certification from the ABSM as a Registered Sleep Technologist (RST).
All practicing sleep technologists who have passed the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) examination prior to Dec. 31, 2011, and are RPSGTs in good standing, are eligible to apply to the ABSM for RST equivalency status. This process gives RPSGTs an opportunity to obtain the new RST certificate without taking the ABSM Sleep Technologist Registry Examination, which will be offered for the first time Nov. 11, 2011.
The deadline for RPSGTs to submit an equivalency application to the ABSM is March 31, 2012, and the application fee is $25. A roster of individuals who have obtained the RST certificate is available on the ABSM website at https://www.absm.org/rstlist.aspx. Complete details about the ABSM Sleep Technologist Registry Examination and the RST credential are available on the ABSM website at https://www.absm.org/techcertification.aspx.