The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) announced the initial testing window for the Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) examination, which will take place May1 through May 29. Applications will be available on April 1 at www.brpt.org; the application window for the initial May exam will close at 5:00 pm EDT on April 30, 2014. Examinations must be taken May 1 – 29, 2014.
Following the initial testing window, the exam will not be available again until August 2014 to allow the BRPT and its testing partner Pearson VUE, to conduct the standard setting. The standard setting is the methodology used to determine the cut score – or passing score – that corresponds to a qualified CCSH specialist. Exam results for this first group of test takers will not be available until completion of the standard setting and psychometric evaluation by BRPT and Pearson VUE. Candidates taking the examination during the initial exam window in May should expect up to a four-month delay before receiving exam results.
“We are thrilled to offer this first administration of the CCSH exam,” said BRPT President Theresa Krupski, RPSGT, RRT. “This was an incredible effort led by the Exam Development Committee, our team of subject matter experts, psychometricians and BRPT board members, all of whom worked tirelessly to bring this exam to fruition. The standard setting, a critical component of the test development process, is the final step in offering an exam according to best credentialing practices.”
The standard setting process is facilitated by experts from Pearson VUE and is comprised of SMEs who understand the content standards and the measure of difficulty of test questions. SMEs are representative of the profession in North America and include individuals whose careers and professional qualifications are diverse, are skilled in the area of clinical sleep health, and have knowledge about the professional activities of CCSH specialists.
Said BRPT Immediate Past President Cindy Altman, RPSGT, R. EEG/EP T., “We are delighted to see such a tremendous amount of interest in the CCSH exam and credential, which will further establish this new area of expertise.”
Altman added, “It’s important to remember that this is an advanced-level examination that encompasses a broad area of knowledge and is designed for individuals with experience in healthcare, patient education and management. As such, candidates should prepare accordingly.” The CCSH Candidate Handbook is an important resource and will be available on the BRPT website by April 1.
A Chance To Win $1,000
The BRPT will conduct a drawing at the end of each week in May for this initial testing window. All applicants who sit for the exam that week will be eligible to win $1,000. “This is an exciting time for our profession,” added Krupski. “This drawing is a fun way to say thank you to this inaugural group of test takers who won’t receive exam results immediately after testing, but are eager to expand their scope of work and level of expertise in this evolving healthcare environment.”
CCSH Pathway 1: Clinical Experience. For candidates with at least 1000 hours of experience in clinical sleep health AND a bachelor’s degree or above.
CCSH Pathway 2: Healthcare Credential. For candidates with an approved healthcare credential or license AND an associate’s degree or above.
CCSH Temporary Pathway: CSE Certificate. For candidates with a BRPT-issued Clinical Sleep Educator Certificate AND a current healthcare credential or license. This pathway is only available through June 30, 2016.
For more detail on the eligibility pathways, please go to: www.brpt.org/default.asp?contentID=298
CCSH Exam Fee and Pathways
$450.00 (U.S.) – Pathways 1 and 2
$300.00 (U.S.) – Temporary CSE Pathway available through June 30, 2016
Preparing For The CCSH Examination
Candidates are advised this is an advanced-level exam. It was developed for experienced healthcare practitioners in the field of sleep medicine. To prepare for the CCSH exam, candidates should consider using a sampling of text books, clinical guidelines, practice parameters, and key articles relating to the major exam domains. In general, educational materials should focus on evaluation and management of sleep disorders; pathophysiology, epidemiology, and clinical presentation; patient education and communication; sleep health and hygiene; normal sleep over the lifespan; and public health issues relating to sleep. Candidates should review the exam blueprint for guidance on knowledge areas and specific topics covered on the exam. They should be prepared to apply their knowledge to clinical situations to demonstrate critical thinking skills. To review a list of primary references, please go to: www.brpt.org/default.asp?contentID=301
CCSH Exam Blueprint
To develop the CCSH examination, a diverse group of survey respondents were used to determine the tasks required for competent job performance for the Clinical Sleep Health specialist. The initial job task analysis (JTA) was conducted in the summer of 2013. The results of the 2013 JTA were used to develop the exam and are reflected in the CCSH Exam Blueprint, which can be found here: www.brpt.org/default.asp?contentID=289
On Demand Testing/Initial Exam Window
The earlier an application is submitted in April the better the chance of obtaining the preferred exam date, time and location for testing during the initial exam window in May. Scheduling of testing appointments is done directly with Pearson VUE and is on a first-come, first-served basis. All testing must be completed by May 29th, when the initial exam window closes. The exam will remain closed until a new exam window opens a few months later after which point the CCSH examination will be offered on demand with immediate test results.