AAMI News May 2018
Career Center: Certification Means Quality in Any Language
When U.S. employers see the letters CBET or CHTM after an individual’s name, they know that person has demonstrated excellence in theoretical as well as practical knowledge related to the healthcare technology management (HTM) field. But what about those who live and work outside the United States; what motivates them to get certified?
It turns out, they are motivated by many of the same factors as their U.S. counterparts: self-validation, career advancement, and increased credibility.
Standing Out from the Crowd
Sunith K. Raghavan
The certified biomedical equipment technician (CBET) credential is “well recognized” in Qatar, according to Yasir Elbashir, a biomedical engineer III at Sidra Medicine in Doha, Qatar who was certified in 2017. It was actually listed as a “preferred skill” in his job description.
“I wanted to become a CBET because it is an internationally recognized qualification to acknowledge my expertise and hard work. Additionally, it could lead to higher earning potential and increased technical credibility,” said Elbashir, who has worked in the HTM field for eight years. “The more CBET-certified staff we have in the department, the higher the quality of the department.”
Although the CBET credential might be on the radar of HTM professionals in some parts of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), being a certified healthcare technology manager (CHTM) is not as well known. This was a major plus for Sunith K. Raghavan, a senior biomedical engineer at Adnoc Ruwais Hospital in Abu Dhabi who has more than 17 years of experience in the field.
Raghavan decided to pursue a CHTM credential specifically “to do something unique,” as no one from the UAE or India, where he is originally from, was CHTM certified to his knowledge.
“I hope achieving this certification will jumpstart my career as it makes you stand out from the crowd,” Raghavan said.
Raghavan is currently mentoring several of his friends and colleagues who are planning to take a certification exam from the AAMI Credentials Institute (ACI) because he believes “getting certified improves your selfconfidence, pride, and adds value to your résumé.”
Antoine Khalil, a state service manager for Mediquip in Melbourne, Australia, earned his CBET credential in 2017 as a way to “increase his job prospects” in the United States. Khalil is planning to relocate to San Francisco, CA, next month to be closer to his fiancée, whois completing her postdoctorate studies at the University of California, San Francisco.
“I found out about the CBET credential online while looking at job prospects in San Francisco,” Khalil said. “I am hoping the CBET will help increase my chances of finding suitable employment in San Francisco where I am able to increase my knowledge and also pass on what I have learned over my 12 years in the industry.”
Khalil said that preparing for the exam was a challenge, especially having to learn U.S. standards and terminology; however, he found it extremely beneficial.
“The CBET has increased and expanded my knowledge during the extensive time I spent preparing for it,” Khalil said. “I also see it as recognition for the hard work and years of dedication I have spent working in the field.”
The next ACI testing window will be open Nov. 1–15. Applications must be received by Oct. 12. More information about all of ACI’s certification programs can be found at www.aami.org/aci.