Certified Industrial Sterilization Specialist (CISS)

AAMI’s involvement with the sterilization industry is constantly growing and evolving in both our standards and educational efforts.  With so many individuals and institutions coming to AAMI for guidance and training in this extremely critical area, it is our responsibility and privilege to develop a certification program that allows sterilization professionals to showcase their knowledge, experience, and devotion.

An industrial sterilization specialist is a person who understands the principles of sterilization process development, validation, control, and management as part of the manufacture of healthcare products.  A CISS has expertise in the science of sterilization (including but not limited to microbiology, physics, and chemistry), knowledge of sterilization processing, quality management systems, risk management and regulatory requirements.

Within the CISS program, candidates have the unique opportunity to specialize in any of the three major sterilization concentrations:

  • Certified Industrial Sterilization Specialist: Ethylene Oxide (CISS-EO)
  • Certified Industrial Sterilization Specialist: Moist Heat (CISS-MH)
  • Certified Industrial Sterilization Specialist: Radiation (CISS-RAD)

Recertification requirements for this certification are a combination of work experience and continuing education to demonstrate sustained competency and knowledge in the industrial sterilization field.

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Next Testing Window

ACI is offering a testing window of November 1–15, 2018 for the CISS exam.

The application deadline is October 12, 2018.

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