How to Get Certified as an Anesthesia Technologist


An anesthesia technician can become certified as an anesthesia technologist to assist an anesthesiologist in an operating room. The anesthesia technologist has job functions consisting of sterilizing and maintaining devices used by the anesthesiologist before, during and after a patient's operation. Once you are certified as a technologist, you can continue to take the educational courses and hands-on experience training to become an anesthesiologist. A candidate must be certified as an anesthesia technician to take the technologist certification examination.

Things You'll Need

  • Certification Handbook for Technologists
  • Obtain the Certification Handbook for Technologists by downloading it from the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians website ( Read through the handbook regarding all certification requirements and examination instructions. Fill out the certification application on the last page in the handbook and mail it to the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) headquarters at 7044 South 13th St., Oak Creek, WI 53154-1429. Alternatively, you can file an application online.

  • Mail or submit online the appropriate fees with the application. As of January 2011, technologist examination fees for ASATT members are $325 and nonmember fees are $450. Prices are subject to change, so contact ASATT for the current examination fees. Ensure that you provided all verification information, such as an ASATT membership number, with the application. Receive a confirmation notice 2 weeks after filing the application. Contact ASATT at 414-908-4942 if you do not receive a notice after 3 weeks.

  • Call the ASATT phone number to schedule a date and location to take the certification examination. You have 90 days from receiving the notification of eligibility to take the examination and schedule a day for testing. Give your Social Security number as identification for your testing appointment. Leave all personal belongings, documents and electronic devices outside the testing center.

  • Take the examination and a short evaluation concerning the testing experience. Give the examination to the testing supervisor to receive a "pass" or "fail" score report. Receive the designation as a certified anesthesia technologist after passing the test. If you fail the test, you can reapply with the appropriate reapplication form at the bottom of the score report. Schedule another examination with 90 days after the first failed examination and after submitting the examination fee. You have no limit to the number of times you can take the certification test.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you fail the first examination and apply for a reexamination after the 90-day period, you will have to submit the full application and examination fee.

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