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Sterile Processing Education and Training

Extensive staffing shortages continue to be a major issue for Sterile Processing Departments (SPDs) across the country. With significant turnover and an influx of new hires entering SPD from outside the industry, ensuring staff are competent, certified, and performing tasks in accordance with the latest standards and IFUs is a significant concern for leadership. STERIS has provided education solutions to over 200 Customers for over the last 15 years.


Sterile Processing Technicians


STERIS's Customized Education and Training Programs offer hands-on, classroom-based, and virtual solutions for the SPD with a focus on staff competencies and the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) and Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) certification trainings. With a focus on the latest industry guidelines and Instructions for Use (IFUs) for medical devices, STERIS provides education and Sterile Processing Technician certification readiness through several platforms to ensure our program fits your facility's needs.

Education Course Types

Onsite SPD Education and Training

Onsite at the Facility

Classroom Education for SPD Technicians

Classroom Education

Virtual Sterile Processing Technician Certification Program

Virtual Programs

SPD Education Sustainability Tools

Sustainability Program for continued access to education tools

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STERIS's education and training programs are customized to our Customers’ needs and objectives. To ensure your staff is trained, certified, and performing tasks in accordance with governing bodies, STERIS has developed numerous educational offerings and programs.

HSPA and CBSPD Certification Readiness Program

Virtual Certification Readiness

STERIS-led classes offer the ability to learn at your pace to prepare for the HSPA or CBSPD certification exams. We offer accelerated courses to fit the needs of our Customers, with live instructors and recorded webinar sessions for reference.


Clinical Education for Current Staff

Our team of Clinical Instructors and Educators provide education and training covering the SPD and high-level disinfection (HLD) areas of a healthcare facility. Our education offerings can help improve employee competencies, staff satisfaction, and reduce employee turnover. The types of certifications we cover:

  • Certified Registered Central Technician (CRCST) exam for Sterile Processing Technicians
  • Certified Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor (CFER) certification for individuals
  • Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) Manager Certification
  • SPD Manager Certification (CHL)
Clinical Education and Training for SPD and HLD


Sterile Department New Hire Training

Clinical Education for New Hires

Hands-on learning to ensure new staff becomes competent in basic SPD and HLD activities and are able to productively work after the 12-week course. This training can be delivered to employees with or without sterile processing experience. The types of certifications we cover:

  • CRCST exam for Sterile Processing Technicians
  • CFER certification for individuals


Train the Trainer

Helps prepare education leaders to oversee the education program at their healthcare facility. This offering assesses the skill set of the SPD member(s) that train their department. STERIS provides customized training plans to increase the skills and proficiencies of the educator. Ensuring your educator has the right tools necessary to train and educate new and existing employees.

Customized Training Programs for SPD Educators


Customized Sterile Processing and HLD Education Programs

Fully Customized Education Program

A fully customized education plan for a healthcare facility based on their needs and goals. From STERIS educators trained in your facility to manage your facility's education to a hybrid model, STERIS offers many programs to fit your departments needs.


Education Sustainability

Customers have ongoing access to STERIS tools and platforms. Including monthly pulse checks and access to KPI reports to ensure your team and department are set up for success.

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Staff retention and satisfaction initiatives are key to ensuring long-term department sustainability. Our team of dedicated educators are uniquely positioned to address all challenges facing the SPD and HLD environment. You can have confidence that your team will be set up for success now and in the future.

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Average +60% improvement in employee competencies

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Providing education and training programs for over 15 years

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A comprehensive partner that can help support your healthcare facility

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Sustainability Program for continued access to education tools


Team up with an Experienced Partner

We offer a wide range of solutions and products to address your sterile processing and reprocessing needs. From steam sterilizers to offsite reprocessing centers, increase your SPD productivity and enhance patient safety.


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Get Started today and learn how STERIS can help!

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