American Board of Sleep Medicine Sleep Technologist Registry Examination

The role of sleep technologists is important to the diagnostic and therapeutic services provided to sleep disorders patients. As the practice of sleep medicine evolves with new technologies and policies, there is an increased need for trained sleep technologists who have demonstrated their knowledge of sleep technology and aptitude in a clinical setting through a registry examination that leads to a credential in sleep technology.

The American Board of Sleep Medicine’s (ABSM) Sleep Technologist Registry Examination was developed by a Sleep Technologist Examination Committee comprised of senior members of the sleep technology profession and the sleep medicine field. The examination reflects the day-to-day responsibilities of the sleep technologist in a clinical setting and is based on the education and training pathways available for the sleep technology profession.

Select one of the following links for more information about the Registered Sleep Technologist (RST) credential

The ABSM advises individuals to consult their state’s statutory language to determine which education and certification pathways are required. For example, the requirements for licensure contained in the Code of Public General Laws (Statutes) of Maryland state that the applicant must "Pass the certification examination for Registered Polysomnographic Technologists administered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) or other certification examination approved by the Board." Information on each state’s policies that is current to the best of our knowledge, is available at

ABSM Sleep Technologist Registry Exam: Important Dates:

Examination Date      Application Deadline     
October 12 - November 2, 2018    September 21, 2018   
February 1 – 22, 2019    January 18, 2019   
April 12 – May 3, 2019    March 22, 2019   
July 26 – August 16, 2019    July 12, 2019   
October 11 – November 1, 2019     September 20, 2019   

The Registered Sleep Technologist Examination is NOT accredited by the National Commission on Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Some state licensing board and employers require that the registry examination you sit for be accredited by the NCCA. Before submitting your application, we highly recommend that you ensure that your state licensing board (if applicable) and your employer will accept the Registered Sleep Technologist credential.

At this time, the ABSM is not pursuing NCCA accreditation for the Registered Sleep Technologist Examination.

Learn more about the examination by downloading the candidate handbook and application.  Please use the fillable fields to type in the PDF application. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

RST Recertification

The RST is a five-year certification. Applicants must complete 50 continuing education credits (CECs) within the five year span or they will be required to take the RST examination. You can submit your recertification application beginning January 1st of the year your certification expires. Your recertification application must be submitted by the date your certification expires. For information on recertification, contact

Download Recertification Guidelines

Download Recertification Application

Order a Duplicate Certificate
Individuals who are certified under the ABSM may order a replacement certificate by downloading the Duplicate Certificate Order Form.