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."


ABSM Sleep Technologist Registry Exam: Important Dates:

Examination Date      Application Deadline      Application Available 
January 31 - February 14, 2015    January 30, 2015    October 31, 2014 
May 16 - 30, 2015    April 30, 2015    February 5, 2015 
September 12 - 26, 2015        August 26, 2015    June 10, 2015 
November 7 - 21, 2015    October 21, 2015    August 29, 2015 

Learn more about the examination by downloading the candidate handbook and respective applications:


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. For information on recertification, view the recertification guidelines.