Education Nation: Create Core Competencies

The process of conducting competency assessments within the Sterile Processing Department.

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CBSPD approved through March 31, 2028. 

HSPA approved through March 06, 2026.  

Being certain that specific criteria and job skills are met consistently is part of the SP department’s quality management system. This is done both formally and informally by SP and operating room leadership, department culture, and even the longest standing team members. Department workflow is determined through standard operating procedures, standard works, and best practices. To ensure that “how we’ve always done it” is actually creating the outcome the patient must have, competencies come into play.


  1.  Review the meaning of “competency” and how technical application is measured against quality expectations.
  1. Explain the responsibility of Sterile Processing professionals to assess department processes and proficiencies.
  1. Identify when remediation is necessary, and which evaluation categories can be used to create a remediation plan.

About the instructor

Sarah B. Cruz

president and founder of PRETREAT CSS

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • Course Certificate

    The CBSPD (Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution) has pre-approved this in-service for one (1) contact hour for a period of five (5) years from the date of original publication. Successful completion of the lesson and post test must be documented by facility management and those records maintained by the individual until re-certification is required.


    For additional information regarding certification contact CBSPD – 148 Main Street, Suite C-1, Lebanon, NJ 08833


    HSPA (Healthcare Sterile Processing Association) has pre-approved this in-service for 1.0 Continuing Education Credits for a period of three years.

    For more information, direct any questions to Healthcare Purchasing News (941) 259-0832.