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How to use your CPSGT credential


I started with a simple post about how to use your CPSGT credential and realized there's too much information. So, I've decided to expand with this blog.

Here are 4 things you should do after passing the Certified Polysomnographic Technician exam and receiving your CPSGT credential. 

1. Find a job at a sleep center

You'll never know if you don't ask.

If you don't have one already, start applying. The CPSGT may seem too "entry level" for anyone to take seriously but there are plenty of sleep centers that are looking for candidates just starting in the field. 

Some jobs want experience, but you can never get experience if no one gives you a chance. There are some labs out there that only will hire RPSGTs with 5+ years of experience but there are plenty who want someone with fresh eyes. A CPSGT is usually hungry to learn and more adaptable to change than a seasoned tech so don't cut yourself short as a CPSGT, you have a lot to offer. 

Comb through ads and apply to any center offering a position. Even those that are asking for the 5+years RPSGT may take a chance on you, the worst thing they can say is "no", but you'll never know if you don't ask. 

2. Ask all the questions

Now I don't mean inappropriate or offensive questions about unrelated topics, I mean ANYTHING that you don't understand about sleep and the sleep study process. As a CPSGT you have learned SO much but believe it or not there is still SO MUCH left to learn and understand. RPSGTs that are given a position training new techs usually get there because they enjoy it and are good at it. They have the patience to help you understand things you don't comprehend and the humility to remember what it was like to be in your situation. USE THEM!

If you are in a situation where you are matched with a mentor who is less than helpful and gets frustrated with your questions, don't take it personally. Everyone has ups and downs in life and that includes experienced, knowledgeable sleep techs. Give them some grace because mentoring is hard.

If you remember any key takeaways from this blog let it be this: THE INTERNET EXISTS. When you are hitting a wall and feel lost at work, remember that the internet has a breadth of knowledge at your fingertips. BUT use caution. Stick to sites that are industry standards.

Tech groups can be a great resource but if you learn anything on a group site be sure to ask for sources or find the source yourself to verify the correct way to do things. This FB Group is heavily moderated and has strict rules about what is posted. All information will have resources associated with it. You can also post general questions and receive answers from extremely knowledgeable and helpful sleep techs. 

3. Figure out your RPSGT study methods

So, you've passed the CPSGT and think your done taking exams…think again. The CPSGT credential is a temporary credential that lasts 3 years and cannot be renewed. So, the studying never ends and that's a good thing. We should always be learning. Think about what worked best for you for that exam and what works best with your schedule and attentiveness.

Can you cram 1 full study day a week? Review information for 30 minutes daily? Are you an audible, visual, or kinetic learner? Figure out the best method and create an action plan. Depending on your pathway you could be ready to take the RPSGT exam within 3-12 months from starting work. 

  • Specific: I will pass the RPSGT exam.
  • Measurable: I will study for 60 minutes/week for 6 months.
  • Achievable: I already received my CPSGT credential and will continue to progress my career by passing the RPSGT exam.
  • Relevant: I've invested in my career so far through education and passing the CPSGT. Passing the RPSGT exam will establish my competence as a sleep technologist and lead to more opportunities and higher compensation.
  • Time-Bound: I will apply for the exam in August and choose an exam date within 2 months after my acceptance letter arrives.

Be sure to utilize the RPSGT blueprint and other resources on the BRPT website. Only use the approved resources listed in the study guide. 

4. Apply for the RPSGT exam

Ok, now this is the scary part…not. If you've followed the above tips, the exam doesn't have to be scary. Proper preparation can only reduce any test anxiety or lack of confidence you may have felt in the past. When you feel ready and become eligible, send in that application! If you don't feel ready, make a plan to get there. Set a timeline so you know that there is an end in sight. Hold yourself accountable by telling others about your action plan.

Think of something special you can reward yourself with after you take the exam. And I do mean "TAKE" the exam not PASS. Sure, that's the end goal but sitting for the exam is a huge accomplishment and you deserve a reward for having the courage to try. Whatever you do, don't say you'll apply someday because that day likely will never come and 3 years into your CPSGT you'll be stuck without any credentials. 

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Friday, 19 July 2024