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.
You'll never know if you don't ask.
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.
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.
Be sure to utilize the RPSGT blueprint and other resources on the BRPT website. Only use the approved resources listed in the study guide.
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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