By David Scott
I have talked about the CBET test changing in previous articles. While at the MD Expo, I attended an interesting class by Sherrie Schulte from AAMI Credentials Institute (ACI). She presented the changes for the 2018 CBET Exam. All three exams remain at 165 questions.
As expected the content of each topic is staying the same but the amount of focus or the number of questions in each topic is changing somewhat. The changes involve Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics and Healthcare Information Technology. The other percentages stay the same from 2017 to 2018.
Bigger changes came in the CLES test.
As you can see there is a new topic added and one taken out completely. The new topic is Biology and Chemistry. There are also major changes in the percentages of questions asked in each category.
The CRES test keeps the same content topics but the percentages change significantly.
While I was attending the class I was thinking to myself, “How would this change how a person studies and prepares for certification?” I concluded that it wouldn’t change much except for maybe studying a little more Healthcare IT Content. The new outline is quite a bit different than the old outline. Go to the AAMI website (www.aami.org) and check out the handbook. The 2018 content is already in the handbook.
If you are renewing your certification in 2018 you will be using the new CEU system for renewal “points” now called Continuing Education Units or CEUs. Which, in my opinion, it is much easier and better to accumulate the needed 30 CEUs over a three-year renewal period.
I’m looking forward to the next MD Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. I’m sure it will be very well organized, fun and informative just like all the other ones have been. There will also be new opportunities to learn and earn CEUs.
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