AAMI Continuing Education Units (CEU) program
Technology is paramount in today’s healthcare market, and BMETs play a vital role in patient care through the inspection, maintenance and repair of medical devices. As healthcare becomes more complex, healthcare technology professionals seek certification as a way of demonstrating their accomplishments, mastery of skills, and experience in core competencies.
The need for a workforce knowledgeable in the theory of operation, underlying physiological principles, and safe application of biomedical equipment is a central concern of many hospitals and asset managers. Certification demonstrates that successful applicants have the knowledge to ensure a safe, reliable healthcare environment.
ACI Certification for the Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) is a formal recognition by the AAMI Credentials Institute (ACI) that individuals have demonstrated excellence in theoretical as well as practical knowledge of the principles of biomedical equipment technology. The AAMI Credentials Institute (ACI) awards certification credentials to healthcare technology professionals and entities in higher education, industry, and healthcare delivery.
Once certified, continuing education credits can be obtained to maintain certification, and keep Biomedical Technicians and Engineers up to date on the latest technology.
CEUs can be accumulated through a wide range of professional activities, including:
- Earning an additional HTM-related certification or IT certification
- Leadership roles in HTM-related and healthcare committees, workgroups, or appointments
- Development of educational content
- Professional development
- College or university courses
- Work experience
It is universally understood that rapid technological advancement is inherent to the medical instrumentation profession. In a profession that regularly undergoes such constant change, the importance of certification is growing rapidly. The purpose of this program is to ensure that those who are actively certified maintain a level of professional knowledge and skill that is consistent with the standards according to which certification was initially conferred.
To maintain an ACI certification, an HTM professional must: Accumulate a minimum of 30 CEUs over a three-year-period, Submit a continuing practice journal and Pay the applicable fees.
Additional Sources of information:
- All details of ACI’s certification programs are spelled out in the ACI Certification Handbook
- You can check the status of your certification in the online ACI Certification Directory.
- AAMI offers the BMET Study Guide for the BMET-related exams.
- Additional information can be found at AAMI’s Certification FAQ Page
Category IV: Professional Development (minimum CEU’s needed in this category is 15- no maximum.
|Attending education class (such as AAMI course)||1 CEU per hour of attendance|
|attending an in-service (documented) vendor presentation or vendor school||1 CEU per hour of attendance|
|Attending a webinar (live or recorded)||1 CEU per hour of attendance|
|HTM Conferences (seminars/sessions)||1 CEU per hour of attendance|
|Presenting a webinar||2 CEU’s per hour of presentation|
|Teaching an education class/seminar||2 CEU’s per hour of teaching|
|Presenting a technical paper||2 CEU’s per hour of presentation|
|Courses indirectly related to HTM field (such as communication, management, accounting)||0.5 CEU’s per hour of attendance|