The Colorado Association of Biomedical Equipment Technicians (CABMET) has a solid history of presenting a very successful certification study group. Over the years, it has expanded its offerings, which now include teleconferences that enable all biomeds interested in certification to participate, including non-CABMET members. This year, a few other associations also offered study groups in conjunction with CABMET, supporting even more biomeds in their quest for certification.

Last week, I heard of a new twist on this that came from Dan DeMaria, manager of biomedical engineering at Olathe Medical Center in Kansas. Here’s what he says:

“My department has gathered enough interest to bring a study group for CBET certification to be held at Olathe Medical Center. We’ll be studying via teleconference with CABMET and will be setting up a test in Kansas City for the November test date. We’ve already received commitment from 21 BMETs that will be attempting certification. Quite a large group!”

What I find significant about this is that Dan brought this opportunity “in-house.” While associations have been stepping up to support the individuals’ efforts, Dan found a way for the department to provide this avenue and help overcome obstacles. So, how did this come about? First, Dan stresses that he shares credit for this with his entire team. Here’s what else he said:

“Initially, we were attempting to convince our junior techs and those techs that come from OEMs that certification would be desirable. One of the excuses given as to why they couldn’t take the certification exam this year was the need to drive four hours to the nearest testing center. As a result, we sent out e-mails through the local biomed society to gauge interest for local testing. The response was overwhelming. Kind of, ‘Build it and they will come.’ We secured meeting space, contacted AAMI, worked with CABMET who has a proven record of success, and removed all hurdles except passing the test.”

I commend Dan and his team for taking this step. He’s hoping other departments can follow this path and copy their success. Would you consider certification if your department supported it in this way? Has your department done something similar that helped you advance your career? Let us know.