Application for NZSSA Registration

Aim

To provide an avenue for Technicians to demonstrate ongoing professionalism and promote development of qualified personnel in this young profession.

What are we looking for in the registration process?

When a Technician achieves the Certificate in Sterilising Technology, it is not considered to be the end of their learning. The certificate identifies that the Technician has achieved the basic knowledge to allow them to be safe to work in a reprocessing environment. When a Technician becomes registered, they have a responsibility to keep their skills and knowledge current by actively engaging in relevant, on-going and continuing professional development. Ultimately, it is about contributing to high quality patient care.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is described as:
“Continuing professional development is a range of learning activities through which health professionals maintain and develop throughout their career to ensure that they retain their ability to practice safely and legally within their scope of practice” (Health Professions Council UK).

Therefore, the bi-annual registration process is for the Technician to demonstrate that they have continued their learning and development through self-directed learning and that such learning aids the Technician in ensuring that they meet the requirements of the New Zealand Sterile Services Association (NZSSA), scope of practice for Technicians. The professional body is seeking evidence that the Technician has put thought into their future learning and development, and how that fits in with their vision of their future career pathway. The NZSSA are also looking for the technician to illustrate their learning and development through reflection upon their practice.

How to become a Registered Technician?

This applies to all Sterile Technicians holding a Certificate in Sterilising Technology Level 3 or advanced Certificate in Sterilising Technology Level 5. The requirement is that all applications be submitted in a portfolio format either via mail or online and include:

  • Completed application form.
  • Verification of NZSSA membership being current.
  • Current curriculum vitae of applicant.
  • Copy of Professional Development Plan (PDP).
  • Copy of professional development record.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Confirmation of a minimum of 40 practice hours as a Sterilising Technician.in a relevant environment e.g. CSSD, Endoscopy, Dental Clinic, Veterinary Practice, GP Clinic
  • Reflection of practice x 2 for level 5 Advanced Cert in Sterilising Technology applicants.
  • Reflection of practice x 1 for level 3 Cert in Sterilising Technology applicants.

Applications for registration are accepted twice a year:

  • 14 January to 25 February
  • 14 July to 25 August

Education records supporting NZSSA registration

Each applicant must have a minimum of 20 hours education over a 2 year period. Continuing education recognised for registration includes workbased, professional activities, formal education and Self-directed learning.

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