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RPSGT Certification Made Easier: Understanding the New Clinical Hour Requirements

Effective July 1, 2024, the BRPT has reduced the clinical hour requirements for the RPSGT Credential to 960 hours for Pathways 1, 2, 4, and 5. This update simplifies the certification process and addresses the national shortage of qualified sleep technologists. Our blog details the changes and their benefits.
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July 1, 2024
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July 1, 2024

We are excited to announce that the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) has updated the clinical hour requirements for obtaining the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) Credential. As of July 1, 2024, candidates applying through Pathways 1, 2, 4, and 5 must complete a minimum of 960 clinical hours. This new standard streamlines the process and creates a more uniform requirement across these pathways.

Previously, the clinical hour requirements were varied:

  • Pathway 1: 1638 hours
  • Pathways 2 and 5: 546 hours
  • Pathway 4: 819 hours

Making the RPSGT Credential More Accessible

A key theme of this update is to make the process of becoming an RPSGT more accessible, particularly for those pursuing Pathway 1. The reduction from 1638 to 960 hours represents a considerable decrease in the amount of clinical experience required. This change not only simplifies the path to credentialing but also makes it more attainable for a broader range of candidates.

This adjustment is likely part of a broader strategy by the BRPT to address the national shortage of qualified sleep technologists. By lowering the barriers to entry while still maintaining high standards, the BRPT aims to attract more candidates to the field, thereby helping to mitigate the shortage.

Key Changes to Pathway 4

One significant impact of this update is on Pathway 4, which now requires the same 960 hours as Pathway 1. Both pathways also require the completion of a self-study program within three years. However, there is a crucial distinction: Pathway 1 does not require the 10-day course provided by a Focused 2 provider, making it a more cost-effective and straightforward option for many candidates.

Pathway 4: Still a Viable Option

Despite this change, the 10-day Focused 2 course in Pathway 4 remains a valuable option for specific candidates. Here's why:

  1. Unique Circumstances: Candidates with unique prior experience or specific employer requirements may still find the 10-day course beneficial. It can provide a structured, comprehensive learning experience that may align better with their individual needs and professional goals.
  2. CPSGT Credential: The 10-day course is an excellent pathway for those aiming to earn their Certified Polysomnographic Technician (CPSGT) credential without the need to complete any clinical hours.


We understand that these changes may raise questions and considerations for many of our students and professionals in the field. We encourage you to review the pathway decision charts on our Pathway Eligibility page and determine which pathway best suits your circumstances. Our team is here to help you navigate these changes and ensure you have the information and resources needed to achieve your credentialing goals.

For any questions or further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are committed to supporting your journey in sleep medicine and helping you succeed in your professional endeavors.

Stay tuned for more updates and resources as we continue to adapt and support the evolving standards in our field.

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