Understanding the Difference Between CSTE and Continuing Education Credits

Discover how Continuing Sleep Technology Education (CSTE) credits differ from general Continuing Education Credits and explore online opportunities to advance your career in sleep technology.
Written by
Andrew Brewer
Published on
April 13, 2024

In the constantly evolving field of sleep technology, professionals continuously seek opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills. Among the avenues for professional development, Continuing Sleep Technology Education (CSTE) and Continuing Education Credits (CEC) stand out. Although both are essential for maintaining expertise and compliance with industry standards, it's crucial to recognize their distinctions, especially for those involved with the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).

Continuing Education Credits (CEC/CEU): A Broad Spectrum

Continuing Education Credits (CECs) or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) represent a broad category of professional development activities spanning various disciplines. These credits, earned through seminars, workshops, courses, and conferences, ensure that professionals remain current with the latest advancements and regulatory standards in their field.

Continuing Sleep Technology Education (CSTE): Specialized Learning for BRPT Professionals

CSTE, or Continuing Sleep Technology Education, is a subset of CECs/CEUs, crafted specifically for the polysomnography and sleep technology field. Issued by the BRPT, CSTEs indicate that the educational vendor submitted their activity directly to the BRPT, they reviewed it and issued the CSTE designation. These CSTEs are issued for the educational needs of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGTs) and Certified Polysomnographic Technicians (CPSGTs), focusing on sleep study advancements, patient care, and sleep technology equipment. Earning CSTEs signifies a commitment to professional excellence and adherence to BRPT's high standards.

Key Differences and the Significance of Specialized Education

The main distinction between CSTEs and general CECs/CEUs is their relevance and application scope. CSTEs are precisely designed for sleep technology related activities, offering targeted education that directly benefits their career and patient care quality. For those certified by the BRPT, acquiring CSTEs is a requisite for credential maintenance, emphasizing the necessity of selecting appropriate continuing education types.

Expanding Opportunities through Online Courses

Recognizing the importance of accessible and specialized education, we proudly offer a variety of online courses designed to enable sleep technology professionals to earn CSTE credits conveniently. These courses are tailored to meet the dynamic needs of the field, ensuring that participants can stay ahead in their practice while fulfilling their professional development requirements.

Explore our comprehensive course library to find the right online courses for earning your CSTE credits.


Continuing education fosters a lifelong learning and professional growth standard, CSTEs are BRPT issued continuing education designation. Understanding the differences between these educational credits is crucial for professionals aiming to maintain their certifications and excel in their careers. CSTEs will ALWAYS be acceptedly the BRPT because they are issued by the BRPT on behalf of the educational activity.

For more in-depth information on CSTE and its significance for sleep technology professionals, visit the BRPT website: https://www.brpt.org/learn/cste-program.

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