Certification Statistics

Certification Statistics

Total Certification Numbers

May 1, 2021

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST):

67,370

Certified Surgical First Assistant:

CST/CSFA - 4496

CSFA only - 1023

Total CSFA - 5519

Total NBSTSA Certified:

72,889

 

Annual Certification Statistics

Pass rates expressed below are 1st time test taker pass rates. 

WBT below = on campus web based testing.

CBT below = testing center computer based testing and live remote proctored testing.

2020 Certifications

CST Exam Statistics

  • 8,144 examinees
  • 5,587 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take Pass Rate: 73.7%%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate 93.8%%
    • Retake Pass Rate 41.8%%

CST CBT Exam Statistics

  • 3,040 examinees
  • 1,837  passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 74.8%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate: 93.8%
    • Retake Pass Rate: 41.8%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 5,104 examinees
  • 3,750 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 73.5%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate: 100%
    • Retake Pass Rate: 25%

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 790 examinees
  • 584 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take Pass Rate: 78.2%%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate 100%
    • Retake Pass Rate 63.3%

CSFA CBT Exam Statistics

  • 736 examinees
  • 541passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 78%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate: 100%
    • Retake Pass Rate: 63.3%

CSFA WBT Statistics

  • 54 examinees
  • 43 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 79.6%

2019 Certifications

CST Exam Statistics

  • 10,673 examinees
  • 6,418 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take Pass Rate: 64.6%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate 90.5%
    • Retake Pass Rate 40.8%

CST CBT Exam Statistics

  • 4,181 examinees
  • 2,238 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 66.7%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate: 90.5%
    • Retake Pass Rate: 40.7%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 6,492 examinees
  • 4,182 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 64.4%
    • Retake Pass Rate: 85.7%

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 1,041 examinees
  • 485 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take Pass Rate: 55.2%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate 80%
    • Retake Pass Rate 26.9%

CSFA CBT Exam Statistics

  • 977 examinees
  • 450 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 56.8%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate: 80%
    • Retake Pass Rate: 26.9%

CSFA WBT Statistics

  • 64 examinees
  • 25 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 39.1%

2018 Certifications

CST Exam Statistics

  • 10,024 examinees
  • 7,108 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take Pass Rate: 75.8%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate 96.8%
    • Retake Pass Rate 39.7%

CST CBT Exam Statistics

  • 3,257 examinees
  • 1,968 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 74.7%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate: 96.8%
    • Retake Pass Rate: 39.7%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 6,767 examinees
  • 5,140 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 76%
    • Retake Pass Rate: 50%

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 906 examinees
  • 588 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take Pass Rate: 73.1%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate 91.3%
    • Retake Pass Rate 36.2%

CSFA CBT Exam Statistics

  • 880 examinees
  • 566 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 73%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate: 91.3%
    • Retake Pass Rate: 36.2%

CSFA WBT Statistics

  • 26 examinees
  • 20 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 76.9%

2017 Certifications

CST Exam Statistics

  • 10,087 examinees
  • 7192 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take pass rate: 77.1%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate 96.2%
    • Retake Pass Rate 37.8%

CST CBT Exam Statistics

  • 3,439 examinees
  • 2,015 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take pass rate: 58.6%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 6,648 examinees
  • 5,179 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take pass rate: 77.9%

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 868 examinees
  • 565 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take Pass Rate: 69.8%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate 84.4%
    • Retake Pass Rate 45.2%

CSFA CBT Exam Statistics

  • 880 examinees
  • 566 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 73%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate: 91.3%
    • Retake Pass Rate: 36.2%

CSFA WBT Statistics

  • 26 examinees
  • 20 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 76.9%

2016 Certifications

CST Exam Statistics

  • 10,234 examinees
  • 7,261 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take pass rate: 76.7%
    • Recredentialing pass rate 98%
    • Retake pass rate 37.1%

CST CBT Statistics

  • 3,598 examinees
  • 2,119 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take pass rate: 71%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 6,636 examinees
  • 5,142 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take pass rate: 77.6%

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 672 examinees
  • 431 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take Pass Rate: 72.3%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate 93.5%
    • Retake Pass Rate 34.2%

CSFA CBT Exam Statistics

  • 651 examinees
  • 414 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 71.9%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate: 93.5%
    • Retake Pass Rate: 34.2%

CSFA WBT Statistics

  • 26 examinees
  • 20 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 76.9%

2015 Certifications

CST Exam Statistics

  • 10,492 examinees
  • 7,277 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take pass rate: 73.9%
    • Recredentialing pass rate 97.5%
    • Retake pass rate 40.6%

CST CBT Statistics

  • 4,033 examinees
  • 2,362 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take pass rate: 63.7%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 6,459 examinees
  • 4,915 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take pass rate: 76.1%

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 559 examinees
  • 381 passed
  • Ntl. 1st take Pass Rate: 73.8%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate 95.8%
    • Retake Pass Rate 46.7%

CSFA CBT Exam Statistics

  • 551 examinees
  • 375 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 68.1%
    • Recredentialing Pass Rate: 95.8%
    • Retake Pass Rate: 46.7%

CSFA WBT Statistics

  • 8 examinees
  • 6 passed
  • Ntl. 1st Take Pass Rate: 75%

2014 Certifications

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 601 examinees
  • 370 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 61.6%

CST Exam Statistics

  • 10,707 examinees
  • 7,476 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 69.8%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 6,907 examinees
  • 5,138 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 74.4%

2013 Certifications

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 471 examinees
  • 309 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 65.6%

CST Exam Statistics

  • 10,648 examinees
  • 7,611 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 71.5%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 6,825 examinees
  • 5,152 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 75.5%

2012 Certifications

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 425 examinees
  • 297 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 69.9%

CST Exam Statistics

  • 10,834 examinees
  • 7,118 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 65.7%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 6,792 examinees
  • 4,737 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 69.7%

2011 Certifications

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 391 examinees
  • 230 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 58.8%

CST Exam Statistics

  • 10,695 examinees
  • 6,003 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 56.1%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 6,190 examinees
  • 3,645 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 58.8%

2010 Certifications

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 228 examinees
  • 218 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 64.5%

CST Exam Statistics

  • 9,984 examinees
  • 5,608 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 56.2%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 5,469 examinees
  • 3,186 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 58%

2009 Certifications

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 303 examinees
  • 192 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 63.4%

CST Exam Statistics

  • 7,908 examinees
  • 4,947 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 62.6%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 4,125examinees
  • 2,576 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 62.4%

2008 Certifications

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 291 examinees
  • 162 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 56%

CST Exam Statistics

  • 6,709 examinees
  • 4,378 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 65%

CST WBT Statistics

  • 2,210 examinees
  • 1,430 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 65%

2007 Certifications

CSFA Exam Statistics

  • 305 examinees
  • 162 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 53%

CST Exam Statistics

  • 5,765 examinees
  • 3,806 passed
  • Ntl. pass rate: 66%