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How long does it take for the examination application review process?

Please allow up to 6 weeks for the NBSTSA to process your application and mail your Authorization To Test (ATT) letter.  You may choose to add rush processing for your application for an additional $50 charge. In that case, the total fee must be paid by a credit or debit card or a money order. Rush processing is a guaranteed 3-5 business days in the office before we mail your ATT letter. 

How do I know if the program I graduated from was CAAHEP or ABHES accredited?

The CAAHEP and ABHES websites only list currently accredited programs. To find out if a program was accredited while you were enrolled, call the NBSTSA office at 800-707-0057. There are different types of accreditations, so do not assume that a program is CAAHEP or ABHES accredited just because you hear the word “accredited”. In addition, be aware that the program itself must hold CAAHEP or ABHES accreditation, not just the school as a whole. 

When are the examinations scheduled?

The examinations are by appointment only. You must apply, be determined eligible, and make an appointment to take the examination with the testing agency at a location near you. Examinations are no longer scheduled on specific dates. Each testing center has its own schedule for testing; however, most of the centers are available 6 days a week, twice a day.

What is the cost of the test?

The CST Examination price for those who have never been certified before is $190 for AST Members or $290 for non-members.

The CSFA Examination price is $190 for AST Members or $290 for non-members.

The renewal by exam fee for the CST and CSFA Examinations is $399 for ASTmembers and $499 for non-members.

The full testing fee must be paid in advance to the NBSTSA. If an applicant is found to be ineligible, the examination application fee will be refunded minus the processing fee and rush-processing fee if applicable.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes. We accept credit or debit MasterCard, Visa, and Discover for both mailed in and online applications. We do allow candidates to pay with cards that are not in their name. If you are paying with a third party credit card, please fill in the card holder’s information as requested in the payment section of the application.

Do I need to have a current AST membership card on the day I take the examination?

No. You must be an AST member when you apply to receive the AST member discount.  

If I fail my examination how soon can I retest?

There is no waiting period, so you may reapply immediately. Candidates may only test three times during one calendar year. Proof of graduation is kept on file, but an application and payment must be submitted each time you wish to test.