The Eye Bank Association of America offers the opportunity to attain Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) status through an electronic examination administered by an outside educational testing agency. In addition, a candidate for eye bank technician certification must successfully demonstrate proficiency in the recovery of corneoscleral rims, which must be witnessed and verified by the candidate’s Medical Director and Technical Trainer.
The Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) Exam is offered twice a year. The exam consists of 250 multiple-choice questions and covers “Anatomy and Physiology,” “Quality Assurance and Control,” “Donor-Related Issues,” and “Tissue-Related Procedures”. A candidate must receive a score of 187 to pass the exam.
The CEBT Exam is managed by Professional Testing Corporation and will be delivered by Prometric testing centers. The exam can be taken in person a testing center or online using a remote proctor. For information about these two options, please visit the links below.
Once certification is awarded, CEBT status will expire on December 31st, three years from the date of certification. Recertification may be obtained by earning 16 continuing education units (CEUs), and meeting the EBAA course requirements within the three-year period. Refer to the section on recertification for further details.
An applicant for eye bank technician certification must meet the following criteria:
1) Possess at least a minimum of one of the following:
- Baccalaureate Degree AND a minimum of six (6) months of experience within the past two (2) years in a transplant organization with active involvement in the procurement and processing of eyes, tissues and/or organs, and be recommended by the Executive Director and a physician who meets the requirement of an “Eye Bank Medical Director,” as defined in C1.200 of the Medical Standards.
- High school degree or GED, AND a minimum of twelve (12) months of experience within the past two (2) years in a transplant organization with active involvement in the procurement and processing eyes, tissues and/ or organs, and be recommended by the Executive Director, and a physician who meets the requirement of an “Eye Bank Medical Director,” as defined in C1.200 of the Medical Standards.
2) Submit a completed “Practical Performance Competency Verification” form, signed by the eye bank’s Medical Director, Technical Trainer, and Executive Director. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the recovery of corneoscleral discs by performing an in situ or laboratory excision witnessed by a Technician Trainer and Medical Director.
The CEBT Exam Application is an online process. When completing the application, you will be required to upload the Practical Performance Competency Verification signed by the eye bank’s Medical Director, Technical Trainer., and Executive Director. Candidates may pay the exam fees with credit card or check. If you will be paying by check, complete the online application and select the “Pay Later” option, and then mail a check to Eye Bank Association of America, 1101 17th St NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20036.
The EBAA will acknowledge receipt of the candidate’s application. Once the application is processed by the EBAA staff, the candidate will receive a confirmation email with additional steps that must be completed immediately that will include submitting additional information on the testing company’s website.
The CEBT Exam is offered twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.
2022 Spring Exam Cycle: April 9-23, 2022
Early Bird Deadline: February 11
Application Deadline: March 4
- Criteria for Certification and Recertification
- Exam Content Outline
- Exam Study Guide
- The CEBT Exam: Updates, Information, and Resources – Free informational webinar!
- Practice Exam – Administered by Professional Testing Corporation
- EBAA Medical Standards (viewable in Members section)
- EBAA Procedures Manual (viewable in Members section)
- FDA Final Guidance for Industry: Current Good Tissue Practice (cGTP)
- FDA Final Guidance for Industry: Eligibility Determination for Donors of HCT/Ps