Certification: Certified Industrial Sterilization Specialist (CISS)

4301 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 301 Arlington, VA 22203-1633

An industrial sterilization specialist is a person who understands the principles of sterilization process development, validation, control, and management as part of the manufacture of healthcare products. A CISS has expertise in the science of sterilization (including but not limited to microbiology, physics, and chemistry), knowledge of sterilization processing, quality management systems, risk management and regulatory requirements.

Within the CISS program, candidates have the unique opportunity to specialize in any of the three major sterilization concentrations:

Certified Industrial Sterilization Specialist: Ethylene Oxide (CISS-EO)
Certified Industrial Sterilization Specialist: Moist Heat (CISS-MH)
Certified Industrial Sterilization Specialist: Radiation (CISS-RAD)

More than two years of work experience required?
Oral or Written Exam Required?
Renewal Required?
Every 3 Year(s)
Renew through Continuing Professional Development(CPD)?
Does applicant have choice of at least two options from above for renewal (CEU, CPD, or exam)?


The certification has an education level of an Associates of Arts or Associates of Sciences degree or higher and has a work experience requirement of more than 2 years, or requires obtaining a ‘core’ level certification from the same organization.