Play a critical supporting role in medicine and healthcare with our Medical Device Reprocessing Technician certificate program.  

This fast-paced program provides entry-level training in decontamination, inspection, packaging, sterilizing, storing and handling sterile supplies and surgical instruments, focusing on infection prevention and control and aseptic techniques. 

With an emphasis on hands-on learning, you’ll spend time in simulated laboratory and real-world clinical environments, developing your professional competencies to ensure you can enter the workforce with confidence and advanced practical knowledge while working safely and professionally. 

As a student, you will:  

  • learn the specifics of cleaning processes for various medical-surgical instruments and equipment 
  • gain expertise in handling surgical equipment and assembling sterilized surgical packages for use or storage 
  • master the use of autoclaves and other sterilization equipment 
  • understand the principles of sterile storage to maintain instrument integrity 
  • develop the skills to handle surgical equipment and instruments to perform function testing while preventing contamination 
  • focus on preventing infection through meticulous adherence to safety and infection control protocols 
  • practice the critical techniques necessary to maintain a sterile environment 
  • develop professional responsibility, including scope of practice, ethics, communication, critical thinking, accountability and professional collaboration. 

As a graduate, you’ll be eligible for positions like medical device reprocessing technician, sterile processing technician or sterile service aide. 

You’ll find a range of employment opportunities in settings like hospitals, surgical centers, laboratories, specialty clinics, dental clinics, outpatient care facilities and private and public healthcare institutions. 

Our Medical Device Reprocessing program prepares you to write either the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management exam or the Canadian Standards Association exam to become a Certified Registered Central Service Technician, allowing you to work as a medical device reprocessing technician professional. 

Those in sterile processing need: 

  • fine motor skills 
  • critical thinking and adaptability 
  • effective communication skills  
  • the ability to work independently 
  • to work well under stress, maintain professional behaviour and emotionally self-regulate 
  • to be able to use technology 
  • attention to detail 
  • to tolerate the sight of human blood and tissue 
  • the ability to assist in transporting, lifting and positioning patients and equipment and meet the physical demands of the job (for example, using your hand, wrist and arm for prolonged periods) 
  • the ability to lift 40 pounds (20 kilograms) and push or pull 250 pounds (110 kilograms) frequently. 

Medical device reprocessing technicians and related professionals must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for extended periods. This includes exposure to latex and disinfection materials.

You may also be required to work extended hours and shift work, including nights and weekends. 

You are strongly encouraged to refer to the ALIS website for career, learning, and employment information for surgical processors to ensure you can successfully meet the occupational requirements for the program and profession.

This program includes a required practicum. Practicums are not necessarily consecutive and may not be continuous with the end of the theory portion of the program. For example, there may be a gap between finishing your theory classes and starting your practicum.

You will be assigned practicum placements with consideration given to your preference of location. However, due to limited availability in Calgary, you might need to travel or relocate outside the city. Special considerations will not be accommodated.

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, you will be required to provide specific documentation before you can participate in your practicum. Find out what requirements you need for this program

This program is recognized by the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). 

Graduates are prepared to challenge the certification exams for both these bodies. SAIT program administrators can assist with you with exam preparation. 

As the certification requirements vary across provincial and national jurisdictions, graduates are encouraged to challenge both exams to maximize their employability. 

Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll be awarded a SAIT Medical Device Reprocessing Technician certificate.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

people icon 95% graduate employment rate

salary icon $44,200 average starting salary

Find out more about our graduate employment statistics >

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 32129, 33109.


Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.


The Medical Device Reprocessing Technician certificate requires 18 credits (eight courses) to complete.

Course Credits

This applied computer course provides students with critical electronic communications, data and file management skills, along with a strong focus on using common productivity applications to format, calculate, analyze, visualize, and present or report data and information.

  • COMP 261

Practicum focuses on the application of theoretical concepts and professional practice experience in a medical device reprocessing department. Students will also receive instruction on how to prepare for a comprehensive theory exam and professional certification.

  • SPRO 207

This course provides learners with an opportunity to apply foundational medical device reprocessing skills, as well as human relations and communication skills, while working as a team member in a simulated medical device reprocessing environment. Emphasis will be on safe work and professional practices, quality and time management, multi-tasking and critical thinking skills.


This course is an introduction to medical instruments, including their classifications, manufacturing processes, components, quality control, testing and maintenance. Other key components of the course are the use of specific packaging materials and containers for reprocessing medical devices, with a focus on selecting the correct materials, wrapping techniques and storage practices to ensure device integrity, as well as inventory control and distribution standards.


This course introduces the foundational principles and structure of a medical device reprocessing department. Students will learn about Canadian standards and governing bodies associated with medical device reprocessing. They will also explore the concepts of workflow, infection control, safety risk management and decontamination in a medical device reprocessing department.


This course introduces the key principles, affecting factors, and monitoring materials and techniques used in medical device sterilization. Students will learn about steam sterilization, hydrogen peroxide gas plasma sterilization, hydrogen peroxide vaporized sterilization and liquid peracetic acid sterilization, as well as sterilization using ethylene oxide.



You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or at least 70% in English Language Arts 30-2, and
  • at least 60% in Science 20, Biology 20 or Chemistry 20, or at least 70% in Science 24.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.


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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

There are no formal transfer agreements currently in place for this program.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta search tool for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Waitlisted
  • Application deadline: Extended

Winter 2025

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: Oct. 25, 2024


2024/25 tuition and fees

The following estimated costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 1.5 $7,596 $1,211 $8,807
Total cost:

Books and supplies are approximately $400 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page. A laptop is preferable to other device types.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. Booklists are created by semester and available approximately two weeks before classes begin.

Required uniforms and personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you’ll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes.

Your required uniform can be purchased before orientation from anywhere that sells medical uniforms. Your uniform should consist of:

  • a scrub top and bottom
  • safety glasses
  • comfortable, closed-toe and closed-heel, water-impervious, slip-resistant shoes.

Additional fees

  • A fee is associated with obtaining a police information check, including a vulnerable sector check, payable to the police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
  • You must have your immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $75 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines you need to be administered will result in additional charges.
  • A fee of approximately $50 to $100 is associated with an electronic student permit checking submission required for clinical practicum placements, payable to Synergy Gateway through the Verified software platform.
  • A fee is associated with the CompKeepr application used in this program.
  • You are responsible for additional expenses related to your practicum, including pre-practicum requirements and relocation costs to practicum sites outside of Calgary.
  • You may be required to hold the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certification to gain employment. The HSPA certification exam fee is approximately $140, and the CSA certification exam fee is approximately $263. 

Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.

Application process

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Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

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Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the admission process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add hps.info@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. 


Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants.

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Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

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