All CEUs must be submitted through the AATB portal. Directions on how to submit your CEUs electronically can be found on pages 1-5 of AATB's Printable How to Complete Your Online Recertification Guide.

CEUs and Recertification

CEUs may only be applied to a recertification if earned during that active certification cycle. CEUs do not roll up or roll over to future certification cycles.

Example: If the active certification cycle is January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2017, CEUs earned prior to the start of the certification period or following the recertification date may not be applied.

CEU Recertification Requirements

Option 1 Option 2
60+total CEUs 40+​total CEUs
No specific category requirements 20+ must be category 2 CEUs

Continuing Education Credit Categories & Examples

General education or continued education (i.e. college courses) may be applied as recertification CEUs under Category 1.​

Category examples include but are not limited to the following:

Life Science Topics

Category 1

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Cryobiology
  • Pharmacology

Medical/Social Topics

Category 1

  • Death and Dying Concepts
  • Donor Family Services
  • Gamete Donor and Recipient Concepts
  • Aftercare Practices

Ethical, Moral and Legal Topics

Category 1

  • Informed Consent/ Authorization
  • Brain Death
  • Religious Beliefs Associated with Donation
  • ME/Autopsy/Death Investigation
  • Bioethics
  • Funeral Home & Embalming


Category 1

  • Hospital Development
  • Management & Leadership
  • Marketing Practices
  • Professional Development
  • Management & Leadership Training
  • Community Relations
  • LEAN & Process Improvement

Tissue Banking Credits

Category 2

  • Donor Screening & Testing
  • Aseptic Technique Training & Recovery
  • Processing, Preservation, Quarantine, and Storage
  • Tissue or Specimen Packaging
  • Donor Eligibility, Assessment & Documentation
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Processing Equipment/ Instruments
  • AATB & FDA Specific Inspection & Auditing Practices
  • Approved CTBS Exam Question Submission (2 credits per submission)

Other Ways to Earn CEUs

Additional credits may only be applied when earned during an active certification cycle.

Type of Credit Description CEUs
Educator Speaking, moderating, planning, facilitating, or organizing educational conferences, programs, training events, or inservice symposia related to tissue banking 2 CEUs per program
Articles, Books and Other Published Materials Each publicly published article or abstract on topics related to the tissue banking profession appearing in magazines, journals, books, or published as booklet 5 CEUs per publication
AATB Committee Involvement
(Category 2)
Committee/Council; Chair/ Vice Chair/ Secretary 2 CEUs per year of service
AATB Committee Involvement
(Category 2)
Committee Member 1 CEU per year of service

Supporting Documentation for CEUs

CTBS/CRCS are required to document their CEUs using the online AATB Portal. AATB performs annual random audits. CTBS/CRCS must maintain records confirming CEUs. This may be in the form of certificates, verification messages and completed program evaluations.​