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The 2021 AATB Certified Tissue Bank Specialist Preparatory Course

For the first time ever, the AATB Certified Tissue Bank Specialist Exam will be offered twice in 2021. The exam will be administered at remote testing centers April 5-11, 2021, and the second administration will be October 4-10.

 The exam will be administered remotely at remote testing centers. 

About the Prep Course

The AATB Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS) Preparatory Course is the only AATB sanctioned course providing examinees with content, materials, and tools to prepare for the examination.

The 2021 CTBS Prep Course will be available January, 2021 through October 10, 2021. The program includes;

  • On-demand lectures covering all aspects of the CTBS examination.  
  • The AATB CTBS study reference guide.
  • Access to the AATB Standards for Tissue Banking.
  • Live Q & A sessions.
  • Practices quizzes.

Extensive evaluation has led to redevelopment of The AATB CTBS Prep Course. AATB staff and committee members have evaluated every aspect of the CTBS examination and prep course material to assure our examinees have the resources to effectively study for the examination.


About the CTBS Examination

CTBS is an individual designation which is attained by passing the CTBS Examination. This designation signifies that the certified individual has successfully demonstrated an understanding of the basic principles, concepts, and AATB Standards for Tissue Banking.

CTBS is the only professional designation available specifically for the tissue banking community, and therefore encompasses all levels of tissue banking professionals, from those new to tissue banking, all the way through to medical directors and executives.

The CTBS Exam is developed by AATB Certification Committee and is intended to assess the comprehensive knowledge, understanding, and application of the AATB Standards for Tissue Banking, relevant regulations, and best practices associated with tissue banking. The exam is comprised of 120 multiple choice questions related to Quality Assurance, Distribution, Donor Screening & Testing, Processing and Recovery. The examination includes questions focused on all tissue for transplant including; musculoskeletal, cardiac, vascular, skin/dermis, and birth tissue.  

The examination will be administered April 5-11, 2021 globally. 

Recommended Experience and (or) Educational Background

Baccalaureate Degree and 6 months of experience (or) 12 months of experience in one or more of the following tissue banking related fields: assessing donor eligibility; tissue recovery; tissue establishment management/ leadership; tissue processing; storage or distribution; quality assurance; educator/trainer end user; (i.e. orthopedist or dental surgeon) supplier or manufacturer for tissue establishments or supporting role.

All prospective candidates for examination must submit a signed code of conduct.

Diversified tissue banking experience and participation in the AATB CTBS Exam Prep Course are highly recommended.

Passing Score

The passing score is 72% for the 2020 CTBS Examination. 


  • 2020 Study Reference Guide
    The guide has been developed to direct examinees to areas of study and review of relevant documents including AATB Standards for Tissue Banking and applicable regulations, such as FDA regulations. Presentations surrounding anatomy and clinical application are not detailed throughout this document.
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  • AATB Standards for Tissue Banking
    The 2020 CTBS Examination is developed based on AATB Standards for Tissue Banking as publish in January, 2020. Please use the attached version for your examination preparation and studies.
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The AATB Aseptic Technique Workshop Training Guide is a compilation of five individual training modules: Introduction to Aseptic Technique, Sterile Field, Surgical Scrub, Gowning & Gloving, and Donor Prepping & Draping. The intent of each of these modules is to promote and strengthen the knowledge of best practices involving aseptic technique for those members involved in the tissue recovery and packaging of tissues at recovery. At the conclusion of training for each module participants will be required to demonstrate competency through testing and direct observation.

The information contained in the AATB Aseptic Technique Workshop Training Guide reflects AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, 2015 Edition, and AST Standards of Practice for the topics covered/discussed; however, the guide does not contain all potential techniques and/or methods.

Only qualified preceptors and trainers should use this guide in conjunction with established AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice and AST Standards of Practice to develop their own Aseptic Technique Workshop Training Program.

  • Aseptic Technique Workshop Training Facilitator Guide
    This document is the student guide for training and educational purposes.
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  • Aseptic Technique Workshop Student Training Guide
    This document is the trainer/facilitator guide to assist in training and educating participants in various aspects of aseptic technique.
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