National Credential
Credential: Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET)  In-Demand resource
Credentialing Agency: Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)

Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) validates technicians have required knowledge of the principles of modern biomedical techniques, the proper procedure in the care, handling and maintenance of biomedical equipment and to display an attitude/behavior expected of an electronics technician who works in a hospital or healthcare environment. This is a mid-level certification. Applicants are required to meet certain education and experience requirement. There are several routes to meet the requirements; completion of a U.S. military biomedical equipment technology program and two years full-time BMET work experience is one way to meet the requirement.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68A Biomedical Equipment Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar    
Enlisted N5 Dental Laboratory Specialist ASI some          
Warrant Officer 670A Health Services Maintenance Technician WOMOS most        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

Star Credential Star icon

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

Gap Analysis Has Analysis icon

A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
901 N . Glebe Road
Suite 300
Arlington, VA  22203
Phone: (703) 525-4890
Fax: (703) 276-0793
Email: aci@aami.org

Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET)

Applicants must meet ONE of the following minimum eligibility requirements for Full Certification.
Note: Applicants desiring Full certification, but who do not yet meet the eligibility requirements (as listed), have the opportunity to apply through Candidate Status (Option#5). Successful candidates are given five years to meet the minimum eligibility requirements and be awarded Full certification.

Option 1: Applicants must have an Associate's degree in a biomedical academic program and two years of full-time biomedical equipment technician work experience.

Option 2: Applicants must have an Associate's degree in Electronics Technology and three years of full-time biomedical equipment technician experience.

Option 3: Applicant must have completed a U.S. military biomedical equipment technology program and two years of full-time biomedical equipment technician work experience.

Option 4: Applicants must have four years of full-time biomedical equipment technician experience.

Option 5: Applicants applying for Candidate status must meet ONE of the following minimum eligibility requirements as of the application deadline:

  • Associate’s degree in biomedical equipment technology program;
  • Completion of a U.S. military biomedical equipment technology program;
  • Associate’s degree in electronics technology and one year full-time BMET work experience;
  • Two years of full-time BMET work experience.

Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET)

  • Anatomy and Physiology (12%)
  • Public Safety in the Health Care Facility (15%)
  • Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics (13%)
  • Healthcare Technology Problem Solving (25%)
  • Healthcare Technology Function and Operation (25%)
  • Healthcare Information Technology (10%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Kryterion. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the Kryterion website:

For more information on the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) credential has the following recertification information:

  • To retain an ACI certification, a certified professional must accumulate a minimum of 15 activity points over a three-year-period and submit a continuing practice journal with the applicable fees.

Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET)

Additional considerations for the Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) include:

  • For military applicants special arrangements can be made for testing on a Military base. A written request must be sent to the Professional Testing Corporation with the name, address, phone number, and/or e-mail address of the Education Center on the base at least eight weeks before the examination date. Further details can be obtained from AAMI Applicant Handbook.