Home » Certification » CTBS Exam

Registration for the 2019 Exam will open in May 6, 2019 and close on September 2, 2019.

Overview of Exam

In order to become designated as a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS), individuals must receive a passing score on the AATB Certified Tissue Bank Specialist Examination.

The AATB Certified Tissue Bank Specialist Examination is comprised of 130 multiple-choice test items 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 not limited to memorization of facts alone; rather, it is meant to assess the ability of the candidate to apply the subject material and concepts.

Examinees will have the benefit of scheduling their test time over a one week period at the location of their choosing, and organizations will not need to register their site as an alternate testing location.​ Find your nearest testing center.

Exam Schedule

Exam is scheduled to be held from September 9 - September 14, 2019.

It will not be held during Annual Meeting as it has in past years.

2018 Exam Stats

For statistics about the 2018 CTBS Exam, please refer to the "Certified Tissue Bank Specialist Program" section of the 2018 Year in Review.


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.


Grading will be instantaneous, providing examinees with not only their outcome, but also with their printed certificate. ​