Certified Repository Technician Training Program


ISBER recognizes the need for broadly available, consistent education and training for repository technicians. The Certified Repository Technician Training Program will ensure access to a body of knowledge that will support successful strategies for the collection, processing, storage and dissemination of high quality biospecimens for research.

To this aim, the Society is partnering with the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to explore the feasibility of developing a Certification Training Program for Repository Technicians. Successful participants in the program would be certified for their acquisition of knowledge essential to repository operations.

 The goals for the program are to:

  • Improve the consistency in operations by increasing the number of staff trained in effective processes for operating banks
  • Create opportunities to expand the depth of knowledge for particular biobanks by providing them access to a pool of candidates that are educated regarding state-of-the-art repository practices
  • Enhance interest in the selection of repository technical work as a career
  • Improve the perceived value of certified technicians among stake holders at the repository

The program, as currently envisioned, will be designed for individuals with a defined educational background, based on a scientific discipline in the life sciences with laboratory experience, and with work experience in a repository or biobank. For those who have not obtained a university degree, work experience commensurate with educational experience is expected to be allowed. Exact criteria for those who are eligible to sit for the exam are currently under development.

Those sitting for the exam will be expected to have participated in educational training activities that are being developed to increase the likelihood of successful passage of the certification examination. Modules encompassing the subject material are being created by subject matter experts based on the Third Edition of ISBER's Best Practices for Repositories: Collection, Storage, Retrieval and Distribution of Biological Materials for Research. It is anticipated that ISBER will develop and provide educational materials/courses for individuals; certification will be provided by ASCP.