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ASA Membership

The Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA) is a professional membership organization devoted to uniting professionals from diverse backgrounds to advance the field of surgical first assisting. The CSFA, CSA, and SA-C play a vital role in health care and by joining ASA, these practitioners will secure the future of the surgical assisting profession.

Levels of Membership

Full membership in the Association of Surgical Assistants also includes membership in the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) as a value-added benefit. ASA membership categories are:


  • Holds current NBSTSA certification as a CSFA or NSAA certification as a CSA.
  • Voice and Vote
  • *AST membership included
  • Join


  • Holds NBSTSA certification as a CST or ABSA certification as a surgical assistant (SA-C); or whose primary employer is a CAAHEP-accredited surgical assisting program
  • Voice
  • *AST membership included
  • Join


  • Must be currently enrolled in a CAAHEP-accredited surgical assisting program (proof of enrollment is required)
  • Voice
  • Must join AST separately
  • Join
Note: If a student is not a member of AST, continuing education credits earned at ASA events will be subject to a nonmember processing fee to renew their CST credential.)

Benefits of Membership

Some of the top benefits of membership in the Association of Surgical Assistants include:
  • Discounts on continuing education and live events
  • Legislative advocacy to protect your right to practice
  • Automatic free membership in AST
  • Processing and recording of CE credits
  • Malpractice and needlestick insurance
  • National Professional Healthcare Initiatives

Learn about all ASA member benefits