How to Become an SCST Member

STEP 1: ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Associate Member: Individuals interested in seed technology may apply for an associate membership to Society Commercial Seed Technologists.

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STEP 2: QUALIFY AND PASS THE EXAM FOR RST/CPT/CVT

Registered Seed Technologist: These are individuals who have successfully qualified for and passed the RST exam. The current qualifications include a minimum of two years work experience, and accumulation of 100 points from workshops, college courses, and work experience.  The RST exam includes written purity and germination exams as well as a germination practical exam, seed separations, and seed identification.  Detailed information on exam content is available from the RST Study Guide.  RSTs are required to complete continuing education in order to maintain membership and are required to pay annual membership dues.  They must sign a contract for Privilege of Use of the Societies name, logo, RST seal, and the title Registered Seed Technologist.  RSTs have one vote on all Society business and can vote on the amendments to the AOSA for Rules Testing Seeds.  RSTs are eligible to run for elected office and can chair or participate on committees

Certified Viability & Purity Technologist:  These are individuals who have successfully qualified for and passed the CVT or CPT exam. The current qualifications include a minimum of two years of work experience, and accumulation of 100 points from workshops, college courses, and work experience. The CVT exam includes written purity and germination exams as well as a germination practical exam.  The CPT exam includes the written purity exam, and seed separations, and seed identification practical exams.  Detailed information on exam content is available from the CVT/CPT Study Guide.

CVTs and CPTs are required to complete continuing education in order to maintain membership and are required to pay annual dues. They must sign a contract for Privilege of Use of the Societies name, logo, and the title Certified Viability or Purity Technologist. Appendix E contains a sample contract, CVTs and CPTs have one vote on all Society business and can vote on the amendments to the AOSA for Rules Testing Seeds.  They are eligible to run for elected office and chair or participate on any committees.

View/Download SCST RST/CVT/CPT and/or the AOSA CSA-G&P Exam Application:

STEP 3: QUALIFY AND PASS THE EXAM FOR RGT/CGT

Registered Genetic Technologist: These are individuals who have successfully qualified for and passed the RGT exam. The current qualifications include a minimum of two years work experience, and accumulation of 100 points from workshops, college courses, and work experience. An RGT has passed three of the four genetic technology exams: herbicide bioassay, electrophoresis, immunoassay testing (ELISA), and PCR.  The RGT exam includes a required written molecular genetics and area specific written and practical exams in the four genetic technology areas. Detailed information on exam content is available in the RGT/CGT Study Guide. RGTs are required to complete continuing education in order to maintain membership and are required to pay annual membership dues.  They must sign a contract for Privilege of Use of the Societies name, logo, RGT seal, and the title Registered Genetics Technologist. RGTs are eligible to run for elected office and can chair or participate on committees

Certified Genetic Technologist:  These are individuals who have successfully qualified for and passed the CGT exam. The current qualifications include a minimum of one year of work experience, and accumulation of 100 points from workshops, college courses, and work experience.  A CGT has passed one or two of the four genetic technology exams: herbicide bioassay, electrophoresis, immunoassay testing (ELISA), and PCR.  The CGT exam includes a required written molecular genetics exam and area specific written and practical exams in the four genetic technology areas. Detailed information on exam content is available in the RGT/CGT Study Guide.  CGTs are required to complete continuing education in order to maintain membership and are required to pay annual dues. They must sign a contract for Privilege of Use of the Societies name, logo, and the title Certified Genetic Technologist.  CGTs have one vote on all Society business and can vote on the amendments to the AOSA for Rules Testing Seeds.  CGTs are eligible to run for elected office and can chair or participate on committees.

Written Exam Information:

The “NEW” RGT/CGT written exams will be implemented this year and the 1st exams will be given on Sunday, June 18th at the SCST Annual Meeting in Denver. Colorado. The new testing areas include: Trait Purity, Genetic Purity and Adventitious Presence (AP).  The Molecular Genetics exam has not changed and is required before taking the other three exams. To obtain RGT status, the analyst must successfully pass the Molecular Genetics exam and all three of the new written exams plus practicals.  For CGT status, the analyst must pass Molecular Genetics exam and one or two of the new written exams plus practicals.   Applications for the SCST RGT/CGT Genetic Technology Written Exams are now being accepted.  Application deadline for the 1ST written exams which will be given at the 2017 SCST Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado will be April 1st.

The 2nd RGT/CGT Written Exams will be offered sometime in December of 2017.  The RGT Board of Examiners will decide where the test will be administered and the date. This information will be communicated back to each candidate sometime in October. The application deadline for the 2nd written exams will be October 1, 2017. 
Questions related to RGT/CGT written exams should be directed to the RGT Board of Examiners Chair: Randy Collins at racollins@dow.com

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STEP 4: PROFESSIONAL/RESEARCH MEMBER

Research Member:  Individuals involved in teaching, research and outreach in the field of seed technology.  They are entitled to one vote on all Society matters, and are eligible to use the Name, Insignia (logo), title Research Member and hold elective office. They are entitled to an annual subscription of the Seed Technologist News, Proceedings, Board Notes, and reduced prices on AOSA publications.