A workflow demonstration should be scheduled with center staff. The demonstration will cover all points of the SOP. You must have passed the knowledge quiz and reviewed the SOP before the demonstration.
Each center has additional specific Safety, Setup, and Shutdown procedures. Below, you will find those protocols for each center.
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When you’re ready to travel for your training, schedule your supervised practice with the user office or appointed user coordinator. This can be scheduled for the same session as the demonstration. During supervised practice, center staff will be present for the full duration of the session to provide feedback and answer questions with the goal that you can pass the practical test for independence with no assistance. The number of supervised practice sessions will be tailored to the user, and if necessary, more than one session can be scheduled before taking the practical test.
Center staff will assist in arranging time for access to the necessary equipment and testing for independence. The practical test can not be scheduled during the same session as supervised practice.
A Vitrobot independence checklist will be used by the certifying staff to test for proper use of the instrument with a pass/fail outcome. All steps on the checklist must be performed to pass. You may use any instructions normally posted as a guide during the session.
Sample preparation merit badges for cryogenic work are valid for 6 months.
Recertification (to maintain active status) requires passing only the practical test again with one center staff member. If supervised training is needed to pass the practical test, this can be arranged.