The next EHRA CP exam will take place on 24 June 2015, during the EHRA EUROPACE Cardiostim congress in Milan, Italy.
First time fee
(Please note: these fees apply to members and non-members)
Registration to this exam is not open yet. We will soon publish on-line registration schedule (registration opening and closing).
Exam requirements | Examination process | Documents to submit | How to prepare
If candidates wishes to cancel their registration for the exam they will need to email ESCcertification@escardio.org
- Up to 2 weeks before exam takes place - 100% refund
- After 2 weeks - 50% refund
- No show: No refund
In the event of illness or other serious unforeseen circumstances a letter of proof will be required and the full amount refunded.
If EHRA is to cancel the exam, the full registration fee will be refunded. However, EHRA is not liable for any cost incurred by the cancellation of accommodation and travel arrangements.
Those interested in taking a certification exam will be asked, during the registration process, to provide:
- Copy of their medical diploma (MD) issued by a National Health Authority (sent as pdf document labelled to their name - ie: MD_Name-Surname)
- Letter (in English) from their supervisor attesting acknowledgment of candidate's application to EHRA's certification programme
To achieve certification as an EHRA certified cardiac device specialist (ECDS) candidate must complete the 2 levels:
- Level 1: Pass the exam (in English) consisting of multiple choice questions, held during one of EHRA's annual meetings - EHRA EUROPACE or Cardiostim.
- Level 2: Pass the exam and document practical experience: Once the exam is passed a Logbook must be submitted 3 years* after sitting the exam.
*The requirements will change for candidates sitting the exam from 2014. Please see below.
1 - The exam:
The examination is designed to be completed in 2 consecutive parts 3 hours each, with a 60 minute lunch break:
- 9:00 - 12:00: 1st part
- 12:00 - 13:00: Lunch break (lunch is provided by EHRA)
- 13:00 - 16:00: 2nd part
EHRA reserves the right to modify the above schedule if required. If traveling after the exam, we strongly recommend candidates to plan for after exam late flights (not before 8:00 pm).
Participants are required to sign in at least 30 minutes before the start of the exam for check-in and to present:
- Their information letter (sent during registration process)
- Identity card/Passport to confirm their identity
After the exam participants will have to hand in all their exam material and sign out.
The questionnaire is compiled by the EHRA Certification Committee, and consists of a 130 multiple-choice questions.
Questions are based on the analysis of practical clinical cases and decision making (60-80%), with the remaining dedicated to theoretical questions.
10 questions out of the 130 are back up questions and are used only for internal processes.
There is no appeal procedure after the examination. Candidates who have failed the exam cannot re-sit the exam before a period of time of 11 months.
Exam results are sent by email 2 months after the exam is sat.
Upon successful completion of the exam, candidates will receive an ECDS Level 1 Certificate valid for 10 years.
2 - The logbook
Once candidates have passed the theoretical exam (achieving Level 1), they can then apply for Level 2
by proving their practical experience in the field.
Documents to submit
For completion of the certification process after having successfully passed the written exam (ECDS Level 1):
Candidates must submit their logbook through the eLogbook platform. Access to the eLogbook is granted to the candidate upon passing the exam only.
As a security, candidates must keep a copy of their logbook.
Content of the Logbook
Candidates have to perform:
- 100 device implantations as a first operator including at least 20 ICDs and 10 CRTs
- 200 device follow-ups as a first operator including 40 ICDs and 20 CRTs
Experience should be gathered over 3 consecutive years - from 3 years before up to 3 years after sitting the exam.
This means that candidates can start compiling their logbook before sitting the written exam if they wish. Moreover, they are allowed to submit it until the 31 December of 3 years after the written exam (if the written exam is the 6 June 2013, the logbook can be submitted until 31 December 2016).
The logbook must be sent as an e-Logbook. Access to the e-logbook platform is granted to the candidate only after having successfully passed the written exam.
A grader from the EHRA certification committee will grade the logbook. The review process should take around 2 months. The final results are sent by email.
Upon successful completion of the logbook process, candidates will receive an ECDS Level 2 Certificate valid for 10 years.
For Candidates sitting exams from 2014
The following items have to be performed within a period of 24 consecutive months - these 24 months can be taken any time from 2 years before up to 2 years after the year of the exam:
- 100 device implantations as a first operator including at least 25 ICDs and 30 CRTs.
- 200 device follow-ups as a first operator including at least 100 high energy devices (ICDs/CRT-D) and 50 CRT (CRT-D/P).
How to prepare for the examination
EHRA offers the possibility to follow Educational Courses. Attending the courses may also enable participants to get further knowledge to sit and pass the certification examination.
Topic distribution of the examination questions
Suggested Reading List
Download a copy of the Core Curriculum
To view samples of exam questions, please see:
CP Sample Questions
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