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Heart Failure Certification

Certification process for Heart Failure organised by the Heart Failure Association of the ESC (HFA)

Heart Failure (HF)

This certification process is meant for professionals specialising in heart failure. It aims to assess the Knowledge Base for heart failure which is set out by the Specialist Heart Failure Curriculum.

The first HFA exam was held on 24 May 2016 during the HFA Congress in Florence, Italy.
Results will be published within the next two months.
This newly-launched certification was a success and seems very encouraging for the future. More details regarding the next exam will be published very shortly.

 

 

What are THE benefits OF HFA Certification?

Heart Failure is a popular and emerging subpeciality of cardiology. Heart Failure cardiologists require specialist knowledge to help them deliver optimal patient care. The HFA Knowledge Based Certificate shows that the candidate has achieved an advanced level of competence in Heart Failure. Successful candidates will receive a certification of completion of the Knowledge Based Component of the Heart Failure Curriculum.

CERTIFICATION PROCESS

Exam Structure

  • The written examination will be held once a year during the HFA Congress (in May)
  • The examination is in English and delivered on ipads
  • The duration of the written examination is 3 hours
  • The questionnaire is compiled by the HFA Certification Committee, and consists of 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs) with 5 options, based on single best answer (no negative marking)
  • Questions are based on and will cover the Knowledge Base outlined in the Specialist Heart Failure Curriculum

How to prepare for the examination?

The day of the exam

Participants are required to sign in from 1 hour to 30 minutes before the start of the exam for check-in and are requested to bring and present a photo ID document to confirm their identity.
If a candidate leaves the room before the end of the exam, s/he will not be authorised the re-enter the room nor access his/her ipad (except to use the washroom facilities and only if accompanied by an Invigilator).

Results

The exam is marked electronically and the results are verified and checked by the committee.
Results are sent by e-mail within 2 months after the exam date.

Appeal Process

Please note that there is no appeal process following the written exam section of the certification process.
The results are the final decision of the HFA Board. No additional feedback can be provided.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration open around 3 months before the exam date and close around 1 week before the exam. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY HFA MEMBERS CAN REGISTER.

Exam date : 24th May 2016, 2 pm.
Place : Florence, Italy
Opening Registration : 25th February 2016
Closing Registration : 18th May 2016

 

Registration is now closed. Please check this webpage for an update on the next HFA exam.

 

Fees

 Fee types   Online Fees (in euros)
 Regular Member*  400
 Gold / Silver Member*  320


*To benefit from Gold / Silver member fees you must be a validated Gold / Silver member before registering for the exam.
For further information please go to the membership page.

Registration Conditions

  • 50 seats available: in order to respect the capacity of the examination room, registrations are taken under the basis of first-come, first-served. 
  • Only HFA Members can attend the exam. (Visit the HFA membership webpage to join now)      
  • If you register for the exam, you do not need to also register for the corresponding congress if you don't want to attend it. However, you will only have access to exam facilities.
  • Please note that there is NO onsite registration
  • It is strongly recommended that candidates taking the exam should either have completed the General Cardiology training in their own country, or be in their final year of cardiology training in their own own country.

General Conditions

Payment

All registration fees are quoted in Euros and include national applicable VAT.
Payment in any other currency will not be accepted.
Registrations will be acknowledged by e-mail (within 10 days) upon receipt of payment and a valid candidate email address (make sure your MyESC profile is updated and ensure that no third party email address is linked to your registration).

Cancellation Policy

If a participant wishes to cancel his/her registration to the Certification exam he/she should email esccertification@escardio.org.
Please take careful note that the cancellation policy on refunds is as follows:

Weeks before the exam % Refund
Up to 6 weeks before the exam (13/04/2016)  90%
6 to 4 weeks before the exam (14/04/2016 to 26/04/2016)  50%
Within 4 weeks before the exam (27/04/2016 to 24/05/2016)  0%
No show  0%

Please note that a "no show" is NOT considered as a cancellation.

If you do not attend the exam without giving forewarning of your absence and without proof of good reason (unforeseen circumstances - such as death in the family, serious accident of the candidate...) no refund will be allowed.
In the unlikely event that the HFA cancels the exam, the full registration fee will be refunded. However, HFA is not liable for any cost incurred by the cancellation for accommodation and travel arrangements.

If there are any queries concerning visas problems please contact us. Please note you are responsible for your visa applications and you must give at least 2 months preparation time to your respective embassy otherwise it is your concern if the visa is not granted in time.
By registering for the Exam each candidates waives his/her rights to claim for any compensation from the HFA. The organiser cannot be held liable for any hindrance or disruption of Exam proceedings arising from political, social or economic events or any other unforeseen incidents beyond their control.


In no event will the HFA be liable for indirect damages or cost. All candidates are urged to take personal travel insurance. Registration of a candidate entails acceptance of these conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Download HFA Certification FAQs

 


 

 

 

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