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EACVI Certification in adult Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE)

Certification organised by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI)

The EACVI TTE Certification programme seeks to set a standard for competency and excellence in the field of adult transthoracic echocardiography across Europe and beyond. It has been meticulously developed to accurately reflect and clearly defined assessment goals and evaluate the necessary knowledge, skills and clinical competencies that are required for adult transthoracic echocardiography practice.

The EACVI TTE Certification programme is designed for all healthcare professionals involved in adult transthoracic echocardiography. 

The programme is set out in two parts:

  • the exam - intended to test the theoretical knowledge of the candidate
  • the logbook - demonstrating the training, skills and experience of the candidate

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Exam

Eligibility

The EACVI TTE written examination is open to all healthcare professionals involved in adult transthoracic echocardiography. Sonographers and doctors of all disciplines can apply for certification in TTE.

The EACVI TTE Certification is not a compulsory or regulatory certificate of competence or excellence. Individuals' rights to report and sign clinical studies in individual countries remain to be defined by national laws and regulations.

Exam format

The EACVI TTE examination is a multiple-choice written examination in English.

The examination consists of 125 questions, divided into two parts:

  • Part 1 - Reporting: 50 questions on TTE cases with displayed echoes
  • Part 2 - Theory: 75 questions

The first part is run over 1h30 and the second part is run over 1h50, with a 10-minute break in-between. 

Questions are designed to assess the candidate's knowledge:

  • Based on a clinical scenario
  • Five options with only one single best answer. 
  • No negative marking

Questions are drawn from the entire spectrum of transthoracic echocardiography. 

Exam date and delivery

The EACVI TTE examination is usually delivered twice a year, using an online proctoring platform (CYIM/ProctorU®).

This provides candidates with the safety and convenience of an online platform while retaining the integrity and quality of an on-site supervised exam.

The online format of the EACVI TTE exam is:

  • Accessible anywhere in the world.
  • Taken on the candidate’s own device (computer only) and monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®.

Please find more information here.  

Exam preparation

The EACVI TTE exam is designed to test a wide range of transthoracic echocardiography knowledge. 

There is no single source from which all questions are developed, and candidates are encouraged to read widely, including but not limited to:

  • A.E. Weyman, Principles and Practice of Echocardiography, 2nd ed. 1994, Lea & Febiger.
  • H. Feigenbaum, Echocardiography, 5th ed. 1994, Lea & Febiger.
  • C. Otto, The Practice of Clinical Echocardiography, 4th ed. 2012, Elsevier Saunders.

You can also visit the EACVI educational area.

This section includes information about education-related matters such as:

Exam results

To be successful, a candidate must pass both sections of the written exam (reporting and theory). 

The passing scores for each section of the exam are established using referenced methodologies, that are widely used in certification. The passing score links the score required to pass the exam to the minimum level of knowledge required for transthoracic echocardiography practice.

Following the exam, psychometric analysis of the questions is conducted and items that do not meet psychometric standards are removed from the exam. In addition, any items that have been flagged during the exam administration are reviewed and if these items are deemed to be defective for any reason they are removed from the exam.

Results are subjected to multiple levels of verification prior to being reported to candidates.

Examination results are communicated to candidates in the eight weeks after the examination.

Candidates will receive an email containing their results letter on the date of the result release. Successful candidates for the exam will also receive a certificate of completion of the written exam.

Candidate’s results are also made available through the candidate’s My ESC account.  

Note:

Borderline candidates (candidates who succeeded in one section and failed the other one by one point) are considered with the greatest attention by the EACVI TTE Certification Committee and the rule is very strict for these candidates. The candidate needs to have more than the average of all candidates in the section he/she passed. In that case, candidates are passed by decision of the EACVI TTE Certification Committee. 

Appeal

ESC/EACVI aims to deliver examinations of the highest quality and provide the best level of service for all candidates. To ensure that all candidates are assessed fairly, there is a procedure to allow candidates to appeal against their exam results.

Please find more information here.

Policies for online proctoring examinations

For more information, please refer to the ESC online proctoring examination terms & conditions

Logbook

Once candidates have passed the exam, they can then apply for the logbook part of the programme to prove their practical experience in the TTE field. No late submissions will be accepted and, if the deadline is not respected, the candidate will have to repeat the exam in order to apply for certification.

Eligibility

The EACVI TTE logbook part of the programme is accessible to all successful candidates to the exam. 

Access to the logbook platform is granted to candidates only after having successfully passed the written exam.

Mutual recognition

EACVI has established a reciprocity agreement with the below societies:

Individuals with a valid TTE certification with one of these societies have only to pass the corresponding EACVI exam and do not have to submit a logbook in order to be fully EACVI certified.

How to claim for mutual recognition?

After having passed the TTE exam, the candidate needs to use the "contact us" to claim for the mutual recognition. The candidate has to provide a copy of his/her national individual certification diploma/certificate (the national individual certification needs to be valid when claiming the mutual recognition). 

Requirements

Candidates are required to provide evidence of their clinical experience.

Candidates must provide the following documents:

Note:

  • The full 6 cases presented in the logbook must have been conducted under the care of the candidate and accompanied by the original clinical reports that the candidate wrote in their place of practice. 
  • Several measurements should be included to indicate the workings and outcome of each case. Findings in the report must by supported by relevant measurements and Doppler-derived data.
  • A comprehensive conclusion should be included.

Important:
Reports are judged on completeness and accuracy, meaning the reports should match the uploaded images, and there should be no errors of interpretation or omission. 

Logbook regulations

Not complying with the below regulations will result in the logbook being returned to the candidate for modification and as such, delay the grading process.

  • The application must be submitted in English or in one of the available languages. Any document in local language must be accompanied by an English translation. 
  • The application must be anonymised (the candidate's name should not appear in the application)
  • The application must not include any patient data, in order to comply with GDPR regulations. Nevertheless, it is important to be precise with others details, such as the age and sex of the patient.
  • The application must be submitted no later than 1 year after having received the exam results. 
  • Cases included in the logbook must have been collected from one year before to one year after the written exam and must cover only 12 consecutive months.
  • Each patient may be present only once in the logbook. It is not allowed to add multiple studies of the same patient. 

Candidates are not asked to submit the full reports, although they may be requested by the EACVI TTE graders and EACVI TTE certification committee. Thus, candidates are asked to keep this information available. 

Supervisor

There are no specific requirements to be a supervisor for the EACVI TTE logbook. The supervisor does not need to be EACVI TTE certified, and the candidate doesn’t need to upload any documentation regarding the supervisor’s qualifications. The supervisor should be the person supervising the candidate’s work, possibly the person that taught the candidate how to perform the procedures and should be experienced in the field. The supervisor needs to provide a letter of support and also sign off on the logbook, certifying the accuracy of the application content and that the candidate had done all the procedures listed in the logbook.

Logbook results

As soon as the logbook is compliant with the requirements, the application is sent for grading to members of the EACVI TTE Certification Committee. Graders may require additional information from the candidate in order to provide their grading. 

Results are sent by email within 3 months of submitting the e-Logbook. Please note that some delay in the grading can occur due to the high volume of applications received throughout the year. 

Appealing the logbook

Candidates who fail to the logbook part may raise an appeal.

Please find more information here

Extension requests

There is a one-year window to complete the logbook part of the programme. In exceptional circumstances, candidates may request an extension to submit their application.

To ensure the process remains fair and robust, extensions will generally only be given in the following circumstances: parental leave, less than full-time work or illness of the candidate.

Extension requests must be accompanied by a signed letter from your supervisor briefly explaining the situation and stating the duration of the extension required. Requests cannot be considered without this letter. The request must be submitted before the deadline.

Please note that extension requests are not guaranteed and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the certification committee.    

Use the “Contact Us” to submit such requests and further information.

Recertification

Candidates will be granted certification in TTE once they have completed the two parts of the programme (exam and logbook). The certification is valid for 5 years after which the candidate must apply for recertification to keep the certification valid. 

Requirements

For more detailed information, please refer to the recertification requirements webpage.

Recertification fee

  • Non-members and EACVI Regular Members: €200
  • EACVI Silver Members: €75

How to apply?

Candidates must apply for recertification from six months before to six months after the current certification expiration date.

During this time, candidates who are eligible for the recertification will receive automatic reminders to apply for recertification. These reminders are sent on their My ESC email address.

All candidates will be reminded as the deadline approaches, but it is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that the recertification is submitted in a timely manner. No late submissions will be accepted and, if the deadline is not respected, the candidate will have to repeat the certification process (exam + logbook) in order to recertify.

If all requirements of recertification are met, a certificate will be issued which will be valid for a further 5-year period.

Extension requests

There is a one-year window to apply for recertification (from six months before to six months after the current certification expiration date). In exceptional circumstances, candidates may request an extension to submit their application.

To ensure the process remains fair and robust, extensions will generally only be given in the following circumstances: parental leave, less than full-time work or illness of the candidate.

Extension requests must be accompanied by a signed letter from the candidate's supervisor briefly explaining the situation and stating the duration of the extension required. Requests cannot be considered without this letter. The request must be submitted before the deadline.

Please note that extension requests are not guaranteed and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the certification committee.    

Use the “Contact Us” to submit such requests and further information.

Certification result and list of certified candidates

Candidates will be granted certification in TTE once they have completed the two parts of the programme (exam and logbook). The certification is valid for 5 years after which the candidate must apply for recertification to keep the certification valid. 

EACVI is pleased to list all their TTE certified candidates