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EHRA Allied Professionals in Cardiac Pacing and ICDs Certification

Certification organised by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA)

Results of the 2019 written exam delivered in Arnhem on 6 November have been sent to the email address registered in your My ESC account. 


Upcoming EHRA AP Dutch exam 4 November 2020.

Registration will open 3 months prior to the exam's date.

AP Exam

AP Exam in Dutch - 4 November 2020 Arhnem, The Netherlands

Next AP Exam in Dutch will be held during the Dutch National Cardiology Congress 2020 - NVVC, Arnhem, The Netherlands.


Exam's Venue:

More information will be available in the coming weeks.



07:30 - 08:45: Candidates' check-in
08:45 - 09:00: Instructions to Candidates (provided by invigilators)
09:00 - 12:00: Part 1
12:00 - 12:45: Lunch
13:00 - 16:00: Part 2

*EHRA reserves the right to modify the schedule if required. We strongly recommend that candidates give themselves leeway by planning later return flights.

Please read the terms and conditions.

Please note that candidates cannot resit the exam in the same calendar year. A candidate who fails the Dutch exam in November can resit in March 2020. 


To respect exam room capacity, registrations will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to register online as early as possible to guarantee a seat.


Registration for all ESC-administered exams closes 10 days before the examination with no exceptions. However, registration may close earlier when the exam room capacity is reached.


Fee Types Online Fees (until seats are sold out or 10 days before the exam date)
Standard Fee €500
Standard Resit Fee €313**
EHRA Member Fee €375*
EHRA Member Resit Fee €250**


*To benefit from member fees, you must be a validated member before registering for the exam. This fee is only available for EHRA Silver, Ivory and Gold Members.

**Please note that the resit fee is reserved only for candidates who have sat and failed the exam in the past: it cannot be used by candidates under any other circumstances.

Please note that there is no onsite registration.

Cancellation policy

If you wish to cancel your registration for the certification exam, you must contact us. The EHRA cancellation policy is detailed below:

  • Six weeks or more before the exam: 100% refund.
  • Four to six weeks: 50% refund.
  • Within four weeks: no refund.
  • No-show: no refund.

In case of unforeseen circumstances (such as a death in the family, being on-call at a hospital, an accident involving the candidate...), a proof document will be required, and you will be refunded the entire registration fee.

If EHRA cancels an exam, the full registration fee will be refunded. However, EHRA is not liable for any costs incurred due to the cancellation, including accommodations and travel arrangements.

Requirements for EHRA Certificated Cardiac Device Specialists for Allied Professionals (ECDSAP)

Certification for AP only requires that the exam be taken on a tablet – no logbook is needed.

The examination is designed in two consecutive parts, three hours each, with a 60-minute lunch break between:

  • 09:00–12:00: first part
  • 12:00–13:00: lunch provided by EHRA
  • 13:00–16:00: second part

EHRA reserves the right to modify the schedule, if required. If travelling after the exam, we strongly recommend that candidates plan their return flights late the same day or the day after.

Participants are required to sign in at least 30 minutes before the start of the exam and to present their information letter (sent during the registration process) and an identity card or passport.

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 for AP. It consists of 130 multiple-choice questions, with 60%–80% based on analysis of practical clinical cases and decision-making, with the remainder dedicated to theory.

The statistical performance of each multiple-choice question (MCQ) is analysed and the 10 least discriminating MCQs are not taken into account. The candidate's final score is, therefore, derived from only 120 MCQs. The pass mark is predetermined using a validated standard-setting process. 

Results are sent by email two months after the exam has been taken.
Upon passing the exam, candidates will receive an ECDSAP Certificate valid for 10 years. 

Candidates cannot resit the exam in the same calendar year. A candidate who fails the Dutch exam in November can resit in March 2020. 

As skills can only be maintained by continuing education and practical involvement, certification is granted for 10 years. After that period, exams must be retaken to renew certification.

Appealing the exam

Candidates may seek appeal:

  • On the exam day, in case of issues with the scientific content of the exam:

A complaint must be logged on-site with the invigilators. The appeals’ procedure will be recorded only if Candidates have filed an official complaint on the day of the exam. In no circumstance, you will be entitled to fee refund nor damages.

  • After having received your results:

If you believe that an incorrect result has been awarded to you, you may lodge an appeal by sending to the ESC Exam Administration an official letter, within 8 days of receiving your results, to the ESC contact us form. The result of such appeal may be a higher grade, a lower grade, or no grade change. In no circumstance, you will be entitled to fee refund nor damages.

Appeal process:

The ESC exam administration and relevant certification committee will reply to the appealing candidate within four weeks.

Reply from ESC exam administration and relevant certification committee is final. You agreed to this during the exam registration process by accepting the ESC exam delivery Terms and Conditions. 

Appeals are free of charge.

How to prepare for the examination


Sample questions

EHRA Certified Cardiac Device Specialists for Allied Professionals (ECDSAP)

Find below the list of professionals certified by EHRA in Cardiac Pacing and ICDs for Allied Professionals.
Discover who they are and where they come from.


List of EHRA-certified cardiac device specialists for Allied Professionals (ECDSAP)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


EHRA AP Certification FAQ