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EACVI Cardiac Computed Tomography Certification

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

The next EACVI exam in Cardiac Computed Tomography (CCT) will be delivered online on 23 June 2021.

Registration is closed.


 

COVID-19 CERTIFICATION

Anyone applying for personal certification or recertification at any level will be granted an extension of up to one year if they were unable to submit their application, logbook or cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This covers the period from the beginning of March 2020 to the end of June 2021. Further clarification can be obtained from the ESC Certification team if required.

Certification program benefit

The benefits of EACVI Cardiac Computed Tomography (CCT) certification are:

  1. To ensure the performing physician has the necessary expertise in CCT for the welfare of the patients undergoing scans.
  2. It gives CCT trainees the opportunity to benchmark their knowledge against a common European standard.
  3. Certification will bring professional credibility to any individual practising CCT.

Next EACVI CCT exam: Take it from anywhere!

No need to travel anymore. Take your exam online, from your computer/tablet, at home or office.

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Schedule

The examination is designed to be completed in 3 hours with no break. 

You will be able to start your 3-hour exam at anytime between 14:00-17:00 CET. 

Take your EACVI exam online - What you need to know

For the first time, EACVI offers the possibility of taking the exam online. Here is everything you need to know in order to participate.

What is this new online format?

EACVI wants to provide you with the safety and convenience of an online platform, while retaining the integrity and quality of an on-site supervised exam. 

The exam is:

  • offered everywhere in the world
  • identical in content, format and on-screen experience to previous on-site exams delivered on tablets
  • taken on your own device (computer or tablet) and monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®

What equipment do I need?

You must verify that your computer meets the requirements before you register for the EACVI CCT exam. If this is not the case, you will not be able to take the exam. 

You will need:

  • a strong and stable internet connection
  • a webcam, speaker and microphone

We highly recommend that you check all of the system requirements available here 

We also recommend that you test your equipment while you are on that page to verify you have the necessary equipment to take the exam. 

How can I register for this exam?

It is a two-step registration process

  • Start your registration with EACVI
  • Complete your registration with ProctorU®
Start your registration with EACVI

After having verified that your equipment meets the requirements, you can start your registration with EACVI. 

You will need to complete a pre-exam questionnaire and pay the exam registration fee. 

When you finish, you'll receive an email from ESC with your invoice to confirm your payment.

Complete your registration with ProctorU®

Once you have registered with EACVI and pay your exam fee, you will get an email with a link to complete your registration with ProctorU®.

You will need to create a ProctorU® account. Then at the pre-defined exam date, you will be able to choose the time slot you would like to take the exam. When you finish, you will receive a confirmation email. 

What can I expect on the exam day?

You can find more information about what to expect on the examination day below and also on ProctorU® website.

Before the exam session begins
  • Fix any issues you may encounter on your computer. All issues must be resolved before your appointment time
  • Close all browsers and applications not needed for the exam
  • Gather the documents you will need to identify you (passport, ID document with photo)
  • Make sure your exam environment meets the requirements:
    • your room is quiet and well lit
    • your are alone in the room
    • your workspace is clear from all materials and unauthorised supports
    • there are no sounds from music or television around
  • Make sure you are dressed appropriately, with your face visible to the proctor
Check-in and identification process
  • Log in to your ProctorU® account at your appointment time
  • Complete the authentication steps, which include showing your ID to the proctor. The name on your ID must match the name provided during the registration process
  • Follow the proctor instructions. You will have to:
    • Give access permission to your computer screen for monitoring purposes
    • Use your camera to show a 360-degree view of your room
  • If everything goes well, the proctor will let you start your exam

The check-in and identification process can take approximately 5 to 10 minutes

During the exam

Your entire exam will be recorded by ProctorU® and monitored by a human proctor. 

  • During the exam, the proctor will monitor you (via the camera) and your computer screen to ensure you follow all exam procedures
  • You must be visible to the proctor at anytime of the exam session. No breaks are allowed
  • You can interact with the proctor by speaking to him/her or using the chat option
  • You are not allowed to take notes on paper during the examination
  • You are only authorised to have a 'whiteboard' to help you during the examination. This whiteboard will be erased in front of the proctor at the end of the exam. 

The exam policies are:

  • Don't use any unauthorised materials, including mobile devices, prewritten notes or books
  • The use of any recording equipment is strictly prohibited
  • Don't communicate with anyone other than the proctor
  • Speaking aloud during the exam is strictly prohibited
  • You cannot be out of camera view. No breaks are allowed during the whole duration of the exam
  • Taking pictures, screenshots or trying to copy/paste any element of the exam content is strictly prohibited
  • You must behave in an appropriate manner. Any conduct that the proctor may deem vulgar, offensive, pornographic, obscene, abusive or criminal are strictly prohibited

Suspicious actions are flagged in the online proctoring system and will be reported to the ESC.  

If the proctor detects any suspicious activities or movements, he/she could terminate your exam session at any time and your exam will be invalidated and your fee won't be refunded. 

Any irregularity in relation to the ESC Online proctoring Examinations policies and rules mentioned above can lead to sanctions as described in the Online proctoring Examination Terms & Conditions

If I have technical issues?

If you experience a technical problem during the test, notify the proctor by speaking to him/her or via the chat. 

If you get disconnected or if you lose your internet connection momentarily, you will automatically be reconnected. 

If you are unable to reconnect or speak to the proctor, you can call ProctorU® for assistance. 

Exam registration

Registration closes 15 days before the examination with no exceptions. 

 

Registration fees (in Euros)

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  1. Become an EACVI Silver Member for €156 (or €78 if you are below 40 years old or in training)
  2. Benefit from the exam registration member fee (€360 instead of €560)
  3. Save up to €122**
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Fee types Online fees
Standard/EACVI Regular Member €560
EACVI Silver Member

€360*

Fellow EACVI (FEACVI)

€300**

Resit

€200***

2nd Resit
€100****

 

 

*To benefit from member fees you must be a validated member before registering for the exam. This fee is only available for Silver Members - for further information please go to the membership page.

**To benefit from EACVI Fellow fees you must be a validated EACVI Fellowship before registering for the exam. This fee is only available for EACVI Fellow.

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

****This fee will apply only if it is the candidate's third attempt at the exam and the second resit in the last five years (i.e. since your first exam attempt). In all other cases, the resit fee will apply if the candidate failed the exam once or failed to logbook in the last five years.

If you are eligible to the 2nd Resit fee please contact Exams registration

If candidates are not in this five-year restrictive period, the full price will apply.

Payment and general condition

All registration fees are quoted in Euros (€) and include national applicable VAT. Payment in any other currency will not be accepted.

Registration fees are based on the date of receipt. The prices indicated are only applicable if both registration form/request and payment are received before the registration deadlines.

Registration will be acknowledged upon receipt of payment and a valid email address (please ensure your MyESC profile is updated). A confirmation email will be sent within ten working days after having submitted the payment.

Cancellation policy & conditions

If a participant wishes to cancel his/her registration to the Certification exam he/she should Contact Us. 

Please take careful note that the cancellation policy on refunds is as follows:

Weeks before exam

% Refund

Up to 6 weeks (before the exam)

90%

6 - 4 weeks (before the exam)

50%

Within 4 weeks

0%

No show

0%


Please note that a "no-show" is not considered 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 a death in the family, serious accident of the candidate...) no refund will be allowed.

Should a candidate not attend the Exam, for whatever reasons, no further claims for reimbursement or waiving of fees can be made. Similarly no right to further claims or waiving of fees will arise should the ESC be obliged to alter the Exam proceedings.

By registering to the Exam each candidate waives his/her rights to claim for any compensation toward the ESC. 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 ESC be liable for indirect damages or cost.

Registration of a candidate entails acceptance of these conditions.

Certification process

No formal certification process is provided by EACVI for Level 1 competency. Level 2 and 3 are offered by EACVI. 

Certification is a process that confirms an individual’s knowledge, experience and skill in the field of Cardiac Computed Tomography and relevant related fields.  It is intended for healthcare professionals who provide an independent clinical service but it is open to all healthcare professionals. A medical qualification is not mandatory although it is anticipated that most successful candidates will be so qualified. 

The process consists of the two following steps:

  1. An examination. A certificate of examination success will be awarded at this stage.
  2. Successful completion of a logbook.

Success in these two steps will lead to certification in Cardiac Computed Tomography.

The certification process in CCT has been published in December 2017 and is available here

Theoretical part - Examination

The exam is in English and is performed online. 

It consists of 100 questions in multiple-choice format with one single best answer for each question. Each correct answer received one mark. There is no negative marking and a wrong answer received no marks. The exam breakdown uses a prescribed quota of questions in the different subject areas of the CCT syllabus, the weighting of which will be in accordance with the examination blueprint. Questions may contain text only or have a combination of text and still images or movies. 

The duration of the examination is 3 hours with no break.

How to prepare for the examination

EACVI Cardiac CT Core Syllabus is available to get prepared for the examination. 

EACVI CCT Suggested reading list

Registration

Prospectives candidates must register prior to the examination. Refer to the registration section for further detail. 

Examination results

Results of the examination will be sent to the email address registered on your 'MyESC' account. Results are only released following verification by the Exam Board, usually within two months of the completion of the exam.

All examination questions go through a rigorous assessment prior to the exam. Questions are reviewed by a committee of Exam Board members who are senior European experts in CCT. They are then all reviewed again by the Exam Board Chairperson. The final selection of questions is scrutinised by the Exam Board once again as part of the standard-setting process prior to the examination. This defines the pass mark for the examination. Following the examination, the questions are all reviewed once more by the Exam Board to ensure that the standard setting has been accurate. Any questions which perform badly in terms of discrimination of candidates or those with a negative correlation to the overall results may be removed. 

Results are verified and validated by the EACVI CCT Certification committee.

Appealing the exam

Candidates who have comments or concerns about an Examination question should contact the ESC by the ESC Contact us webpage (https://www.escardio.org/Contact). The relevant certification committee will review all comments, concerns and suggestions made by Candidates.  These comments or concerns must be logged on the Examination day with the proctor or at the latest before Candidates received their Examination results.

  • 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 scores, 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 within 4 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.

Practical part - Logbook

Please note: the below information only concerns candidates who have passed the Cardiac Computed Tomography written examination. Candidates have received a personal access to a platform, on the email address registered on MyESC account.

Requirements are:

Submit a Logbook no later than 2 years after receiving the EACVI CCT exam results and according to the following requirements. 

Each patient may be present only once in the logbook – It is not allowed to add multiple studies of the same patient.

Level 2 requirements

Level 2 candidates must have interpreted a total of 150 non-contrast CCT cases and 150 contrast-enhanced CCT cases (non-contrast and contrast-enhanced CCT cases can be performed in the same patient). Listed below are the minimum number of required contrast-enhanced cardiac cases in each category:

  1. The candidate must have been actively involved in the live scanning acquisition of 50 cases.
  2. The candidate must have been involved in the interactive manipulation of reconstructed datasets using a three-dimensional imaging workstation (either onsite or EACVI virtual workstation; virtual workstation service is not yet provided by EACVI but will be in the future) and in reporting and clinical interpretation of 150 cases (at least 30 cases assessment of structural and/or congenital heart disease, 50 cases  of revascularized patients, and 50 cases compared with invasive angiography and/or myocardial perfusion imaging).
Level 3 requirements

Level 3 candidates must have interpreted and participated in the acquisition of a total of 150 non-contrast CCT cases and 300 contrast-enhanced CCT cases (non-contrast and contrast-enhanced CCT cases can be performed in the same patient). Listed below are the minimum number of required contrast cardiac cases in each category:

  1. The candidate must have been actively involved in the scanning acquisition of 150 cases.
  2. The candidate must have been involved in the interactive manipulation of reconstructed datasets using a three-dimensional imaging workstation (either onsite or EACVI virtual workstation; virtual workstation service is not yet provided by EACVI but will be in the future) and in reporting and clinical interpretation of 300 cases (at least 60 cases assessment of structural and/or congenital heart disease, 100 cases of revascularized patients, and 150 cases compared with invasive angiography and/or myocardial perfusion imaging).

Continuing medical training (CME) points

CME credits can be obtained from courses endorsed by the EACVI. 

Any course declared by applicants that is not endorsed by EACVI will only be accepted at the discretion of the reviewers. In such cases, a copy of the final programme should be enclosed. It is important to note that the primary focus of any course submitted as part of a candidates CME portfolio should be CCT, or it is unlikely that the course will be considered appropriate for the purposes of certification in CCT. 

Please note that a maximum 50% (Levels 2, 15 credits and Levels 3, 25 credits) of CME credits can be self-directed. Examples of self-directed learning may include but are not restricted to Reviewer activity for CT related journals/articles, teaching in CT department and self-directed study from CCT texts. In all cases, it is the responsibility of the candidate to submit appropriate evidence of these activities. The decision as to whether such activities can be counted towards a candidates CME portfolio rests solely with the reviewers whose decision in such matters will be final.

Recertification

The process is not available yet but is expected to be every 5 years.

After certification, it is recommended that Level 2 certified individuals maintain their skills by documentation of at least 20 h of CME in CCT every 5 years and be actively involved in the acquisition and primary reporting of at least 100 CCT every 3 years. We also recommend that Level 3 accredited individuals Level 2 accredited individuals have documentation of at least 40 h of CME in CCT every 3 years and in acquiring and primary reporting of at least 200 CCT studies every 3 years. These cases have to be new cases acquired within the recertification period under the responsibility of the candidate and must be reported by the candidate as a first or senior reader.

A recertification programme is not currently offered by the EACVI, but may be planned in the future.

Grandparenting scheme

Registration for grandparenting scheme is currently closed.

Criteria

The grandparenting route requires a combination of clinical experience and either evidence of education and proven research record within the field of CCT. The examination board will also accept a combination of research and education.

Individuals wishing to apply under this scheme must demonstrate the following:

  1. Clinical experience: 5 years or more practice of CCT. Including the performance of greater than 1000 cases in this area. The caseload should reflect the proportions in the logbook required for standard Level 3 certification. The board reserves the right to request to see logbooks for governance purposes.
  2. CME: 15 h/year average CME over the period of practice (CME collected during congress focused on CCT will be fully counted while CME collected during multimodality imaging congress will be counted for 1/3).
  3. AND either
    • Education: Presentation of three or more invited talks at CME-accredited international conferences; or EACVI/SCCT or national society endorsed courses in the field of CCT.

Or

    • Research: Publication of five or more (first or last author) original research articles in peer-reviewed journals in the field of CCT.

Or

    • A combination of five presentations and publications total that satisfy the criteria outlined in Education or Research.

       4. In addition, the candidates are required to provide 2 MCQs for each topic of CT syllabus. So a total of 28 questions that will be reviewed and edited/approved by the coordinator of each topic. Access to the questions submission platform will be granted to the candidates.

List of topics:

  1. Principles of computed tomography
  2. Cardiac CT examinations
  3. Quality & safety
  4. Interpretation of CT images
  5. Cardiac anatomy on CT
  6. Coronary CT angiography (CTA
  7. Coronary calcium imaging
  8. Atherosclerotic plaque imaging
  9. Congenital structural heart disease (in adult patients)
  10. Myocardial imaging
  11. Valvular heart disease
  12. Miscellaneous acquired structural heart disease
  13. Great vessels
  14. Cardiac CT in perspective

Apply for grandparenting

If you meet the criteria for grandparenting and would like to apply, please use the ESC contact us, select the category "Certification programmes" and indicate "CCT grandparenting application" in the subject. 

Process

 We will send you the dedicated platform link to submit your confirmation letter*.

After submission, your application will be reviewed by a review panel who will evaluate your eligibility to receive CCT Level 3 Certification. 

You will receive your results by email. In case of success, you will also receive your Level 3 Certificate. 

The decision of the Certification review panel with regard to grandparenting is final. There is no appeal process. 

* Please note that the board reserves the right to request all documentation proving what has been stated in the letter (proof of CME, certificate of a medical degree, certificate of specialization, presentation, publications...).

Certified individuals in CCT

Congratulations to all those who have achieved certification Level 2 and Level 3 in Cardiac Computed Tomography with the EACVI.

Candidates successfully certified have been approved by the CCT Exam Board Committee at either Level 2 or Level 3 in the certification process.

Please click here to view the list of:

EACVI CCT - Level 2 certified individuals

EACVI CCT - Level 3 certified individuals