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EHRA Certification in Cardiac Pacing for Physicians (CP)

Certification organised by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA)

The EHRA CP Certification programme seeks to set a standard for competency and excellence in the field of cardiac pacing 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 cardiac pacing practice.

The EHRA CP Certification programme is designed for physicians with a special interest in cardiac pacing. 

The programme is set out in two parts:

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

Upcoming exams

  • Friday 13 September 2024
    13/09/2024 00:00 13/09/2024 00:00 Europe/Paris EHRA Online Certification Exam - Cardiac Pacing and ICD (CP)

     

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Exam

Eligibility

The EHRA CP written examination is open to physicians with a special interest in cardiac pacing. 

At registration time, candidates will be asked to provide a copy of their medical diploma (MD) issued by a National Health Authority. 

We strongly recommend that candidates who wish to take the EHRA CP exam acquire knowledge and clinical experience before participating in the exam. 

The EHRA CP 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 EHRA CP examination is a multiple-choice written examination in English.

The examination consists of 130 questions, divided into two parts of 65 questions each.

Each part is run over three hours with a one-hour 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 cardiac pacing reflecting the EHRA Core Curriculum.

Exam date and delivery

The EHRA CP examination is usually delivered once 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 EHRA CP 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®.

More information is available. 

Exam preparation

The EHRA CP exam is designed to test a wide range of cardiac pacing knowledge aligned with the EHRA Core Curriculum

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

EHRA also offers the possibility to follow educational courses. Attending these courses may help you get further knowledge and insightful tips to success in the certification exam.

Exam results

The passing score of the exam is 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 cardiac pacing practice.

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. 

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.  

Appeal

The ESC/EHRA aim 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.

More information is available.

Policies for online proctoring examinations

For additional details, please refer to the ESC online proctoring examination terms and 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 cardiac pacing 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 EHRA CP 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.

Requirements

Candidates are required to provide evidence of their clinical experience.

Candidates must provide the following documents:

  • Letter of endorsement from their National Cardiac Society
  • Letter of support from their supervisor
  • List of 300 procedures as follow:
    • 25 ICD implantation procedures
    • 30 CRT implantation procedures
    • 45 implantation procedures
    • 50 CRT follow-up procedures
    • 50 device follow-up procedures
    • 100 ICD follow-up procedures

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. Any document in local language must be accompanied by a translation. 
  • The application must not include any patient data, in order to comply with GDPR regulations. 
  • The application must be submitted no later than two years after having received the exam results. 
  • Cases included in the logbook must have been collected within a period of 36 consecutive months - these 36 months can be taken anytime from two years before up to two years after the exam date. 
  • 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 EHRA graders and EHRA certification committee. Thus, candidates are asked to keep this information available. 

Supervisor

There are no specific requirements to be a supervisor for the EHRA logbook. The supervisor does not need to be EHRA 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 EHRA Certification Committee. Graders may require additional information from the candidate in order to provide their grading. 

Results are sent by email within three 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 the logbook part may raise an appeal.

More information is available. 

Extension requests

There is a two-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 form to submit such requests and further information.

Recertification

Candidates will be granted certification in cardiac pacing once they have completed the exam and logbook parts of the programme. The certification is valid for 10 years after which the candidate must apply for recertification to keep the certification valid. 

If a candidate does not want to go through the recertification process described below, he/she can also decide to retake the exam. In this case, the candidate will also have to go through the logbook part again to obtain the full certification.

In case the candidate has passed the exam only, the candidate has to retake the exam to recertify. 

Requirements

The recertification process consists of a checklist to validate continuing engagement in EHRA educational activities and attendance of the EHRA annual congresses.

Recertification criteria:

  • Letter of endorsement from National Cardiac Society. 
  • Evidence of attendance of at least two EHRA congresses in the last five years.
  • Participation in at least five live EHRA webinars in the last two years. Participation in recorded webinars will not be considered for recertification. 
  • Evidence of Continuing Medical Education in the field of arrhythmia or device therapy achieved by either
    1. Participation in one of the EHRA preparatory courses in the last two years

or

    1. Obtaining 15 CME Credits on the e-learning platform in the last two years from EHRA Educational Courses
      • For CP recertification: Fellows Device CP Track
      • For EP recertification: Fellows EP Track

or

    1. Active participation as speaker/contributor in EHRA educational activities (documents and courses or webinars)

 

To retain the respective certification, candidates must apply for recertification from six months before to six months after the 10‐year certification expiration date.

IMPORTANT: As the first EHRA exam was delivered in 2005, all candidates with a certification already expired for more than six months can apply for recertification until 2025. From 2026, the rule "candidates must apply for recertification from six months before to six months after the 10‐year certification expiration date" will be applied. 

Recertification fee

Only EHRA Members can apply for recertification. A fee of €200 (VAT excluded) will be charged. Recertification is free for EHRA Fellows (FEHRA).

How to apply?

Candidates who are eligible will receive an automatic notification to start the recertification process. 

If all requirements of recertification are met, a certificate will be issued which will be valid for a further 10-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 form to submit such requests and further information.

Certification result and list of certified candidates

Candidates will be granted certification in cardiac pacing once they have completed the two parts of the programme (exam and logbook). The certification is valid for 10 years after which the candidate must apply for recertification to keep the certification valid. 

EHRA is pleased to share this list of EHRA Cardiac Pacing Certified individuals.