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Our mission is to promote excellence in clinical diagnosis, research, technical development, and education in cardiovascular imaging in Europe.
Our mission is to promote excellence in research, practice, education and policy in cardiovascular health, primary and secondary prevention.
Our mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease through percutaneous cardiovascular interventions.
Improving the quality of life and reducing sudden cardiac death by limiting the impact of heart rhythm disturbances.
Our mission is to improve quality of life and longevity, through better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, including the establishment of networks for its management, education and research.
The ESC Working Groups' goal is to stimulate and disseminate scientific knowledge in different fields of cardiology.
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The next CP exam will take place during the 2018 EHRA Europace.
Registration is not open yet. Please note that there is no-site registration.
Together with the EHRA logbook of interventional procedures/operations performed under the supervision of senior colleagues, it provides the basis for EHRA certification in cardiac devices.
In order to encourage a high standard of knowledge and clinical expertise and to enable physicians to provide their patients with the best and most advanced standard of treatment, we envisage a successful EHRA certification process to serve as a sign of excellence for the physician. To achieve and maintain the level of quality of the process we continuously focus our efforts on improving the number, content, layout, and statistical power of the questions.
We strongly recommend physicians who intend to enter the EHRA certification process to acquire a sufficient amount of knowledge and clinical experience before attending the EHRA exam. A short questionnaire asking for details of the candidates' clinical background will be part of the registration process for the exam.
The next EHRA CP exam will take place during the 2018 EHRA Europace.
Registration is not open yet.
Please read the Registration Conditions and note that there is no on-site registration.
First time fee: 500 EUR
Re-site fee: 300 EUR(Please note: these fees apply to members and non-members)
Please note that there is no on-site registration.
In the event that you wish to cancel your registration to the Certification exam, written confirmation to ESCcertification@escardio.org is required. The EHRA cancellation policy is as detailed below:
In the case of unforeseen circumstances (such as a death in the family, on-call at the hospital, an accident involving the candidate...), a proof document will be required and you will be refunded the entire registration fee.If EHRA is to cancel the exam, the full registration fee will be refunded. However, EHRA is not liable for any cost incurred by the cancellation of accommodation and travel arrangements.
Those interested in taking a certification exam will be asked, during the registration process, to provide:
To achieve certification as an EHRA certified cardiac device specialist (ECDS) candidate must complete the 2 levels:
*The requirements will change for candidates sitting the exam from 2014. Please see below.
The examination is designed to be completed in 2 consecutive parts 3 hours each, with a 60-minute lunch break.Participants are required to sign in at least 30 minutes before the start of the exam for check-in and to present:
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 and consists of 130 multiple-choice questions. Questions are based on the analysis of practical clinical cases and decision making (60-80%), with the remaining dedicated to theoretical questions.10 questions out of the 130 are back up questions and are used only for internal processes.There is no appeal procedure after the examination. Candidates who have failed the exam cannot re-sit the exam before a period of time of 9 months.Exam results are sent by email 2 months after the exam is sat. Upon successful completion of the exam, candidates will receive an ECDS Level 1 Certificate valid for 10 years.
As skills can only be maintained by continued education and practical involvement, certification is granted for a period of 10 years. Afterwards, they can renew their certification by re-sitting the exam.
Once candidates have passed the theoretical exam (achieving Level 1), they can then apply for Level 2 by proving their practical experience in the field.
For completion of the certification process after having successfully passed the written exam (ECDS Level 1):
Candidates must submit their logbook through the e-logbook platform. Access to the e-logbook is granted to the candidate upon passing the exam only.
As a security, candidates must keep a copy of their logbook.
Candidates have to perform:
Experience should be gathered over 3 consecutive years - from 3 years before up to 3 years after sitting the exam. This means that candidates can start compiling their logbook before sitting the written exam if they wish. Moreover, they are allowed to submit it until the 31 December of 3 years after the written exam (if the written exam is the 6 June 2013, the logbook can be submitted until 31 December 2016).The logbook must be sent as an e-Logbook. Access to the e-logbook platform is granted to the candidate only after having successfully passed the written exam.
A grader from the EHRA certification committee will grade the logbook. The review process should take around 2 months. The final results are sent by email. Upon successful completion of the logbook process, candidates will receive an ECDS Level 2 Certificate valid for 10 years.
The following items have to be performed within a period of 24 consecutive months - these 24 months can be taken anytime from 2 years before up to 2 years after the year of the exam:
EHRA offers the possibility to follow educational courses. Attending the courses may also enable participants to get the further knowledge to sit and pass the certification examination.
Topic distribution of the examination questions
Suggested reading list
Download a copy of the Core Curriculum
The EHRA certification is valid for 10 years.
Find below the list of professionals who are certified by EHRA in cardiac pacing and ICDs. Discover who they are and where they come from.
List of EHRA certified cardiac device specialists (ECDS) (.xls)
Download the EHRA CP Certification FAQs.
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