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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 Lisbon on 16 March have been sent to the email address registered in your My ESC account. 

Next EHRA AP Exam in Dutch will be held in Arnhem, The Netherlands, 6 November 2019.

Registration is closed, all seats are sold out, the exam room capacity is reached.


AP Exam in Dutch - 6 November 2019           

The EHRA AP exam in Dutch will be held in Arnhem, The Netherlands, 6 November 2019.


Hotel Papendal
Papendallaan 3
6816 VD Arnhem
The Netherlands


Check-in for candidates: 08:00–08:45
Instructions to candidates: 08:45–09:00
Exam: 09:00–16:00

*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. 


AP Exam in English - 29 March 2020

Next AP Exam will be held during EHRA Congress March 2020, Vienna, Austria.

More information about Exam's schedule and venue will be communicated in due time.

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


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.

Registration is closed.


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 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 On-Site 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 the EHRA cancels an exam, the full registration fee will be refunded. However, the 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 the EHRA
  • 13:00–16:00: second part

The 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. 

There is no appeal procedure after the examination. 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.

How to prepare for the examination


Sample questions

  • Download the AP sample MCQs.
  • For any information on the EHRA certification examinations, please contact us at the European Heart House.

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