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The EACVI offers a process for certification of individuals in CMR in congenital and paediatric heart disease.
The development of this certification process recognises the increasing complexity of this highly specialised area and is designed for all those performing and reporting CMR in congenital and paediatric heart disease on which clinical decisions are made.
Please note: EACVI CMR CHD certification is not a compulsory or regulatory certificate. The right to report and sign off clinical CMR studies in individual countries remains defined by national laws and regulations.
The EACVI recognises three levels (Levels 1-3) for certification in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance in congenital and paediatric heart disease (CMR CHD). The requirements for each level of competence are described in this page.
The EACVI offers a formal certification process for CMR CHD Level 2 and Level 3. As mentioned above, ESC/EACVI CMR CHD certification is valid only in conjunction with national and local regulations. ESC/EACVI CMR CHD certification does not however represent a legal requirement or provide the right for a certified individual for the practice of clinical CMR CHD.
Although ESC/EACVI CMR CHD certification may be obtained during medical training, independent reporting will, in most instances, require completion of postgraduate specialist medical training. ESC/EACVI CMR CHD certification is only offered to qualified physicians.
As a general overview, the three different levels can be described as follows:
Each of these three levels is described below with specific reference to CMR CHD.
Although Level 1 certification in CMR CHD is not formally offered by the ESC/EACVI certification team, the EACVI provides the opportunity to obtain a CMR Level 1 certificate by attending Level 1 tracks at EuroCMR conferences.
It is recognised that a certain level of understanding is required before medical practitioners should routinely be requesting CMR investigations and interpreting the results of the reports. With this in mind, the core curriculum in cardiology/ paediatric cardiology should include an adequate level of training. This would usually be expected to be equivalent to “Level 1” competency.
Level 1 is not considered sufficient for the practice of CMR CHD (i.e. reporting CMR CHD studies or running a CMR CHD service) for which a higher level of competency is required.
To apply for certification at Level 2 or 3, candidates must sit and successfully pass the theoretical component of the CMR in congenital and paediatric heart disease certification process at a formal examination. A full, detailed description of the syllabus and examination is available on the EACVI Section CMR website via the links below:
It should be noted that passing the examination on its own provides no formal certification whatsoever.
Certification can only be granted once those who have passed the written exam have submitted the required logbook of cases and supporting documentation.
There are 2 pathways to obtaining Level 2 and Level 3 certification in CMR in congenital and paediatric heart disease. A standard and an alternate pathway. The standard pathway requires supervision from a Level 3 CMR CHD certified supervisor. An alternate pathway is available for those unable to obtain the required supervision. The requirements for each pathway are detailed in the following table. (link)
The EACVI congenital and paediatric exam board recognises that there are difficulties experienced by some candidates obtaining supervision and training from recognised Level 3 accredited CMR CHD individuals for the required length of time.
The exam board also acknowledges that there are many people practicing CMR CHD in recognised interventional and surgical centres that would like to participate in the accreditation process but are unable to give further time to extended training.
The alternate pathway provides a more accessible route to certification although this is by no means an easier route. The exam board maintains that there is no substitute for excellent training.
Please note: Applications for Level 2 / Level 3 certification must fulfil all of the stipulated requirements. This includes the submission of all mandatory documentation. Particular attention must also be paid to the strict criteria for logbook submissions. Any application which does not meet the criteria will be rejected.
If applications are not completed satisfactorily within the required timelines, this will lead to the candidate failing the practical assessment. In this situation, the whole certification process (both the written examination and practical assessment / logbook submission) must be restarted from the beginning. This will be treated as an entirely new application, subject to all of the mandatory requirements.
IMPORTANT: The EACVI certification requirements have been updated (as of February 2020). Please make sure to read the new requirements carefully before registering. Any candidates taking the EACVI CMR CHD examination from December 2020 onwards will be subject to the new regulations.
The registration for the exam is separated from that of the congress. You do not need to register for the congress to sit the exam.
In order 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 prior to the examination with no exceptions.However, registration may close earlier when the exam room capacity is reached.
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***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.
NEW: Before paying, candidates have to complete a questionnaire where they must declare their supervisor and provide information on their training.
Please note that the supervisor does not need to be EACVI certified.
Important - Please note that in order to respect the capacity of the examination room, registrations are taken on the basis of first come, first served. We encourage online registration as early as possible to guarantee a seat.
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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, otherwise, the higher registration fee will be applied.
Registrations will be acknowledged by e-mail upon receipt of payment and a valid candidate email address (make sure your MyESC profile is updated and ensure that no third party email address is linked to your registration).
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:
Please note that a "no show" is NOT considered as 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.
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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.
All candidates are urged to take personal travel insurance.
Registration of a candidate entails acceptance of these conditions.
The exam is in English and is performed on a tablet-based system.
It consists of 100 questions in multiple-choice format with one single best answer for each question. Each correct answer receives one mark. There is no negative marking and a wrong answer receives no marks. The exam breakdown uses a prescribed quota of questions in the different subject areas of the CMR CHD syllabus, the weighting of which will be in accordance with the examination blueprint. Questions may contain text only or have a combination of text only, data interpretation, still images or movies.
The duration of the examination is 3 hours with no break.
Please click here to see the Core Syllabus.
The EACVI organises a teaching course on CMR in congenital and paediatric heart disease. This is not an exam preparation course, but will cover topics included in the exam syllabus.
Prospective candidates must register prior to the examination. There is no opportunity to register on-site or on the day of the examination. Refer to the registration section for further details.
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 CMR CHD. 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 CMR CHD Certification committee.
A complaint must be logged on-site with the exam 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.
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.
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.
Candidates must demonstrate an appropriate level of training commensurate with the level of certification for which they are applying. The following details stipulate the requirements for the EACVI CMR CHD certification process. A summary is given in Table 2 below.
Please note that requirements for ESC/EACVI certification in CMR CHD at Level 2 and 3 have been updated for all candidates who pass the written exam from 2020 onwards.
If you passed the exam prior to 2020 and would like to submit your application for Level 2 or Level 3 certification, the old logbook/documentation requirements are still available here.
The following requirements are mandatory:
The EACVI Section CMR CHD reserves the right to perform random checks to cross-reference the above information with the level 3 supervisors and training centres or centres of practice.
Both the Level 3 trainer (supervisor) and the candidate are fully responsible for providing the correct information. Misconduct may result in both the trainer and candidate losing their EACVI CMR certification (see section Professional Standards of Conduct).
It should be noted that if any impropriety, falsification or fraudulent application is discovered either at the time of the application or at a later stage, this may result in the revocation of both the applicant’s and the supervisor’s own level 3 EACVI CMR CHD certification. This could be deemed to be serious professional misconduct and any further action would be decided by the EACVI Section CMR CHD Examination Board in conjunction the EACVI Board and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). In extreme cases, this might also mandate reporting to the appropriate national society or national body for professional registration.
Level 2 certification is the expected level at which routine practitioners can undertake CMR CHD scanning and reporting independently. It is not, however, generally considered to be an adequate level of certification to set up a new service or lead a CMR CHD unit.
It is envisaged that the majority of practitioners in CMR CHD would be certified at Level 2.
Any applicant for Level 2 certification in CMR CHD is expected to fulfil the following requirements:
** This should be either 6 months’ continuous full-time training in CMR or the equivalent length of time if split into separate periods of training (within a maximum 48-month window). For applicants who are training less than full-time (defined as at least 35 hours/week in CMR or CMR-related activities), the training period will need to be extended on a pro-rata basis. For example, if the applicant only spends 3 days per week doing CMR (i.e. 3/5 full-time equivalent), 6 months’ full-time equivalent will require a 10-month period of training.
Level 3 certification is the expected level for senior practitioners in CMR CHD who routinely supervise and teach CMR CHD and lead a CMR CHD service or CMR CHD unit. It is recommended that this should be considered a requirement for those wishing to set up a new service or lead a CMR CHD unit.
As mentioned above, it is envisaged that the majority of practitioners in CMR CHD would be certified at Level 2 with experts in the field certified at Level 3. Level 3 certification should therefore represent mentors, educators and leaders in the field of cardiovascular magnetic resonance CHD.
Any applicant for Level 3 certification in CMR CHD is expected to fulfil the following requirements:
Alternate Level 2
Alternate Level 3
EACVI CMR exam pass
Level 2 certification
Full-time training – at least
Logbook cases number
Max. normal cases
Max. from courses / teaching files
Max. from elsewhere
Advanced life support
Letter of support from head of department - congenital cardiology/ congenital cardiothoracic surgery/ radiology
*Peer recognition – (1) Three 1st or last author original research articles on CHD (Section 2 syllabus); or (2) Three presentations on CMR in CHD (Section 2 of Syllabus) at ESC/ AEPC/ SCMR endorsed meetings; or (3) Combination of three articles and presentations that satisfy criteria (1) and (2)
Any current practitioner in CMR CHD who holds active Level 3 CMR CHD certification (from EACVI) can act as a supervisor for a candidate’s application for Level 2 and Level 3 certification. The following mandatory stipulations however apply:
Applicants are strongly advised to check the requirements for a Level 3 certified supervisor before starting any period of training to ensure that their training will be recognised.
Evidence of CME is required for all applications for Level 2 and Level 3 certification. CME must be exclusively in CMR.
Courses/Conferences attended more than two years before the exam are not appropriate.
General cardiology or radiology conferences / general webinars are not accepted and only the CMR component of relevant meetings will count for recertification.
The learning hours must be collected as follows:
For multimodality imaging courses, conferences or meetings with CMR content, the number of total CME/CPD credits should be divided by number of modalities in question. For example, if the meeting is on cardiac CT, nuclear cardiology and CMR, the total CME/CPD credits must be divided by 3. If the meeting is on cardiac CT and CMR, the total number is divided by 2.
Examples of specific meetings are given in table 1 (below). It should be noted that CME credits will vary between meetings and should be confirmed for each meeting attended.
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Table 1. Examples of CME points for specific meetings
CME points awarded
SCMR Annual Scientific Sessions
Total of 21 divided by 3 (Echo/CMR/CT)
3 allocated CMR sessions
†Additional CME points will be allowed for attending pre-conference sessions with clinical CMR content.
Candidates will be required to upload the relevant attendance certificates detailing the number of CME points / hours accrued. We no longer allow self-directed learning for CME submission.
The CMR CHD Certification committee reserves the right to check the details of the course and evidence of attendance. The decision of the EACVI Certification Committee is final regarding award of CME hours.
In exceptional circumstances, an application for certification which falls outside the above routes for Level 2 and Level 3 may be considered. If you consider yourself to be in this category, special circumstances can be discussed with the EACVI Section CMR CHD certification board by contacting the ESC stating why your application should be considered.
Candidates who fail to the logbook part may raise an appeal to the ESC certification team on the ESC Contact us.
Further evidence may be requested at the discretion of the CMR CHD Committee.
The appeal procedure for the re-evaluation of a logbook is free of charge and does not guarantee a pass after this second review.
This will be the final attempt by the CMR CHD committee to assist the candidate in demonstrating satisfactory practical competence. The decision of the appeal is made by the committee and is final.
Failing the certification programme will require the candidate to start the whole process from the beginning (exam + logbook).
EACVI CMR CHD Level 2 and Level 3 certification is valid for a period of 5 years.
In order to keep their certification status, any professional who has been certified by the EACVI must apply for recertification within the allowed time frame. Applications for recertification will be accepted from 6 months before up to 6 months after the expiry date of any individual’s five-year certification.
Initial certification and any subsequent recertification is valid for a full five-year period.
Click here to consult the recertification requirements.
The grandparenting scheme will be offered for individuals who are established practitioners in the field of CMR in congenital and paediatric heart disease wishing to achieve level 3 certification.
The grandparenting route will require a combination of clinical experience and either evidence of education within the field of CMR in congenital and paediatric heart disease or a proven research record in the field. The examination board will also accept a combination of research and education.
The following documents will be required. Please note all the documents need to be in English:
Individuals must be able to demonstrate the following:
The recommendations of the review panel with regard to grandparenting are final, and no correspondence will be entered into following decisions.
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Congratulations to all those who have achieved certification Level 2 and Level 3 in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance CHD with the EACVI.
Candidates successfully certified have been approved by the CMR CHD Exam Board Committee at either Level 2 or Level 3 in the certification process.
Please click here to view the list of:
Professionals who are certified by the EACVI in CMR CHD.
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