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EACVI Recertification

Important! The recertification platform will be temporarily closing and is due for relaunch on 18 July 2018.

Our new platform will offer smoother more user-friendly experience and a faster turn-around time for your applications.  We thank you for your patience and understanding during this period and we look forward to receiving your application after 18 July 2018 on our brand new platform!

Recertification process is currently available only for Echo CHD, TOE and TTE. Certification and any recertifications are valid for a full five years.



In order to keep their certification status, all persons who have been certified by the EACVI must apply for recertification from 6 months before up to 6 months after the five-year validity expires.

It is important that requests for recertification are sent from six months before the expiry date.

The application for recertification is the responsibility of the candidates.

Please note that EACVI Certification in TTE, TOE and congenital echocardiography are each granted individually for a period of 5 years. To retain the respective certification candidates must complete and submit the documentation for re-certification submission within six months of expiry of their current certification. We will remind all candidates of these requirements as this deadline approaches although it is your responsibility to ensure your application for re-certification is submitted in a timely manner. Please note that late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.

Requirements

  • Recertification will be awarded on the basis of evidence of continuing practical experience and continuing medical education in echocardiography (usually recognised in CME points).
  • Recertification should be obtained prior to the expiration date.

In order to assess continuing practical experience, current EACVI certified practitioners must provide the following:

Modality Requirements
TTE

50 CPD/CME points** – 25 specifically on echo

250 TTE studies performed per year*

TOE

50 CPD/CME points** – 25 specifically on echo

50 TOE studies performed per year*

Echo CHD

50 CPD/CME points** – 25 specifically derived from Echo CHD echo meetings/courses

125 Echo CHD studies performed per year solely by the applicant*

Proof of the most recent year’s studies provided as a logbook list

 

* Applicants must be involved in the study (although not necessarily have performed it completely themselves). E.g. applicants may have confirmed that the maximum gradient through the aortic valve had been obtained even though other parts of the study have been performed by a trainee/colleague. The number of studies performed per year as an average over five years.

**The continuing learning hours must be collected over the five years that you are certified for.

Additionally, the EACVI Certification Skills Assessment Committee TOE may ask for evidence of practical studies in the form of a report (study or videos/clips - upon request).

1 CME/CPD= one hour of echo learning

CME/CPD credits are obtained by participating in:

  • National, European and International, Echo / General Cardiology / Ultrasound meetings
  • Educational courses.

Eligible Meetings

Only the echo component of meetings will count for recertification.

Examples of eligible meetings listed below:

  • Currently certified in any other EACVI modality = 10 points towards recertification
  • EuroEcho-Imaging – please indicate hours of echo lectures attended
  • EACTA congress - please indicate hours of echo lectures attended
  • American Society of Echo meetings
  • ACC (echo component only – sessions attended must be specified)
  • AHA  (echo component only – sessions attended must be specified)
  • ESC Congress (echo component only – sessions attended must be specified)
  • Cardiothoracic anaesthesia and perioperative echocardiography meetings
  • Meetings endorsed by the EACVI
  • Meetings awarded EBAC credits (Echo component only, 1 EBAC credit hour = 1 CME hour)
  • Other meetings: other national and international meetings providing CME in Echo. Please submit copies of the course programme, faculty and evidence of your attendance with your application, and the number of hours claimed. These hours will be evaluated by the EACVI Certification committee TOE for acceptability.

It is recommended that the majority of CME hours come from options one to four. 

The EACVI 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

Fees for recertification

  • €200: Standard, EACVI Regular and Ivory member.
  • Free of charge: Candidates holding continuous EACVI membership during the five years they were certified in (before 2016: Club Green and Club 35 and from 2016: Silver or Gold Member).

Certificates

Candidates successfully re-certified will be awarded an electronic certificate.

Process

Step 1

To apply for recertification, candidates must send a request for recertification to the ESC certification office mentioning:

  • First name and family name
  • Sub-specialty for which recertification they are applying for (Echo CHD, TOE or TTE)
  • A copy of the candidate's initial EACVI (formerly EAE) Certification diploma, accompanying letter or most recent recertification certificate.  

Upon submission of the request, the EACVI Certification office will inform candidates of their eligibility.

Step 2

The candidates will be sent a link to register online for the recertification process - up to two weeks after sending the information to the certification office.

Step 3

Once the registration is validated (again this can take up to two weeks) the Certification Office will send a link to an online web form, where templates will be provided for the below documents, which must be completed along with the following uploaded documents:

  • Recertification Check List: TTE, TOE, Echo CHD
  • Letter from the candidate's immediate supervisor attesting of the number of studies performed by the candidate for recertification: TTE, TOE, Echo CHD
  • Proof of CME credits with photocopies of all CME certificates. The credits must be numbered (from one to ...) and reported in your online submission list.
  • Certificate of attendance/proof of participation and copies of final scientific programmes when CME certificates are not available.*

Plus any additional required documents which will be available and listed on

*The EACVI Certification office will come back to you with the number of CME credits that have been allocated by the EACVI Certification Committee.

The candidate then simply needs to select the "submit" button at the end of the form and their application will be sent to the certification team to handle.

Step 4

The candidate will then be notified by email within the next two weeks as to whether their submission was successful or not. If further details are required the candidate will be asked to provide them within two weeks of being asked.

Results of the recertification are then sent by email within two months after request.