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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.
Recertification process is currently available for EACVI TTE, EACVI/EACTA TOE, EACVI/AEPC Echo CHD and EACVI CMR.
Initial certification and any subsequent recertification is valid for a full five-year period.
Candidates who have successfully completed the certification process have been awarded a 5-year certification.
To retain their respective certification, candidates must apply for recertification within the allowed time-window which runs from 6 months before to 6 months after the certification expiry date.
During this time window, candidates who are eligible for the recertification will receive an automatic email reminder every 3 months to apply for recertification. This email will be sent to the email address registered on the candidate’s MyESC account. All candidates will be reminded as the deadline approaches but it is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the recertification is submitted in a timely manner.
Late applications will not be considered. If an application for recertification is not made within 6 months of the expiry date of their certificate, the individual concerned will need to start the whole certification process as if they had not previously held said certification. This will mean applying for an entirely new certification and will require completion of all the stipulations for Level 2 or Level 3 certification (including resitting the examination).
The first step involves payment of the recertification fee as follows:
Once the payment is validated, a confirmation email will be received with a link to the platform where the requested documents can be uploaded.
Candidates need to complete the form and select the “submit” button at the end. Their application will be sent to the Certification Team to handle.
All applications are reviewed by the Certification Team before being sent for grading. If further details are required during the process the candidates will be asked to provide them within two weeks of being asked.
Results of the recertification will be sent to the candidate by email within three months of the request. Candidates successfully recertified will be awarded an electronic certificate.
Please note that the name displayed on the certificate will be the one entered in the candidate’s MyESC account. Candidates need to ensure that all information is correctly entered in their MyESC account. No corrections are possible once the certificate has been delivered.
If a candidate feels that they need to be granted an extension of time, they must request this with a signed letter of explanation from their Supervisor or Head of Department. The request must be submitted BEFORE the expiry of their previous certification. No time extension will be granted if the request is submitted late. All requests should be directed to the certification office through the following link: Contact Us.
Please note that the reason for an extension must be important and that extensions will not be granted for minor issues (e.g. poor organisation or having been too busy). Approval of such requests is at the discretion of the Certification Committee chairperson.
Recertification will be awarded on the basis of evidence of continuing practical experience and continuing medical education in the related modality (usually recognised in CME points).
In order to verify this, applicants must provide the following:
1 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.
2 Applicants for recertification at Level 2 must have personally reported the CMR scans. Applicants for recertification at Level 3 must have either personally reported or signed off the CMR scans. The number of studies performed per year will be assessed as an overall average over five years.
Table 1. Summary of case numbers and CME requirements
50 CPD/CME points** – 25 specifically on echo250 studies
50 CPD/CME points** – 25 specifically on echo50 studiesAdditionally, 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)
50 CPD/CME points** – 25 specifically derived from Echo CHD echo meetings/courses125 studies
50 CPD/CME points** – 25 specifically on CMR100 CMR studies performed per year*
50 CPD/CME points** – 50 specifically on CMR200 CMR studies performed per year*
**This represents the total number of CME credits needed, accrued over the 5-year period.
Evidence of CME is required for all applications for recertification. General cardiology or radiology conferences / webinars are not accepted and only the relevant component of meetings will count for re-certification.The learning hours must be collected as follows:
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 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.
Only the echo component of meetings will count for recertification.
Examples of eligible meetings listed below:
It is recommended that the majority of CME hours come from meetings one to four.
Being currently certified in any other EACVI modality will also give you 10 points towards recertification.
Only the CMR component of meetings will count for recertification.
For multimodality imaging courses, conferences or meetings with relevant 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 CME points for specific meetings are given in the table below. It should be noted that CME credits will vary between meetings and should be confirmed for each meeting attended.
†Additional CME points will be allowed for attending pre-conference sessions with clinical CMR content.
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