Recertification process is currently available only for CHD, TEE 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 six 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.
Reminders will, however, be sent out by the certification team approximately twice a year.
In order to assess continuing practical experience, current EACVI certified practitioners must provide the following:
50 CPD/CME points** – 25 specifically on echo
250 TTE studies performed per year*
50 TEE studies performed per year*
50 CPD/CME points** – 25 specifically derived from CHD echo meetings/courses
125 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 may ask for evidence of practical studies in the form of a report (study or videos/clips - upon request).
1CME/CPD= one hour of echo learning
CME/CPD credits are obtained by participating in:
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 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
Candidates successfully re-certified will be awarded an electronic certificate.
To apply for recertification, candidates must send a request for recertification to the ESC certification office by email mentioning:
Upon submission of the request, the EACVI Certification office will inform candidates of their eligibility.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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