EACVI recertification process
Candidates who have successfully completed the certification process have been awarded 5-year certification.
To retain their respective certification, candidates must apply for recertification within the allowed time-frame which runs from 6 months before to 6 months after the certification expiry date.
During this time frame, candidates who are eligible for 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 My ESC 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 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 (prices indicated exclude VAT)
- Non-members and EACVI Regular Members: €200
- EACVI Silver Members: €75
Once 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 My ESC account. Candidates need to ensure that all information is correctly entered in their My ESC 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 Contact Us form.
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:
- A copy of the candidate’s current EACVI Certification diploma
- A completed recertification checklist (a template will be provided on the platform)
- Proof of CME Credits with photocopies of all CME certificates. The credits must be numbered and reported in your online submission list. See table of CME requirements below.
- Certificate of attendance/proof of participation and copies of final scientific programmes when CME certificates are not available.
- For echocardiography: a letter from the candidate’s immediate supervisor (a template will be provided on the platform) attesting of the number of studies performed by the candidate1
- For TTE: 250 studies
- For TOE: 50 studies
- For Echo CHD: 125 Echo CHD most recent year's studies as a logbook list
- For CMR: a personal declaration attesting to the number of studies performed per year2
- To maintain CMR level 2: 100 studies per year
- To maintain CMR level 3: 200 studies per year
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 echo
50 CPD/CME points** – 25 specifically on echo
50 CPD/CME points** – 25 specifically derived from Echo CHD echo meetings/courses
|CMR Level 2||
50 CPD/CME points** – 25 specifically on CMR
|CMR Level 3||
50 CPD/CME points** – 50 specifically on CMR
**This represents the total number of CME Credits needed, accrued over the 5-year period.
Requirements for continuing medical education (CME)
Evidence of CME is required for all applications for recertification. General cardiology or radiology conferences/webinars on general cardiology are not accepted. Unless it involves a topic on echocardiography (e.g: the CME Credits from the EACVI webinars on echocardiography topics are accepted) and only the relevant component of meetings will count for re-certification.
The learning hours must be collected as follows:
- 1 CME/CPD Credit = 1 hour of learning
- CME/CPD Credits are obtained by participating in:
- Recognised National, European and International relevant meetings
- Educational courses with relevant endorsement and CPD credits
- ECTS points ( European Credit Transfer System) accepted
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:
|EuroEcho-Imaging||Please indicate hours of echo lectures attended|
|EACTA congress||Please indicate hours of echo lectures attended|
|American Society of Echo meetings|
|British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) meetings||Please indicate hours of echo lectures attended|
|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 UEMS credits||Echo component only, 1 UEMS credit hour = 1 CME hour|
|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 for acceptability.|
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.
Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR)
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.
|Title||CME points awarded||Notes|
|SCMR Annual Scientific Sessions||24†|
|EuroEcho Imaging 2018||7||Total of 21 divided by 3 (Echo/CMR/CT)|
|ESC Congress||3||3 allocated CMR sessions|
†Additional CME points will be allowed for attending pre-conference sessions with clinical CMR content.
- If a candidate with Level 3 certification does not achieve the criteria for Level 3 recertification but meets criteria for Level 2 recertification, they will only be offered Level 2 certification for the following 5 years and will need to reapply for an upgrade to Level 3 via the usual route. If certified candidates do not meet either Level 2 or Level 3 criteria, their current level of certification will not be extended.
- All certified individuals will be required to apply for recertification to maintain their current level of certification (including those previously granted certification under exceptional circumstances