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Heart Failure Certification

Certification organised by the Heart Failure Association of the ESC (HFA)

This certification process is for professionals specialising in heart failure. It aims to assess the knowledge base for heart failure which is set out by the Specialist Heart Failure Curriculum.

Results of 2019 certification exam delivered on the 28th May 2019 in Athens have been sent to participants through the email address registered on their MyESC accounts. 


This is an excellent milestone for HFA members to add to their career path. Heart failure certification proves to your profession that you have achieved a certain level of comptence.

In order to respect exam room capacity, registrations will be managed on a first come first served basis.


What are the benefits of HFA certification?

Heart failure cardiologists require specialist knowledge to help them deliver optimal patient care. The HFA knowledge-based Certificate shows that the candidate has achieved an advanced level of competence in the Heart Failure field. Successful candidates will receive a certification of completion of the knowledge-based component of the Heart Failure Curriculum.

Certification Process

Exam structure

  • The examination is held once a year during the Heart Failure congress (in May)
  • The examination is in English and delivered on tablet
  • The duration of the written examination is three hours
  • The questionnaire is compiled by the HFA Certification Committee and consists of 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs) with five options, based on single best answer (no negative marking)
  • Questions are based on and will cover the Knowledge Base outlined in the Specialist Heart Failure Curriculum

How to prepare for the examination?

The day of the exam

Participants are required to sign in from 1 hour to 30 minutes before the start of the exam for check-in and are requested to bring and present a photo ID document to confirm their identity.
If a candidate leaves the room before the end of the exam, s/he will not be authorised the re-enter the room nor access his/her tablet (except to use the washroom facilities and only if accompanied by an Invigilator).


The exam is marked electronically and the results are verified and checked by the committee.
Results are sent by e-mail within two months after the exam date.

Appeal process

Please note that there is no appeal process following the written exam section of the certification process.
The results are the final decision of the HFA Board. No additional feedback can be provided.


Only HFA members can register for the HFA exam Join the HFA

Doctors with national board certification in cardiology (diploma).

or Doctors during cardiology specialist training (fellows).

Registration information

The next Heart Failure Certification exam will be held on 28 May 2019 during Heart Failure 2019 in Athens, Greece.

Registration is closed, there is no onsite registration.


Divani Caravel Hotel

2 Vassileos Alexandrou ave.

16121 Athens




Check-in candidates 13:00 - 14:00

Instructions to candidates 14:00 - 14:15

Exam start (3h) 14:15 - 17:15

*HFA reserves the right to modify this schedule if required

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.


HFA exam Terms & Conditions

Fees do not include transport and accommodation.


Fee Types Online Fees (until seats sold out / 10 days before exam date)
Regular Member**
Silver  & Gold Member** €320
Resit - Regular Member €300*
Resit - Silver & Gold €220*

*Please note that the resit fee is strictly reserved and applied for candidates who have sat and failed the exam in the past.

**To benefit from Gold / Silver member fees you must be a validated Gold / Silver member before registering for the exam.

For further information please go to the membership page.

Registration conditions

  • 150 seats available: in order to respect the capacity of the examination room, registrations are taken on the basis of first come, first served. 
  • Only HFA Members can attend the exam. Join the HFA
  • If you register for the exam, you do not need to also register for the corresponding congress if you don't want to attend. However, you will only have access to exam facilities.
  • Please note that there is NO onsite registration
  • It is strongly recommended that candidates taking the exam should either have completed the General Cardiology training in their own country or be in their final year of cardiology training in their own country.

General conditions


  • All registration fees are quoted in Euros and include national applicable VAT.
  • Payment in any other currency will not be accepted.
  • Registration will be acknowledged by e-mail (within ten days) 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).

Cancellation policy

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:

Weeks before the exam % Refund
Up to 6 weeks before the exam  90%
6 to 4 weeks before the exam  50%
Within 4 weeks before the exam  0%
No show  0%

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 involving the candidate...) no refund will be allowed.

In the unlikely event that the HFA cancels the exam, the full registration fee will be refunded. However, HFA is not liable for any cost incurred by the cancellation of accommodation and travel arrangements.

If there are any queries concerning visas problems, please contact us. Please note you are responsible for your visa applications and you must give at least two months preparation time to your respective embassy otherwise it is your concern if the visa is not granted in time.

By registering for the exam, each candidate waives his/her rights to claim for any compensation from the HFA. 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 HFA 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Download HFA Certification FAQs (PDF)