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NEW: Take your HFA exam from anywhere!
The next exam will take place on 19 November.
Exam registration is open until 3 November 2020.
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.
This is an excellent milestone for HFA Members to enhance their career path.
Heart failure certification proves to your profession that you have achieved a certain level of competence.
Taking the HFA exam just got easier and more agile.
No need to travel anymore.
Take it online, from your computer/tablet, at your home or office.
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.
The next online HFA exam will take place on 19 November 2020.
Registration closes 15 days before the examination with no exceptions.
Registration is open.
The examination is designed to be completed in 3 hours with no break.
You will be able to start your 3-hour exam at anytime between 14:00 and 17:00 CET
*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.
Fees do not include transport and accommodation.
For the first time, the HFA is offering the exam online. Here is everything you need to know in order to participate!
The HFA wants to provide you with the safety and convenience of an online platform, while retaining the integrity and quality of an on-site supervised exam.
The exam is:
You must verify that your computer meets the requirements before you register for the HFA exam. If this is not the case, you will not be able to take the exam.
You will need:
We highly recommend that you check all of the system requirements available here.
We also recommend that you test your equipment while you are on that page to verify you have the necessary equipment to take the exam.
It is a two-step registration process:
After having verified that your equipment meets the requirements, you can start your registration with the HFA.
You will need to complete a pre-exam questionnaire and pay the exam registration fee.
When you finish, you'll receive an email from the ESC with your invoice to confirm your payment.
Once you have registered with the HFA and pay your exam fee, you will get an email containing a link to complete your registration with ProctorU®.
You will need to create a ProctorU® account. Then at the pre-defined exam date, you will be able to choose the time slot in which you would like to take the exam. When you finish, you will receive a confirmation email.
You can find more information about what to expect on the examination day below and also on the ProctorU® website.
The check-in and identification process can take approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
Your entire exam will be recorded by ProctorU® and monitored by a human proctor.
The exam policies are:
Suspicious actions are flagged in the online proctoring system and will be reported to the ESC.
If the proctor detects any suspicious activities or movements, he/she could terminate your exam session at any time and your exam will be invalidated and your fee won't be refunded.
Any irregularity in relation to the ESC Online Proctoring Examinations policies and rules mentioned above can lead to sanctions as described in the Online Proctoring Examination Terms & Conditions.
If you experience a technical problem during the test, notify the proctor by speaking to him/her or via the chat.
If you get disconnected or if you lose your internet connection momentarily, you will automatically be reconnected.
If you are unable to reconnect or speak to the proctor, you can call ProctorU® for assistance.
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.
Candidates who have comments or concerns about an examination question should contact the ESC via the ESC Contact Us webpage (https://www.escardio.org/Contact). The relevant certification committee will review all comments, concerns and suggestions made by candidates. These comments or concerns must be logged on the examination day with the proctor or at the latest before candidates received their examination results.
If you believe that an incorrect result has been awarded to you, you may lodge an appeal by sending an official letter to the ESC exam administration within 8 days of receiving your scores, using the ESC Contact Us form. The result of such an appeal may be a higher grade, a lower grade, or no grade change. In no circumstance will you be entitled to a fee refund nor damages.
The ESC exam administration and relevant certification committee will reply within four weeks.
Any reply from the ESC exam administration and the relevant certification committee is final. You agreed to this during the exam registration process by accepting the ESC exam delivery Terms and Conditions.
Appeals are free of charge.
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:
Please note that a "no show" is not considered 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, the HFA is not liable for any cost incurred by the cancellation of accommodation and travel arrangements.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. Registration of a candidate entails acceptance of these conditions.
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