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EAPCI Certification for Nurses and Allied Professionals

Certification organised by the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI)

The European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) Nurses and Allied Professional group (NAPs) is proud to launch its certification examination in interventional cardiology.

The next EAPCI examination for Nurses and Allied professionnals will take place in 2020. 



Upcoming exam

The next EAPCI examination for Nurses and Allied professionnals will take place in 2020. 

About the certification

The aim of the EAPCI NAP Certification is to assure optimal quality in interventional cardiology by assessing the knowledge in attitudes of Nurses and Allied Professionals (NAPs). 

Benefits of being certified in Interventional Cardiology for NAPs:

  • Certification in EAPCI gives credibility and professional legitimacy to an individual by demonstrating his/her competency on getting this certification.
  • The certification process will identify qualified practitioners in interventional cardiology and should enhance their professional image.

Certification in EAPCI is not a compulsory or regulatory certificate of competence or excellence. Individuals' rights to report and sign clinical studies in individual countries remain to be defined by National laws and regulations.

Why Should I apply?

 

Certification process

EAPCI NAP has developed a standardised certificate for interventional NAPs practising in ESC member countries to ensure comparable standards for EAPCI NAPs as certified specialists.

The system will be designed to certify both practical experience and knowledge in interventional cardiology medicine and will be divided into two parts:

  • Theoretical knowledge based on EAPCI NAP Core curriculum, PCR-EAPCI Textbook and ESC Guidelines. 
  • Practical skills assessment using the matrix (logbook) of skills and competence will be assessed every 5 years to evaluate continued practice and growth. It will be required to keep your certification you must continue to work at least the equivalent of 20 hours a week in interventional cardiology. You will also need to prove attendance of 30 hours of continuous professional development (CPD) every 5 years.

How to prepare for the examination?

EAPCI NAP proposes to the candidates to use the following preparation material or to take part in specialised courses:

  • EAPCI NAP Core Curriculum (refer to the syllabus for all subjects covered)
  • PCR-EAPCI Textbook
  • ESC Textbook of preventive cardiology
  • ESC Guidelines
  • Drugs for the Heart, Lionel H Opie, Elsevier 8th edition, 2013
  • Guideline for good clinical practice
  • Radiation Safety for the Interventional Cardiologist—A Practical Approach to Protecting Ourselves From the Dangers of Ionizing Radiation. Jan 04, 2016 Gautam Kumar et al.
  • Radiation safety program for the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Cathet. Cardiovasc. Intervent., 77: 546–556. E. Chambers et al.

Eligibility

To register an EAPCI NAP Certification exam, you must be:

  • EAPCI Member. If you are not a member, join now for free.  
  • Nurses with National Board registration, confirmed by a copy of the registration.  

Practical information

  • The examination will usually be held once a year during EuroPCR Congress
  • EAPCI NAP Certification examination is delivered on a tablet-based system (provided on site).
  • Candidates will receive exam results within 8 weeks of taking the exam.
  • Upon successful completion of the theoretical exam, candidates will receive an EAPCI-NAP certificate stating that candidates 'have passed the theoretical examination of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions, a branch of the ESC', valid for 5 years. It is required that to keep your certification you must continue to work at least the equivalent of 20 hours a week in interventional cardiology. You will also need proof of, practical skills assessment using the matrix (logbook) and attendance of 30 hours of CPD every 5 years. 

Exam registration

 

 

Fees Online fees (until seats sold out/10 days before exam date)
EAPCI NAP Member fee €350* (VAT included)

 *Fees do not include transport & accommodation.

 

 

However, registration may close earlier when the exam room capacity is reached.

There is no onsite registration

In order to respect exam room capacity, registrations will be managed on a first come first served basis.
We encourage you to register online as early as possible to guarantee a seat.

 

Please read the Terms and Conditions

Payment and general conditions

All registration fees are quoted in Euros (€) and include national applicable VAT. Payment in any other currency will not be accepted.

Registration fees are based on the date of receipt. The prices indicated are only applicable if both registration form/request and payment are received before the registration deadlines.

Registration will be acknowledged upon receipt of payment and a valid email address (please ensure your My ESC profile is updated). A confirmation email will be sent within ten working days after having submitted the payment.

Cancellation

If candidates have to cancel their registration for the exam, please contact us.

  • Up to 6 weeks before the exam takes place: 50% refund
  • From 6 to 4 weeks: 50% refund
  • From 4 weeks to exam date: 50% refund
  • No show: no refund

In the event of illness or other serious unforeseen circumstances, a letter of proof will be required and the full amount may then be refunded.

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

Detailed certification process

Theoretical part

Examination description

The exam is in English and is performed on a tablet-based system.

It consists of 100 questions in multiple-choice format with one single best answer for each question. Each correct answer received one mark. There is no negative marking and a wrong answer received no marks. The exam breakdown uses a prescribed quota of questions in the different subject areas of the EAPCI NAP syllabus, the weighting of which will be in accordance with the examination blueprint. Questions may contain text only or have a combination of text and still images or movies. 

The duration of the examination is 3 hours with no break.

Examination day

Exam check-in:

  • Candidates are required to come to the registration desk at least 30 minutes before the start of the exam.
  • Candidates must bring and present a valid photo ID document (passport or national identity card) to confirm their identity.
  • A photograph of each candidate will be taken which will be transmitted to the candidate's tablet so that ID can be verified in the examination room.
  • Once registered, the candidate will be admitted to the examination room.

 Before the start of the exam:

  • Candidates must sit at the correct table corresponding to their candidate number.
  • Only when instructed, candidates should scan their barcode.
  • Further instructions on how to use the system will be given by the invigilators before the exam starts.
  • An overview of the exam process and platform can be found here.
  • All coats, bags, mobile phones and personal effects must be left at the back or the side of the room and must not be taken to the examination table. No calculators are allowed (a calculator is provided within the tablet system). 

 During the exam:

  • Candidates will be given instructions on how to login and how to start the exam system.
  • A timer starts immediately the exam is commenced. The timer will run for the duration of the examination and automatically terminates the exam at 3 hours.
  • Assistance can be requested at any time during the exam by touching the "help" button on the tablet. An invigilator will be notified immediately and will come to the candidate's desk.
  • If a candidate needs to go to the restroom, he/she must request assistance and wait for an invigilator or host/hostess to accompany him/her.
  • If a candidate completes the exam before the end of the session, assistance should be requested. The candidate may leave only once authorised but will need to sign out and will not be readmitted to the exam room.
  • Candidates who have been identified by the invigilators as disturbing the exam or cheating will be required to leave immediately and will fail the exam.
  • As mentioned above, no personal effects, coats, bags, food or drinks are permitted on the exam table. Water can be provided on request.
  • A single piece of plain paper and a pencil will be supplied for each candidate. This must not be taken out of the examination room and must be left on the table at the end of the exam. Candidates may request another piece of paper but, in this event, the original piece of paper will be retained by the invigilators and exchanged for a new blank piece of paper. 
Examination results

Results of the examination will be sent to the email address registered on your 'MyESC' account. Results are only released following verification and validation by the Certification Committee Chairperson, usually within two months of the completion of the exam.

All examination questions go through a rigorous assessment prior to the exam. Questions are reviewed by a committee of Certification members who are senior experts in Interventional Cardiology for NAPs. They are then all reviewed again by the Certification Committee Chairperson. The final selection of questions is scrutinised by the Certification Committee once again as part of the standard-setting process prior to the examination. This defines the pass mark for the examination. Following the examination, the questions are all reviewed once more by the Certification Committee to ensure that the standard setting has been accurate. Any questions which perform badly in terms of discrimination of candidates or those with a negative correlation to the overall results may be removed. 

Upon successful completion of the theoretical exam, candidates will receive an EAPCI NAP certificate stating that candidates 'have passed the theoretical examination of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions for Nurses and Allied Professionals', valid for 5 years. 

Appealing the exam
  • On the exam day, in case of issue with the scientific content of the exam:

A complaint must be logged on-site with the exam Invigilators. The appeals’ procedure will be recorded only if candidates have filed an official complaint on the day of the exam. In no circumstance you will be entitled to fee refund nor damages.

  • After having received your results:

If you believe that an incorrect result has been awarded to you, you may lodge an appeal by sending to the ESC exam administration an official letter within 8 days of receiving your scores, to the ESC contact us form. The result of such appeal may be a higher grade, a lower grade, or no grade change. In no circumstance you will be entitled to fee refund nor damages.

Appeal process:

The ESC exam administration and relevant certification committee will reply within 4 weeks.

Reply from ESC exam administration and 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.

Practical skills assessment

The practical skills assessment part of the EAPCI NAP Certification is not open yet.