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EAPCI Interventional Cardiology Certification

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

NEW: Take your EAPCI Physicians' exam from anywhere on 14 December 2020.

Registration period is open until 28 November 2020 or when the exam capacity is reached.



Next EAPCI Physicians' exam: take it from anywhere!

No need to travel anymore. Take your exam online, from your computer/tablet, at your home or office.

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The next online EAPCI exam is scheduled on 14 December 2020. 

The registration is open.

 

 

 

Schedule

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 to 17:00 CET. 

About the certification

The goal of the EAPCI is to assure optimal quality in interventional cardiology by assessing the competence in knowledge, skills and attitudes of physicians.

Benefits from being certified in interventional cardiology:

  • Certification in EACPI 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.

Testimonials

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Dr. Bernhard Haring - Germany
"The EAPCI certification exam provides a valuable learning opportunity for the theoretical basis of interventional cardiology.
This helps to provide evidence-based care for patients in daily clinical practice."

 

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Dr. Eric Holy - Switzerland
"Taking the EAPCI certification exam last year together with other candidates from ESC member countries represented for me a unique opportunity to accredit my theoretical and clinical skills in interventional cardiology at an international and competitive level. Studying for the exam provided a deep-dive understanding of interventional cardiology’s principles and practices."

 

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Dr. Geroge Besis - United Kingdom
"This exam provides an opportunity to test the theoretical knowledge in interventional cardiology based on a well-defined curriculum. The completion of the certification process will result in a prestigious and European wide diploma in Interventional cardiology."

 

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Prof. Wojtek Wojakowski - Poland
"I took the exam because as a president of the national interventional working group I recommend it to my colleagues and fellows. I wanted to get personal experience which was excellent. Our work requires continuous postgraduate education and re-evaluation. EAPCI examination and certification are essential tools in maintaining professional competence of interventional cardiologists."

 

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Dr. Luís Leite - Portugal
"The EAPCI certification exam was an essential step in my training, it is a great opportunity to test your own knowledge according to the best standards of Interventional Cardiology in Europe!"

 

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Dr. Maged Mokbel - Romania
"This exam represents a unique opportunity to obtain EAPCI's recognition in interventional cardiology, such a chance not to ignore or postpone. Preparing refreshed and updated my knowledge, while succeeding assured and improved my ability to make decisions."

 

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Assist. Prof. Mustafa Yilmaztepe - Turkey
"I took this exam in May 2018 to assess my knowledge in interventional cardiology and I think this international certification process will provide a great opportunity to see how qualified you are."

 

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Dr. Santiago Camacho Freire - Spain
"This exam was the option to certify my knowledge and skills in interventional cardiology in a standardized way, it opens a world of possibilities for working in any European country."

 

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Dr. Mohammady Shahin - Egypt
"EAPCI certification is a great achievement in my personal career and added a lot to my national and international recognition as a skilled interventional cardiologist."

 

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Dr. Michail Papafaklis - United Kingdom
"Participating in the first EAPCI certification was a great opportunity for me since I was about to complete my Interventional Cardiology Fellowship In London, UK. Obtaining the European Certificate in Interventional Cardiology provides me with concrete evidence regarding my training which was not available before this new initiative. The EAPCI certification helps in the standardisation of the training in Interventional Cardiology and the accomplishment of skilled young Interventionists who can work in international catheterisation laboratories. Therefore, I feel that the EAPCI certification will help me gain more recognition among the Interventional Cardiology community."

 

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Mr. Theodoros Sinanis - Germany
"I have only three words: self-confidence, knowledge, professional recognition."

 

Certification programme description

EAPCI aims at developing a standardised certificate for interventional cardiologists practising in ESC member countries so as to ensure comparable requirements for EAPCI and 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:

  • Part A: theoretical knowledge based on PCR-EAPCI Textbook and ESC Guidelines.  
    This part consists of 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) based on a clinical stem, and with five options, and only single best answer. If the candidate fails to the exam, she/he will have to wait 11 months before taking up another exam.
  • Part B: practical skills assessment.

Upon successful completion of part A and part B, candidates will receive the full EAPCI Certification in Interventional Cardiology valid for five years.

IMPORTANT: Candidates having passed part A of the EAPCI Certification and successfully passed the 24 months ESC e-Learning in Interventional Cardiology programme will automatically receive part B of the EAPCI certification. Indeed, the “skills” module of the 24 months ESC e-Learning in Interventional Cardiology programme is recognised as a proof of the candidate’s practical experience in the field.

Part B will not be awarded to candidates enrolled in ESCeL and who will not complete the 24-months ESC e-Learning in Interventional Cardiology programme. 

How to prepare for the examination?

The EAPCI proposes to the candidates to use the following reading list or to take part in specialised courses:

The topics that will be covered by the exam are available here

Take your EAPCI Physicians' exam online - What you need to know

For the first time, EAPCI offers the possibility of taking the exam online. Here is everything you need to know in order to participate!

What is this new online format?

EAPCI 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:

  • offered everywhere in the world.
  • identical in content, format and on-screen experience to previous on-site exams delivered on tablets.
  • taken on your own device (computer or tablet) and monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®.

What equipment do I need?

You must verify that your computer meets the requirements before you register for the EAPCI Physicians exam. If this is not the case, you will not be able to take the exam. 

You will need:

  • a strong and stable internet connection
  • a webcam, speaker and microphone

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. 

How can I register to an online proctoring exam?

It is a two-step registration process

    • Start your registration with EAPCI
    • Complete your registration with ProctorU®
Start your registration with EAPCI

After having verified that your equipment meets the requirements, you can start your registration with EAPCI. 

You will need to complete a pre-exam questionnaire and pay the exam registration fee. 

When you finish, you'll receive an email from ESC with your invoice to confirm your payment.

Complete your registration with ProctorU®

Once you have registered with EAPCI and pay your exam fee, you will get an email with 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 you would like to take the exam. When you finish, you will receive a confirmation email. 

What can I expect on the exam day?

You can find more information about what to expect on the examination day below and also on ProctorU® website.

Before the exam session begins
  • Fix any issues you may encounter on your computer. All issues must be resolved before your appointment time.
  • Close all browsers and applications not needed for the exam. 
  • Gather the documents you will need to identify you (passport, ID document with photo).
  • Make sure your exam environment meets the requirements:
    • your room is quiet and well lit.
    • your are alone in the room.
    • your workspace is clear from all materials and unauthorised supports.
    • there are no sounds from music or television around. 
  • Make sure you are dressed appropriately, with your face visible to the proctor.
Check-in and identification process
  • Log in to your ProctorU® account at your appointment time.
  • Complete the authentication steps, which include showing your ID to the proctor. The name on your ID must match the name provided during the registration process.
  • Follow the proctor instructions. You will have to:
    • Give access permission to your computer screen for monitoring purposes.
    • Use your camera to show a 360-degree view of your room. 
  • If everything goes well, the proctor will let you start your exam.

The check-in and identification process can take approximately 5 to 10 minutes. 

During the exam

Your entire exam will be recorded by ProctorU® and monitored by a human proctor. 

  • During the exam, the proctor will monitor you (via the camera) and your computer screen to ensure you follow all exam procedures.
  • You must be visible to the proctor at anytime of the exam session. No breaks are allowed.
  • You can interact with the proctor by speaking to him/her or using the chat option.
  • You are not allowed to take notes on paper during the examination. 

The exam policies are:

  • Don't use any unauthorized materials, including mobile devices, prewritten notes or books.
  • The use of any recording equipment is strictly prohibited.
  • Don't communicate with anyone other than the proctor.
  • Speaking aloud during the exam is strictly prohibited. 
  • You cannot be out of camera view. No breaks are allowed during the whole duration of the exam. 
  • Taking pictures, screenshots or trying to copy/paste any element of the exam content is strictly prohibited. 
  • You must behave in an appropriate manner. Any conduct that the proctor may deem vulgar, offensive, pornographic, obscene, abusive or criminal are strictly prohibited.  

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 I have technical issues?

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. 

Eligibility requirements

  • EAPCI Member. If you are not a member, join now for free.
  • Doctors with national board certification in cardiology or doctors during cardiology specialist training (fellows) as confirmed by their training director (letter of confirmation).
  • Please note that candidates cannot resit the exam in the same calendar year

Practical information

  • Examination sessions are usually held twice a year
  • Candidates will receive exam results within eight weeks of taking the exam.
  • Upon successful completion of the theoretical exam, candidates will receive an EAPCI certificate stating that candidates 'have passed the theoretical examination of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions, a branch of the ESC', valid for five years. After five years, a recertification exam could be considered.

Exam registration information

Registration fees

 

Register

 

Fee types Online fees
EAPCI Regular Member Early fee

€660 (VAT included)

from opening to 30/10/2020

EAPCI Regular Member Late fee

€750 (VAT included) 

from 31/10/2020 to 03/12/2020

EAPCI Regular Member Early fee (Exam only)*

€540 (VAT included)

from opening to 30/10/2020

EAPCI Regular Member Late fee (Exam only)*  

€594 (VAT included) 

from 31/10/2020 to 03/12/2020

Fees do not include transport & accommodation.

*These fees are only available to candidates who have been or are enrolled in the ESC e-Learning in Interventional Cardiology programme and would like to achieve part A of the EAPCI certification programme. 

Please note that candidates cannot resit the exam in the same calendar year. 

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. 

If you sat this exam less than six months ago we highly encourage you to wait for your results before registering. 

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 six weeks before the exam takes place: 50% refund

From six to four weeks: 50% refund

From four 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. 

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. Questions may contain text only or have a combination of text and still images or movies. 

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

Examination results

Results of the examination will be sent to the email address registered on your 'My ESC' 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. They are then all reviewed again by the Certification 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 certificate stating that candidates 'have passed the theoretical examination of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions, a branch of the ESC', valid for five years. 

EAPCI - Physicians - List of certified Part A

Appealing the exam

Candidates who have comments or concerns about an Examination question should contact the ESC by 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.

  • 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 four 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

Once candidates have passed the exam (part A), they must prove their practical experience in the field. The access to the e-logbook platform (part B) is granted to the candidate only after having successfully passed the written exam. 

When enrolling on the e-logbook platform, candidates have to:

  • Declare their training centre along with the name of 2 different individuals responsible for training of the candidate: one identified as the Mentor and the other being Department director/Supervisor who are both responsible for the training of the candidate.

Note 1: In case the Mentor is also the Director of the department, a different colleague should be appointed as the official Mentor.

Note 2: If the candidate is expected to rotate on an external training centre to be exposed to specific procedures, this institution may appoint a local mentor and issue to the attention of the appointed individuals in charge of the candidates’ training in the declared training centre, a report specifically mentioning the “Level of competence translating into interventional cardiology skills” acquired specifically in this institution. This information will then be entered into the online platform by the appointed individuals in charge of the candidates’ training

Note 3: All individuals involved must be EAPCI Members

  • Upload a short hand-signed CV

Once done, the appointed Mentor and the Department director/supervisor will be requested to log on the platform and:

  • Upload a short hand-signed CV
  • Submit generic information on the training centre of the candidate
  • Confirm their agreement and commitment to support and train the candidate.

Experience should be gathered within a period of 24 consecutive months: these 24 months can be taken anytime from two years before up to two years after the exam date. 

Candidates must submit their logbook on a quarterly basis through the e-logbook platform for validation by the Mentor and the Department Director/Supervisor at the end of the training period (and at the latest 24 months after the exam date).
However, all trimesters can be submitted at once in the event that cases were collected within the 24 months before the certification exam’s date.

Access is granted only after having successfully passed the written exam. In addition, the candidate is expected to submit a proof of:

  • Attendance to at least one EAPCI official congress (PCR or other endorsed EAPCI course) over the 24 consecutive months of training
  • Publication of at least one manuscript related to interventional cardiology in the Eurointervention Journal (or in any other equivalent peer-review journal) and/or of submission of one abstract at the EAPCI official congress (EuroPCR or PCR Valves)

The logbook of procedures, as well as the level of competencies reached by the candidate in relation to interventional cardiology skills as described in the EAPCI Core Curriculum, will be reviewed and assessed by the Mentor and the Department Director/Supervisor.

 

Upon successful completion of the logbook process, candidates will receive the full EAPCI Certification in Interventional Cardiology valid for five years.