The next EAPCI physicians exam: take it from anywhere!
There's no need to travel anymore. Take your exam online, from your computer, at your home.
The next exam is scheduled to take place on 16 December 2022.
Registration opens 3 months before the exam date.
The examination is designed to be completed in three hours with no break.
You will be able to start your three-hour exam at any time 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 in 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.
Lists of successful candidates (part A only and part A + part B)
Please note that the lists are updated on a quarterly basis. The last update has been done on 10 June 2022.
Congratulations to all of them!
Certification programme description
The EAPCI aims to develop 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 of Percutaneous Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine and ESC Guidelines.
This part consists of 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) based on a clinical stem, and with five options, and only a single best answer. If the candidate fails 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 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
There is not a limited or exclusive list of appropriate sources of knowledge for the exam. Trainees are encouraged to read widely and use the wide variety of available resources.
The EAPCI proposes to the candidates to use the following reading list or to take part in specialised courses:
- PCR-EAPCI Textbook of Percutaneous Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine
- ESC Guidelines
- EAPCI Core Curriculum
In addition, the EAPCI proposes two sample questions to give candidates an idea of what to expect.
The topics that will be covered by the exam are available here.
Webinar series on the EAPCI Core Curriculum
The EAPCI is delivering a series of 6 webinars on the EAPCI Core Curriculum which aims to prepare participants for the EAPCI Interventional Cardiology certification exam.
Register by clicking on the links below:
- On 13 April 2022: Invasive diagnostic assessment of coronary artery disease - IC Core Curriculum 1
- On 4 May 2022: Structural heart interventions in aortic valvular disease - IC Core Curriculum 2
- On 8 June 2022: Peripheral percutaneous interventions - IC Core Curriculum 3
- On 14 September 2022: Devices and tools in percutaneous coronary interventions - IC Core Curriculum 4
- On 5 October 2022: Percutaneous interventions for stroke prevention and congenital heart disease - IC Core Curriculum 5
- On 9 November 2022: Percutaneous interventions in patients with coronary artery disease and specific clinical conditions - IC Core Curriculum 6
Taking the EAPCI physicians exam online - what you need to know
What is this online format?
The 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) 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 for an online proctoring exam?
It is a two-step registration process
- Start your registration with the EAPCI
- Complete your registration with ProctorU®
Start your registration with the EAPCI
After having verified that your equipment meets the requirements, you can start your registration with the 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 the ESC with your invoice to confirm your payment.
Complete your registration with ProctorU®
Once you have registered with the EAPCI and paid 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 the 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.
- you 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 have 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 any time 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 is 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.
What if I have technical issues?
If you experience a technical problem during the test, notify the proctor by speaking to him/her or via 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.
To register for the EAPCI Interventional Cardiology Certification exam, you must be:
- an EAPCI Member. If you are not a member, join now for free, and
- a doctor with national board certification in cardiology, or a doctor in cardiology specialist training (fellow) as confirmed by your training director (letter of confirmation is required).
- 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
In order to respect exam 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.
Registration for all ESC administered exams closes 15 days prior to the examination with no exceptions.
However, registration may close earlier when the exam capacity is reached.
(included 20% VAT)
|Late fee (from 3 November)|
|EAPCI Regular Member early fee||€660||€750|
|EAPCI Regular Member Reduce early fee*||€528||€600|
EAPCI Regular Member resit **
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*These fees are only available to candidates who have successfully completed the ESC e-Learning in Interventional Cardiology programme (now closed) and would like to achieve part A of the EAPCI certification programme. Please note that the candidate's eligibility will be checked. Registration will automatically be cancelled and refunded for any candidates who are not eligible.
**Please note that the resit fee is reserved only for candidates who have sat and failed the exam in the past and cannot be used by candidates under any other circumstances.
If you sat this exam less than six months ago we highly encourage you to wait for your results before registering.
Please note that healthcare companies or third-party agencies cannot use a delegate’s “My ESC account” or create a delegate “My ESC account” for registering their delegates. This is Individual Registration only.
The candidate confirms that this is their own registration/purchase as an individual, and that the billing address is correct. The candidate understands that after payment has been made, changes in the invoice details will not be possible.
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 the 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.
If you are a candidate and have to cancel your 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, the EAPCI is not liable for any cost incurred by the cancellation of accommodation and travel arrangements.
Detailed certification process
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 receives one mark. There is no negative marking and a wrong answer receives 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.
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.
Appealing the exam
Candidates who have comments or concerns about an Examination question should contact the ESC via the Contact Us form. 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, via the 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 a fee refund or damages.
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. 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 two different individuals responsible for the 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 to 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 to 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 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 proof of:
- Attendance to at least one of EAPCI Congresses during 24 months of interventional cardiology training
- Publication of at least one interventional cardiology manuscript in any peer-review journal and/or abstract presentation at one of EAPCI/ESC Congresses
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.