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The EHRA exam in Electrophysiology tests knowledge, experience, clinical expertise and proficiency of physicians specialising in the treatment of patients suffering from cardiac arrhythmias. Together with the EHRA logbook of interventional procedures/operations performed under the supervision of senior colleagues, it provides the basis for the EHRA certification exam in Electrophysiology.
The 2019 EHRA EP exam has been delivered in Lisbon in conjunction with EHRA Congress.
Registration is closed.
To encourage a high standard of knowledge and clinical expertise and to enable physicians to provide their patients with the best and most advanced standard of treatment, we envisage a successful EHRA certification process to serve as a sign of excellence for the physician. To achieve and maintain the quality level of the exam we focus our efforts on improving the number, content, layout, and statistical power of the questions.
We strongly recommend physicians who wish to go through the EHRA certification process to acquire knowledge and clinical experience before attending the exam.
A short questionnaire asking for details of the candidates’ clinical background will be part of the registration process for the exam.
2019 EHRA EP Certification exam has been held in Lisbon, Portugal, during EHRA Congress on 16 March 2019.
Centro de Congressos de LisboaPraça de Indústrias1300-307 Lisbon, PT
Check-in candidates: 7:30am - 8:45amInstruction to candidates: 8:45am - 9:00amExam: 9:00am - 4:00pm (45mn lunch break).
*EHRA reserves the right to modify this schedule if required. We strongly recommend candidates to plan return late flights.
Please review the Terms and Conditions
Due to the 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.
Registration for all ESC administered exams closes ten days before the examination with no exceptions.However, registration may close earlier when the exam room capacity is reached.
*To benefit from member fees you must be a validated member before registering for the exam. This fee is only available for Silver, Ivory and Gold members.
**Please note that the resit fee is reserved just for candidates who have sat and failed the exam in the past and cannot be used by candidates under any other circumstances
Please note that:
If you wish to cancel your registration to the Certification exam, you must contact us. The EHRA cancellation policy is as detailed below:
In the case of unforeseen circumstances (such as a death in the family, on-call at the hospital, accident involving the candidate), a proof document will be required, and you will be refunded the entire registration fee.If EHRA is to cancel the exam, the full registration fee will be refunded. However, EHRA is not liable for any cost incurred by the cancellation of accommodation and travel arrangements.
Those interested in taking a certification exam will be asked, during the registration process, to provide:
To achieve certification as an EHRA certified electrophysiology specialist (ECES) candidate must complete the two levels:
*The requirements will change for candidates sitting the exam from 2014. Please see below.
The examination is designed to be completed in two consecutive parts three hours each, with a 60-minute lunch break.
EHRA reserves the right to modify the above schedule if required. If travelling after the exam, we strongly recommend candidates to plan for after exam late flights (not before 8:00 pm).
Participants are required to sign in at least 30 minutes before the start of the exam for check-in and to present:
After the exam participants will have to hand in all their exam material and sign out.
The questionnaire is compiled by the EHRA Certification Committee and consists of 130 multiple-choice questions. The statistical performance of each MCQ is analysed, and the 10 least discriminating MCQs are not taken into account. The candidates' final score is therefore derived from 120 MCQs only. The pass mark is pre-determined using a validated standard-setting process.
Questions are based on the analysis of practical clinical cases and decision making (60-80%), with the remaining dedicated to theoretical questions.
There is no appeal procedure after the examination. Exam results are sent by email two months after the exam is sat. Upon successful completion of the exam, candidates will receive an ECES Level 1 Certificate valid for ten years.
As skills can only be maintained by continued education and practical involvement, certification is granted for ten years. Afterwards, they can renew their certification by re-sitting the exam.
Once candidates have passed the exam (achieving Level 1), they can then apply for Level 2 by proving their practical experience in the field. The access to the e-logbook platform is granted to the candidate only after having successfully passed the written exam.
NEW: New regulations have been validated by the EHRA Certification committee. These are compulsory for all candidates sitting the electrophysiology (EP) exam from 2019 on and can be followed by those who have taken the exam in 2018.
The procedures must be performed within a period of 36 consecutive months - these 36 months can be taken anytime from two years before up to two years after the date of the exam:
You have to perform a minimum of 200 EP procedures with a significant amount of catheter manipulation and interpretation of the electrograms.
Diagnostic EP procedures, where no ablation is performed, can also be included in the total number of cases. However, a diagnostic EP study conducted in the context of ablation cannot be included in the logbook as a separate procedure.
EP procedures must include at least the minimum number from each of the ablation categories listed below:
The following items have to be performed within a period of 24 consecutive months - these 24 months can be taken anytime from two years before up to two years after the date of the exam:
As security, candidates must keep a copy of their logbook.
A grader from the EHRA certification committee will grade the logbook. The review process should take around two months. The final results are sent by email.
Upon successful completion of the logbook process, candidates will receive an ECDS Level 2 Certificate valid for ten years.
EHRA offers the possibility to follow educational courses. Attending the courses may also enable participants to get further knowledge to sit and pass the certification examination.
Topic distribution of the examination questions
Suggested reading list
Download a copy of the Core Curriculum.
Download the EP Samples MCQs.
For any information on the EHRA Certification examinations, please contact us.
The EHRA certification is valid for ten years.
Find below the list of professionals who are certified by EHRA in electrophysiology. Discover who they are and where they come from.
List of EHRA certified electrophysiology specialist (ECES)
EHRA EP Certification FAQ
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