CARDIOVASCULAR IMPLANTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE (CIED) CERTIFICATION
A new pathway for Physiologists who wish to sit the IBHRE examination.
Further Details Available in the FAQ Section Below
About the CIED Programme
Cardiac Physiologists who are training to perform independent pacemaker and ICD follow-up have historically had no structured pathway to achieve clinical competency. Competency may in some hospitals be considered achieved once the Physiologist has obtained the IBHRE qualification. IBHRE is an internationally recognized theory exam which is a good foundation to learning the basics of device management although it is far from the ideal standard on its own. There remains a significant gap in the training and development program for performing cardiac implantable device follow-up.
The CIED CERT will provide a nationally guided standard with which to adhere too. This will allow clearer recognition of skill and experience, enabling cardiac physiologists to work to the top of their scope of practice, while at the same time providing a framework with which to operate in and develop. The CIED CERT was developed with the endorsement of the Society of Cardiopulmonary Technology (SCT) and the Heart Rhythm Society of New Zealand.
How Does the Course Operate?
After completing the CCP training program the recently qualified cardiac physiologist can consolidate their experience and embed their skill, prior to embarking upon a career in CIED’s. - right.
They would enrol in the CIED CERT program and complete an academic program, whilst at the same time compile a portfolio of experience. This portfolio would consist of a logbook and completing an online case series embedded into the academic program.
At the conclusion of these sections the student cardiac physiologist would enrol in and complete the IBHRE exam.
The graphic below outlines the theoretical example of a timeline in which the CIED Certificate program could operate. A cardiac physiologist might enrol in June 2022 and then have eighteen months to complete the logbook, academic program, exam preparation, and then sit the IBHRE exam in 2024. When all the components have been completed the CIED CERT would be issued.
Logbook and Case Studies
A minimum of 800 CIED follow ups are required to complete the logbook which would be submitted electronically. These CIED follow ups would include pacemakers, ICD’s, CRT devices and remote follow up.
Along with the logbook, there is a series of case studies that can be worked through using the SCT eLearning management system. These are a broad range of complex clinical scenarios that help to develop a wide experience base with which to apply your knowledge.
SCT provides a modern eLearning environment in which the learner can negotiate their way through the CIED Certification process, with seven modules geared toward helping you on your CIED learning journey.