RCES: Electrophysiology Allied Professional Certification Examination

The Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES) examination is for professionals working in the area of electrophysiology. This computer based exam is administered at Pearson Professional Centers year-round based on availability at the test centers. To locate a test center click here.

The application fee for the RCES examination is $365 USD. All exam fees include a $100 USD non-refundable examination filing fee for the staff resources required to review and process applications. {CLICK HERE for Refund and Cancellation Policy}

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ ALL THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HERE BEFORE COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION.

Qualification Requirements

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a high school diploma or general education diploma at the time of application.
  2. Fulfill one (1) of the qualifications of the exam for which you are applying. See qualifications listed in the tables below.
  3. Provide typed documentation to support the qualification prerequisite under which you are applying. Required documentation for each qualification is listed below. CCI reserves the right to request additional information.
Qualification Prerequisite (All applicants must fulfill one of the following) Supporting Documentation

RCES1-2013

Two years of full-time or full-time equivalent work experience in diagnostic and interventional cardiac electrophysiology. (It is anticipated, but NOT required that the successful candidate will have participated in a minimum of 200 diagnostic/ interventional cardiac electrophysiology studies and 300 device implants at the time of application.)

It is recommended, but not a requirement, that the applicant have experience in the following areas:

  • Diagnostic/Interventional Studies
  • Advanced Mapping
  • Device Implants (pacemaker, ICD, and CRT)

RCES1-2013

Employment Verification Letter

RCES235-2013

A graduate of a diploma, associate, or baccalaureate academic program in health science (including, but not limited to, cardiovascular technology, ultrasound, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, or nursing)
AND
One year full-time work experience in electrophysiology

It is anticipated, but NOT required that the successful candidate will have participated in a minimum of 200 diagnostic/ interventional cardiac electrophysiology studies and 300 device implants at the time of application in their career which is defined as work experience and/or clinical experience gained during a formal educational program.

It is recommended, but not a requirement, that the applicant have experience in the following areas:

  • Diagnostic/Interventional Studies
  • Advanced Mapping
  • Device Implants (pacemaker, ICD and CRT)

RCES235-2013

Completion certificate and/or educational transcript
AND
Employment Verification Letter

One year work experience must occur after graduation from a health science program. Time spent in an externship that is part of a formal education program would not count towards the one year work experience requirement.

RCES5

A graduate of a NON-programmatically accredited program in electrophysiology which has a minimum of one year of specialty training and includes a minimum of 800 clinical hours in the specialty in which the examination is being requested.

IMPORTANT: If an individual’s clinical hours were completed after graduation or if the hours are not a requirement for their educational program, then those hours WOULD NOT count toward the 800-hour minimum under qualification RCES5. All clinical hours must be earned in a setting in which patients are being tested or medically treated.

RCES5

Completion certificate and/or educational transcript
AND
Student Verification Letter
AND
Clinical Experience Letter

Students applying to take examination prior to graduation will be required to submit this documentation

RCES4

Applicant must be a graduate of a programmatically accredited* program in electrophysiology.

RCES4

Completion certificate and/or educational transcript
AND
Student Verification Letter

Students applying to take examination prior to graduation will be required to submit this documentation

* An accredited program is accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), United States Department of Education (USDOE), or Canadian Medical Association (CMA) that specifically conducts programmatic accreditation for cardiovascular technology, diagnostic cardiac sonography, or vascular technology.

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