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 CCI Announces Strategic Collaboration with IBHRE (10/15/2020) 
   

Cardiovascular Credentialing International partners with the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners to establish the Electrophysiology Professional Continuum



October 13, 2020, Raleigh, NC - Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) is proud to announce a partnership with the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE) to promote credentialing and the electrophysiology professional continuum from entry level through advanced practice. These two organizations entered into a memorandum of understanding in February 2020 with a commitment to increase the awareness and resources for practitioners who specialize in electrophysiology and cardiac device therapy. The three-year partnership will include joint marketing, collaboration, and cooperation at one another’s event appearances, messaging platforms, website, and presentations.

"This MOU is a major step in IBHRE's effort to broaden its reach among allied professionals in the of field of heart rhythm management," said Charles Love, MD, FACC, FHRS, FAHA, CCDS, IBHRE president and director of Cardiac Rhythm Device Services at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “The CCI partnership will allow IBHRE to inform EP professionals—from entry level to advanced—on how to validate their professional knowledge through certification."

Outlining how to begin an EP career, whether as member of the clinical staff, an educator, an industry representative, or in business development, will allow individuals to see the possibilities for career advancement. CCI’s two invasive certification programs:  the Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES) and the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) require formal education and/or work experience in order to earn these designations. As an individual progresses towards a more advanced level in their career, they can qualify to earn an IBHRE certifications.

CCI President Gail Size, BS, RPhS, RVS, RVT, FSVU, says,"We are extremely excited about our strategic collaboration with the IBHRE to communicate the value of certification and outlining the professional continuum for EP professionals. This collaboration will also serve to promote the vital role that credentialed EP professionals play in the delivery of quality patient care received from qualified professionals."

About CCI:  Since 1968, Cardiovascular Credentialing International has administered credentialing examinations to cardiovascular professionals, including nurses, allied health professionals and technologists. CCI’s credentialing programs demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills necessary for various cardiovascular specialties. Currently over 26,000 individuals are credentialed across CCI’s nine certification programs. CCI is governed by a Board of Trustees and is advised by a Board of Advisors. CCI’s Board of Advisors members represent each cardiovascular specialty field for which the corporation has a registry-level credential. Learn more at www.cci-online.org/EPcertification.   

About IBHRE:

Since 1985, IBHRE has set the standard for global certification in heart rhythm management and recognizes cardiac care professionals who are skilled in this unique specialty.  The global credentialing board is a self-governing organization that provides competency certification in the fields of cardiac rhythm device therapy, cardiac electrophysiology, and cardiac device remote monitoring. Certification exams are developed and administered to assess the scientific foundation, clinical skills, and technical knowledge practitioners and industry experts require to provide safe quality patient care in the management of arrhythmias.

By earning IBHRE certification, heart rhythm professionals have demonstrated professional excellence in their field.  These professionals make up more than 10,000 physicians and allied professionals worldwide who have earned one or more of the following credentials:

  • Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS)
  • Certified Cardiac Device Specialist – Japan Device Representative (CCDS-JDR)
  • Certified Electrophysiology Specialist (CEPS)
  • Certified Electrophysiology Specialist – Adult (CEPS-A)
  • Certified Electrophysiology Specialist – Pediatric (CEPS-P)
  • Cardiac Device Remote Monitoring Specialist (CDRMS)

Learn more about IBHRE’s certification programs at IBHRE.orgIf you would like more information about this topic please contact CCI Director of Communications, Cresta Archuletta, at (919) 861-4539 or carchuletta@cci-online.org.            

                                                                                      


 CCI Press Release: CCI Executive Director, Jerel Noel, CAE, to AENC Presidency (9/2/2020) 
   

CCI Executive Director, Jerel Noel, CAE, to Assume Presidency of Association Executives of North Carolina

Raleigh, NC, August 21, 2020 - Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) is proud to announce Executive Director Jerel Noel, CAE, has been elected as the next President of the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC). His term with the 65-year-old organization will begin September 1, 2020. 

Noel will serve a one-year term ending in August 2021. AENC is a professional society promoting professional development and networking among association management professionals in North Carolina. Members include CEOs and staff from associations across North Carolina, as well as representatives from the association service and hospitality industries.

Noel will be the first African American association executive to serve as AENC president.

“It has always been an honor to serve AENC,” Noel said. “The opportunities and experiences that AENC have provided have shaped my personal and professional life. I look forward to working with our dedicated board, staff, and the AENC membership to move forward AENC’s mission to help our members succeed.”

Noel, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama, is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) administered by the American Society of Association Executives. He joined the staff of Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as Associate Executive Director/Director of Examinations in 2008 and moved to Executive Director in 2014. CCI supports the professional triad (professional societies and associations, personnel credentialing, and educational programs) by providing high-quality, competency-based examinations in cardiovascular technology. CCI also serves emerging cardiovascular medical professionals.

CCI President Gail P. Size, BS, RPhS, RVS, RVT, FSVU, praises Jerel’s leadership: “Jerel is passionate about making a difference, always embracing challenges with an open mind and heart. We congratulate Jerel on his latest achievement and know he will advance the AENC with his expertise, kindness, and incredible leadership talent.”                                                                                                                  

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About CCI:  CCI is a not-for-profit corporation established for the purpose of administering credentialing examinations as an independent credentialing agency. CCI began credentialing cardiovascular professionals in 1968. Currently over 26,000 individuals are credentialed across CCI’s nine certification programs. CCI is governed by a Board of Trustees and is advised by a Board of Advisors. CCI’s Board of Advisors members represent each cardiovascular specialty field for which the corporation has a registry-level credential.


 COVID-19 Updates - June 4, 2020 (6/4/2020) 
   

Updated:  June 4, 2020

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact many communities, Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation based on the advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)

Test Administration

Preserving the pipeline of cardiovascular professionals during this pandemic is essential and vital to the public health. Therefore, CCI’s testing administrator, Pearson VUE, has re-opened a limited number of test centers to deliver exams to candidates who are essential medical service providers. CCI testing is available at a limited number of U.S. and Canada-based Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs).

Please go to the PearsonVUE website for important and frequent updates. 

Scheduling with Pearson VUE

You may schedule your appointment online at: http://www.pearsontesting.com/cci. It is recommended that you schedule your appointment as soon as you receive your Authorization to Test (ATT) as availability is based upon (or determined by) each testing location. After scheduling your appointment, a Pearson VUE confirmation email will be sent to you confirming your scheduled appointment date, time, and test center location. Your appointment date must be within the ATT eligibility dates.

Test Center Availability

Keep in mind that Pearson VUE is taking many precautions, including additional distancing measures, which may limit test center availability. Please note that only test centers that are open will appear during the scheduling process. You may find less availability than usual. Tip:  Search for alternate testing dates or for test centers further away from your zip code. 

Pearson VUE Health and Safety Measures

Per the recommendations from global health organizations, Pearson VUE has implemented, or is in the process of implementing, additional distancing measures within all Pearson VUE-owned testing centers.

Face masks are now required while testing at Pearson VUE-owned test centers.

Click here to view all Pearson VUE health and safety measures.

Exam Candidates with Authorizations to Test (ATT) not yet scheduled

Follow the instructions in your ATT to schedule your exam. If your eligibility window will expire before you can get a test date, submit an ATT Extension Request through your CCI online profile. Detailed instructions on how to submit an extension request can also be found in the ATT letter.

Exam Applicants Not Yet Approved

CCI is accepting the submission of examination applications, supporting documentation, and examination fees. Once a complete application has been reviewed and approved, individuals will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) via email. Carefully review all information detailed in the Authorization to Test letter. Be sure to read the CCI Applicant Handbook for all processes and procedures.

Cancellations and Extension Requests

There may be instances where test appointments need to be cancelled or rescheduled.

If this happens, you have two options: 

1.  You can reschedule for a later date through Pearson VUE.

2.  Or you can extend your Authorization to Test window. To extend your authorization to test visit www.cci-online.org and log in to your CCI online profile and under MY ACCOUNT select ATT EXTENSION REQUEST. From there you will see your exam. Be sure to select the “Request Extension to Sit for Exam”. To receive an extension, you cannot have a scheduled appointment with Pearson. To cancel a scheduled appointment, you must contact Pearson VUE at least working days in advance of your appointment. You will receive an email confirming your appointment change.

If you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, such as fever and/or respiratory difficulties, on the day of the exam:  Do not sit for your exam. If you miss your appointment due to illness, please review the absentee policy in the CCI handbook for emergency circumstances, which includes information about requesting an extension or cancellation (with refund). 

If you have any questions or need help: For any CCI candidate that is unable to take a CCI examination due to the spread of COVID-19 please contact us at +1 (919) 861-4539 or applicant_support@cci-online.org, and a member of CCI’s Applicant Services team will walk you through your options so you can decide what works best for you. 


Updated:  April 2, 2020 

Updated:  April 2, 2020 


 CCI Celebrates National Volunteer Week (5/8/2020) 
   
Thank you to all of CCI's dedicated volunteers! In honor of the 2020 National Volunteer Week, we recognize several of CCI's dedicated volunteers! Read about them below.

If you would like to be part of a growing list of credentialed cardiovascular professionals who volunteer with CCI, please complete our online form here. With your involvement and expertise, you will be a vital asset to CCI in fulfilling its mission to provide recognized high quality, competency-based examinations. 
 
  CCI is proud to introduce Elizabeth F. McIlwain, MHS, ACS, RCS, FASE, as the new Chair of the RCS (Registered Cardiac Sonographer) examination writing committee. As the RCS Chair, Elizabeth will be responsible for the overall effectiveness of the RCS Exam Committee, leading and working alongside her fellow subject matter experts (SMEs), as they do their part to ensure the quality and relevance of CCI RCS credentialing examination.
  
As an Exam Chair, Elizabeth also serves on the CCI Board of Trustees, as the voice of the RCS examination writing committee, where she attends annual board meetings and conference calls to provide reports on the goals, objectives, activities, and accomplishments of the RCS Exam Committee.
  
Elizabeth works at West Jefferson Medical Center/LCMC Health in Marrero, Louisiana as an Operations Coordinator for Cardiology Services. She is also an instructor in the Cardiopulmonary Science Program at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School in New Orleans, Louisiana where she teaches in the cardiovascular ultrasound program.
  
We know that Elizabeth will bring the same passion and dedication to her tenure as the RCS Exam Chair, as she has already contributed during her years of service as an active and engaged member of the RCS Exam Committee.
CCI is proud to introduce Kathy Hellums, BS, RCS, RVS, as the new Chair of the CCT (Certified Cardiographic Technician) and the CRAT (Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician) examination writing committees. Over the course of Kathy’s first 3-year term, she will be responsible for the overall effectiveness of the CCT and CRAT Exam Committees, working to lead her fellow subject matter experts (SMEs) during the writing, review, and updating of the exam content.
  
Kathy is also serving as a member of CCI’s Board of Trustees attending annual Board meetings and regular conference calls, participating as the voice of the CCT and CRAT exam committees. She will provide annual reports on the goals, objectives, activities and accomplishments of the exam committees to the Board of Trustees.
  
Currently Kathy works as a Cardiovascular Sonographer at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri. She also volunteers her time with ABHES (Accreditation Bureau for Health Education Schools) as a Peer Evaluator during the accreditation process for echo, vascular, and ultrasound programs in the United States. Kathy is a contributing author to the textbook Electrocardiography for Healthcare Professionals and has worked in the healthcare profession for over 20 years.
  
We are excited to have Kathy bring her knowledge and experience to lead the Certificate Level Exams Chair, as she has been a contributing and dedicated member of the CCT Exam Committee for several years.



RCS Exam Committee member, Paige Wallachy BS, RCS, says “It’s been an incredible experience volunteering for CCI and being surrounded by some of the best sonographers in the country. I love the relationships I’ve built and the fact that I can call on them when I need help. I’m so thankful to be part of setting the standard for our graduating professionals!” Paige works as a Cardiac Sonographer at Oregon Health and Sciences University in beautiful Portland, Oregon.  
RPhS Exam Committee member Donna Kelly, RPhS, RVT, RDMS, says, “Volunteering with CCI has been a perfect addition to my ultrasound career. It allows me to step out of my daily routine as a sonographer to interact with other like-minded volunteers.  With each meeting I get to work toward making the vascular community stronger, learn new things from my fellow volunteers, and create friendships and connections that I will enjoy for many years to come.” Donna is the Technical Director at Middlesex Surgical Associates, Beth Israel Lahey Health, in Winchester, Massachusetts.
RCIS Exam Committee member Tom Michnowski, CRAT, RCIS says, “With the ever-changing atmosphere of the Cardiac Cath Lab, I truly admire the passion that CCI volunteers bring to the table each and every exam committee meeting. I enjoy working side by side with some of the brightest technologists in the industry. The committee members discuss new technology they are using and the many different ways that procedures are done at their facilities, it is amazing to learn from one another.  When I voice my thoughts, I am treated with respect by everyone, which shows that they truly care. The best part about volunteering with CCI is getting everyone together to work on test questions with CCI’s goals as the driving force.” Tom works in the Cardiac Cath Lab at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Mary’s campus, in Rochester, Minnesota. Tom is also the Clinical Coordinator for the Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program through the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. 
RVS Exam Committee member Troy Russo, RVS, RVT, RDCS, RDMS, says, “It has been an honor to work with CCI as a vascular ultrasound subject matter expert (SME). From the first time I volunteered, CCI showed that they have an unrelenting desire to maintain the best credentialing examinations possible. This shows in everything that CCI’s board members and volunteers do. Every RVS exam committee meeting I attend, I feel like I am with family members. The work (it never feels like work) that I do with them has enhanced my own knowledge and experience. I love working with my fellow committee members and even though I’m volunteering, I feel like I owe them a thank you. Thank you!” Troy works as a Cardiology/Vascular Supervisor at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Flushing, New York and as a Vascular Technologist/Echocardiographer at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Queens, New York. 
CCI Board of Advisors member Sheryl Goss, MS, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVS, RVT, FSDMS, says "I have been blessed across my career by so many talented people. Volunteering with professional organizations is a way to give back to the profession, to advocate for high quality patient care and accuracy in sonographic examinations. Being a volunteer with CCI provides opportunity to promote credentialing in cardiovascular sonography, which is essential component of demonstrating the sonographer's competency and confidence in performing examinations. CCI personnel and volunteers are passionate professionals that provide opportunity to network and values discussions that impact the profession. There is always some time for fun and conversation. It is truly rewarding to volunteer with CCI." 
  
Sheryl is the Department Chair, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania.
 
 



CCI Board of Advisors member Sheryl Goss, MS, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVS, RVT, FSDMS, says "I have been blessed across my career by so many talented people. Volunteering with professional organizations is a way to give back to the profession, to advocate for high quality patient care and accuracy in sonographic examinations. Being a volunteer with CCI provides opportunity to promote credentialing in cardiovascular sonography, which is essential component of demonstrating the sonographer's competency and confidence in performing examinations. CCI personnel and volunteers are passionate professionals that provide opportunity to network and values discussions that impact the profession. There is always some time for fun and conversation. It is truly rewarding to volunteer with CCI."


 COVID-19 Updates - April 2, 2020 (4/2/2020) 
   

Updated:  April 2, 2020 

 

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact many communities, Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation based on the advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)

 

Test Administration

CCI’s testing administrator, Pearson VUE has temporarily closed their U.S. and Canada-based Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) until April 16, or whenever conditions are deemed safe to re-open. Test delivery is also suspended at other sites outside of North America.

 

Pearson VUE is providing frequent updates on their website

 

CCI Examination Applicants Not Yet Approved

CCI is accepting the submission of examination applications, supporting documentation, and examination fees. Once an applicant has completed the approval process, individuals will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) when Pearson VUE test centers have reopened.

 

CCI Examination Candidates with Authorizations to Test (ATT)

There may be instances where test appointments need to be cancelled or rescheduled.   


Current candidates that have scheduled examinations during the closing, will receive cancellation notifications, which will provide instructions for scheduling new appointments on or after April 16, 2020. 
  


If your exam is cancelled:  You will receive an email cancellation notification.  If this happens, you have two options: 

1.    You can reschedule for a later date through Pearson VUE.  

2.    Or you can extend your authorization to test window.  To extend your authorization to test visit www.cci-online.org and log in to your CCI online profile and under MY ACCOUNT select ATT EXTENSION REQUEST. From there you will see your exam. Be sure to select the “Request Extension to Sit for Exam”. To receive an extension, you cannot have a scheduled appointment with Pearson. 


If you already have a scheduled exam after April 16, 2020: 
Your exam appointment will proceed as scheduled unless you receive an email cancellation. 


If you need to schedule or reschedule an exam:  
Please note that only test centers that are open will appear during the scheduling process. You may find less availability than usual. Tip:  Try searching for alternate testing dates or for a test center further distance away. 


If you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, such as fever and/or respiratory difficulties, on the day of the exam:  
Do not sit for your exam. If you miss your appointment due to illness, please review the absentee policy for emergency circumstances, which includes information about requesting an extension or cancellation (with refund). 


If you have any questions or need help:  
For any CCI candidate that is unable to take a CCI examination due to the spread of COVID-19 please contact us at +1 919 861 4539 or applicant_support@cci-online.org, and a member of CCI’s Applicant Services team will walk you through your options so you can decide what works best for you.