Frequently Asked Questions - Certifications

No. You may submit the certification application and supporting documentation for certification at any time. However, it is recommended that you complete the examination application first.

Yes. You should immediately notify NBE of all address and/or email changes in order to receive your Scheduling Permit or other important correspondence from NBE. You may notify NBE by logging into your account on www.echoboards.org, send an email to info@echoboards.org or call the NBE headquarters (833) 270-1444.

The title of "Testamur" is designated for successfully passing the Examination of Special Competence. This designation was chosen since applicants were not requested to supply information regarding successful completion of training dedicated to the study of Cardiovascular Disease nor completion of special training in echocardiography. Physicians who are certified in Echocardiography have provided documentation of their education and level of service, and satisfy the other requirements set by the NBE in addition to passing the examination. The title of "Diplomate" is designated for physicians who are certified in echocardiography and certification is valid for ten (10) years from the year that the Examination of Special Competence was passed.

Due to the many advances that occur in any field during the span of a decade, the NBE has always recognized that a set of criteria to define special competence (certification/testamur status) would likely be valid for only 10 years. Therefore, recertification is recommended to demonstrate continued mastery of the knowledge base of echocardiography as well as familiarity with the techniques and applications that have appeared during the ten year period since taking the original examination. In addition to a recertification examination this includes evidence of continued clinical activity and post graduate medical education in echocardiography.

No. The requirements for Recertification are different from the requirements for initial certification. Testamurs would have to meet the requirements for initial certification which are detailed in the ASCeXAM Certification Handbook. You can however apply for initial certification and recertification at the same time assuming you have passed the recertification examination.

No. The requirements for Recertification are different from the requirements for initial certification. Testamurs would have to meet the requirements for initial Certification which are detailed in the Board Certification Application for the Advanced PTEeXAM. You can however apply for initial certification and recertification at the same time assuming you have passed the recertification examination

Individuals who passed the ASCeXAM or PTEeXAM are eligible to take the ReASCE or RePTE in their 9th (early), 10th (on-time) and 11th (grace) year surrounding their examination expiration date.

For 2019 Recertification Examination Eligibility:

Individuals who are eligible to take their recertification examination in 2019 should have passed the ASCeXAM or Advanced PTEeXAM in years 2000-2010. If you passed the ASCeXAM or Advanced PTEeXAM prior to year 2000 your status has lapsed and you will NOT be eligible for the recertification examinations but in stead will need to take the initial examination again.

Since Certification is dependent on passing the Examination of Special Competence or the Recertification Examination, applications for Certification are reviewed after the examination has been satisfactorily completed. You should receive notification of the decision of the Certification Committee within a year.

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