Certificate in Physiological Measurement (CPM)

The aim of this programme is to ensure there is an agreed standard of practical training and competency for all those training to be a Cardiac Physiology Technician in New Zealand.

The Certificate in Physiological Measurement (CPM) is a one-year course. The programme standards and overAmbulatorysight are directed by the Society of Cardiopulmonary Technology (SCT) as the national body representing the profession. You must be employed in a technical capacity to be eligible to enrol in the course i.e. your job title and description should reflect you are in training to be a Cardiac Physiology Technician. The job title may be Trainee or Provisional Cardiac Physiology Technician.

Registration is required while training and conditions on the practicing certificate will be placed i.e. supervised practice – under supervised professional development. Registration is held with the Clinical Physiologists Registration Board (CPRB) www.cprb.org.nz.

Qualification as a Cardiac Physiology Technician requires attainment of CPM (SCT) and 1 year’s full time equivalent employment as a Provisional or Training Cardiac Physiology Technician.  At this point, after application to the CPRB, the conditions to practice will be removed from the practicing certificate.

Trainee entry requirements:

Trainees must meet the following criteria to be allowed entry into the programme:

  • Must be employed in an SCT accredited training hospital / department.
  • Must have an SCT approved supervisor who is registered as a Cardiac Physiology Technician or Cardiac Physiologist with a current practicing certificate.
  • Must be employed with a job title and description that reflects that the person is training to be a Cardiac Physiology Technician.
  • Must be working greater than or equal to 0.8 FTE.
  • Must be enrolled in the CPM programme.
  • Must be a financial member of SCT.
  • Must be registered with CPRB as Cardiac Physiology Technician.

Certificate in Physiological Measurement (CPM)

CPM is a one-year course which is completed during your first year of working and training as a cardiac / physiology technician. It includes the following theory and practical modules:

  • Working in the hospital
  • Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology
  • Electrocardiography (practical)
  • ECG Interpretation
  • Ambulatory monitoring: Holter, event and blood pressure monitor fitting and removal (practical)
  • Exercise tolerance testing (practical)
  • Cardiac abnormalities and diseases

More detail is provided under course structure.

Enrolment Process

Download and print the CPM and CCP Application Form.

Fill in the required information then scan and email the form as directed.

You are required to have a training supervisor who is qualified and registered with the Clinical Physiologists Registration Board (CPRB).

Once your application has been reviewed an invoice will be emailed to you.

When the course fees are paid, login details will be sent which enable access to the online learning site.

Enrolment should be completed and fees paid as soon as possible after starting work to get the most benefit from the course.


Please see the application form for the fee structure.

Do not pay your fee until your application is accepted.

When to Start

The course may be started at any time throughout the year.

Trainees can work at their own pace and are able to repeat sections if needed.

There are no set dates for when sections have to be completed although a guide for completion is provided.

The course should be started as soon as employment is commenced.

Delivery Method

Due to the online delivery method, paper copies of the course content are not supplied.

The course may be accessed from any computer, tablet or smart phone that has internet access.

Training Material

The course material includes: an introduction, objectives, recommended reading, notes, videos, practical assignments, work experience records, trainer checklists, competency assessments, tests and a final exam.

There are no longer written assignments that are due in each month. These have been replaced by open book tests that provide instant marking and feedback.

There is no block weekend for the course although the need for this will be reviewed.

If any of the procedures in the course are not performed in the hospital, the practical component may be omitted but the theory component should still be completed. This will be reflected on the course completion certificate so that future employers can check which practical components have been done.

Final Exam

The final exam will cover the content from the entire course objectives and may be sat after completion of all of the course requirements.

Course Completion

A completion certificate will be issued by SCT once the course requirements have been achieved, the final exam is passed and one year of relevant, full time equivalent, work experience is attained.

Questions and Feedback

Any questions can be directed to the course administrators using the question and answer section of the online learning site or by emailing: education.sct@gmail.com

This is completely new content, format and learning system and therefore we welcome any feedback to improve the course.

Course Structure

CPM and CCP year 1 are composed of seven modules which are divided into sections as per the following document:-

CPM and CCP Course Structure