Certification of Cardiac Physiologists (CCP)

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The aim of this programme is to ensure that there is an agreed standard of practical training and competency for all those training to be a Cardiac Physiologist in New Zealand. The job title may be Trainee or Provisional Cardiac Physiologist.

The programme standards and oversight are directed by the Society of Cardiopulmonary Technology (SCT) as the national body representing the profession.

The programme is to be run in conjunction with the Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Technology, Cardiac option (University of Otago) (PGD MTEX). The first year of this programme is the Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Technology and the second year completes the Post Graduate Diploma.

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 Physiologist requires attainment of PGD MTEX (Cardiac), CCP (SCT) and 2 years full time equivalent employment as a Provisional or Training Cardiac Physiologist. 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 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 Physiologist.
  • Must be working greater than or equal to 0.8 FTE. and achieve 2 years Full-Time-Equivalent work experience.
  • Must be enrolled in the Post Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Technology programme. If the trainee has attained the PG MTEX Certificate prior to employment in the field, it is recommended they attain a full year of work experience prior to enrolling in the second year of the MTEX programme, as the second year of the programme requires knowledge of more advanced clinical procedures.
  • Must be a financial member of SCT.
  • Must be registered with CPRB as a Cardiac Physiologist.

Enrolment process:

  • Completion of the Certification of Cardiac Physiologists application form.
  • The application form must be signed by the Charge Physiologist to confirm the application is suitable, i.e. job title, hours of work.
  • Enrolment status must be confirmed by the University of Otago for the PGD in Medical Technology.  If the PG Certificate has been attained, please provide a copy of the certificate.

Fees:

  • Initial application for certification includes 2 years membership fee (not to be paid till application is accepted). Please refer to the application form for the current fee.

Examination

The CCP examination consists of a 2-hour multi-choice exam covering all the objectives for the 12 modules. The trainee is eligible to sit this exam if all the practical training requirements and assessments have been achieved and sent to the SCT Education Committee. The CCP qualification is achieved once the examination is passed and 2 years FTE has occurred; a certificate will be issued by SCT at this time.

Extension of Training Time

Where a trainee does not fulfil the practical training requirements within the two-year period, the trainee may apply for an extension. Extensions of 6 monthly intervals may be granted where a reasonable reason for the extension is given along with the support of the technical supervisor or charge physiologist. However, the trainee will not be able to sit the certification examination until the practical training requirements are achieved.

Training Structure

On acceptance into the certification programme the trainee will be provided with a workbook which outlines the expectations of the programme.
Throughout the two-year training period the trainee will complete workbook requirements, gain clinical experience under supervision, perform practical assessments and sit a final competency examination.