IBHRE-C3 Frequently Asked Questions
Effective 2022, all newly certified individuals will participate in IBHRE-C3. Individuals due to recertify 2021-2031 (CCDS, CEPS, CEPS-A, CEPS-P) have the option to recertify via a comprehensive exam or IBHRE-C3. Note: The first IBHRE-C3 cycle for individuals due to recertify 2021-2031 must be completed by December 31, 2023 (NO EXCEPTIONS).
What is IBHRE-C3?
IBHRE—Continuous Competency, Continuous Learning, Continuous Certification (C3) is IBHRE’s new maintenance program that enables certified specialists to maintain their certification every two years by passing 12 online assessments. IBHRE-C3 assessments replace the traditional 10-year comprehensive recertification examination.
Will IBHRE-C3 apply to all IBHRE-certified specialists?
Yes. IBHRE-C3 enrollment is required by practitioners with the following credentials:
- Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS)
- Certified Electrophysiology Specialist (CEPS)
- Cardiac Device Remote Monitoring Specialist (CDRMS) (coming in 2024)
- Certified Electrophysiology Specialist – Adult (CEPS-A)
- Certified Electrophysiology Specialist – Pediatric (CEPS-P)
Specialists certified through 2031 must opt-in and then enroll with payment during the current C3 cycle which ends December 2023. Otherwise, specialists must sit for the comprehensive examination during their tenth year and enroll in C3 by the next C3 cycle. Click here for more information.
How does IBHRE-C3 differ from the previous recertification process?
IBHRE-C3 is completely different than the traditional certification maintenance process. It moves away from the mandatory 10-year maintenance examination to an ongoing assessment experience designed to keep specialists abreast of innovative trends and developments in their field. Unlike in-person exams that are administered at testing centers, IBHRE-C3 is a fully online, self-paced process that can be completed in the privacy of your home or office.
Click here to compare C3 to IBHRE’s traditional exam.
What is an IBHRE-C3 Assessment?
An IBHRE-C3 assessment is a tool used to evaluate a specialist’s understanding and retention of concepts and practices reviewed in a scientific article. It is an innovative approach to longitudinal assessments which includes an open book quiz.
The quiz consists of five questions derived from concepts and principles presented in the article. IBHRE-C3 offers a list of scientific literature in the field of cardiac rhythm therapy, electrophysiology, and cardiac device remote monitoring, including published and peer-authored manuscripts, journal articles, and consensus statements from reputable journals and professional organizations.
Specialists choose from assessment topics that are based on certification exam content outlines. Articles supporting the topics are identified by the IBHRE-C3 Committee, a team of highly qualified IBHRE-certified practitioners who carefully review each recommended article.
To maintain certification, specialists must pass 12 assessments in their specialty area. Failure to complete the required number of assessments during the two-year cycle will result in a lapse of certification.
How are assessments developed and scored?
Assessments are written by members of the IBHRE Test Writing Committee and are based on competencies, or domains, listed in IBHRE-C3 topics list. Each assessment includes five multiple-choice questions and covers one topic. Assessments are brief and are not timed allowing specialists to work at their own pace.
A minimum score of 80% is required to pass, meaning that at least four out of five questions must be answered correctly. Specialists have only one attempt at answering each question. Upon completing the assessment, a final score is automatically generated through the IBHRE-C3 portal and can only be viewed during this session. Once the specialist has passed 12 assessments, he/she cannot return to the assessment section of the portal. Assessment results reveal the specialist’s performance and a community comparison score so that the specialist can see how his/her performance measures among peers. In addition, specialists are able to track their completion status during the assessment session allowing specialists to pause the assessment and return at a later time.
How do I register?
For individuals transitioning during this initial program (until December 2023) registration, is a two-step process: (1) Opt-in and (2) Enrollment. Once specialists opt-in, their certification expiration date automatically changes to the new C3 cycle renewal date.
NOTE: Opt-in is only required until December 2023. Beginning January 2024, specialists will skip the opt-in step and enroll directly into IBHRE-C3.
How is my expiration date impacted by IBHRE-C3 participation?
IBHRE-C3 is based upon a two-year certification cycle. By opting-in, your certification expiration date is automatically updated in your IBHRE record to reflect the two-year C3 cycle expiration. For example, when you opt-in to C3, your certification expiration is updated to December 2023.
NOTE: Specialists due to recertify to 2031 who opt to sit for the comprehensive exam and pass, will have a valid certification for four (4) years instead of 10 years. To maintain their certification post this period, specialists are required to enroll in IBHRE-C3 and complete two-year cycles.
If I choose to sit for the comprehensive exam, will I have a 10-year certification period?
No, your certification will be valid for four years after siting for the comprehensive exam. Specialists should enroll in IBHRE-C3 in the third following the comprehensive exam. The comprehensive exam for maintaining certification will be available through 2031 (for specialists due to recertify now to 2031). Afterwards, all specialists will be required to maintain their credentials through the IBHRE-C3 program. If you earned your credential in 2022, you must enroll in the IBHRE-C3 program for the cycle beginning in 2025 (January 2025 – December 2026). Enrollment for individuals certified in 2022 will open January 2025. All specialists will be notified when their specific cycle is available for enrollment.
Can I opt-in and enroll if I have multiple certifications?
Yes. Opting-in applies to each certification. When specialists enroll, they must pay for each certification and complete assessments in each of their certification tracks.
If I enroll now, do I have two years from my enrollment date to complete IBHRE-C3?
The two-year IBHRE-C3 cycle is not on a rolling calendar basis. This means C3 cycles do not begin when specialists enroll. A delay in beginning the assessment process shortens the 2-year period available to complete the required number of assessments. Therefore, it is very important to enroll at the beginning of a C3 cycle to have the full two years to meet the 12-assessment requirement.
Each C3 cycle is scheduled as follows:
(For specialists due to recertify through 2031, the 2022-2023 cycle must be completed. When specialists complete the current C3 cycle (2022-2023), the next C3 cycles are listed below.)
C3 ENROLLMENT PERIOD
C3 CYCLE COMPLETION DATE
The last offering of the comprehensive examination for maintaining certification will be in 2031. Should you elect NOT to enroll in C3 during this current cycle ending December 2023, you will be required to sit for the comprehensive examination during your tenth year (through 2031). Failure to enroll in the current C3 cycle or sit for the comprehensive examination by your tenth year will result in a lapse of your IBHRE credential.
What computer system is compatible with the C3 platform, Oasis?
- Operating system: Windows 10+
- Browser: Chrome v90.0+, Firefox v84.0+, Edge v90.0+
- Internet connection: DSL, cable modem, or other high-speed connection
- Operating system: Mac OS X 10.6.8+
- Browser: Mozilla Firefox v84.0+, Safari 14+, Chrome v90.0+
- Internet connection: DSL, cable modem, or other high-speed connection
Are CMEs or other continuing education credits offered for completing IBHRE-C3?
No, IBHRE does not offer CME or continuing education credits for the completion of an IBHRE-C3 cycle.
I want to enroll in C3 but my email address has changed and I cannot access my IBHRE/HRS account to opt-in.
PLEASE DO NOT create a new account! Contact IBHRE, provide your new email address and your account will be updated.