Allied Professionals Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS) Exam

The IBHRE Test Writing Committee  and the National Board of Medical Examiners designed the CCDS certification examination. In order to maintain certification, certified professionals must complete Verification of Continuing Education  once every five years and recertify by re-examination  once every ten years. Note: IBHRE will launch a new continuing competency program in 2022. Questions? Contact IBHRE at

About the Exam:

This examination assesses essential clinical knowledge relevant to supporting the implanting of pacemakers and ICDs and patient follow up. This exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions and is administered within a five-hour time limit. Candidates are expected to have broad knowledge in three general areas:

  • Basic science
  • Applied science and technology
  • Technology, clinical practice, diagnosis, interpretation and management of tachyarrhythmias, and bradyarrhythmias

Target Audience:

Allied professionals involved in cardiac pacing device management, procedures, and follow ups in the clinical or industry setting may be eligible for the exam. Allied professionals include:

  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • EP/lab technicians
  • Technicians
  • Technologists
  • Engineers
  • Scientists
  • Therapists
  • Educators
  • Research associates
  • Clinical specialists
  • Sales representatives


The International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners does not condone discrimination with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status in enrollment or employment, nor in the educational programs it operates. The International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners seeks to make all programs and services, including electronic and information technology, accessible to people with disabilities. In this spirit, and in accordance with the provisions of Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Board provides healthcare professionals with reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to the programs and activities of the Board.

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