Allied Professional CDRMS Exam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Who should pursue CDRMS certification?

A: The CDRMS examination validates the competency and skill level of practitioners who use Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) in caring for patients suffering with chronic cardiac disorder. Allied professionals and other healthcare providers involved in the remote monitoring of CIEDs who want to demonstrate their skill and knowledge should pursue CDRMS certification.  These professionals include, but are not limited to:

  • Technicians
  • Technologists
  • Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Engineers
  • Scientists
  • Therapists
  • Educators
  • Research Associates
  • Clinical Specialists

Q: I’m a Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS).  Should I pursue CDRMS certification?

A: The CDRMS is a job-specific certification while the CCDS is a more comprehensive advanced certification. As such, CCDS-certified individuals are not encouraged to pursue CDRMS.


Q: Is there a pathway by which RCIS and RCES professionals qualify to take the CDRMS exam?

A: Yes.  IBHRE has partnered with the Cardiovascular Credentialing Institute to provide a certification pathway for professionals who successfully complete the Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES) or Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) examination.  Individuals with RCES or RCIS certification, and at least one year of experience in CIED remote monitoring or in-person evaluations, meet the CDRMS eligibility criteria.  Get more details here: Allied Professional CDRMS Exam Eligibility Policy | IBHRE.

Q: What’s covered in the CDRMS examination?

A: The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates are expected to have broad knowledge in five general areas:

  • Rhythm recognition
  • Device and lead function
  • Remote service management
  • Diagnostic monitoring
  • Device technology

More information and an exam outline can be reviewed here: Allied Professionals Cardiac Device Remote Monitoring Specialist (CDRMS) Exam | IBHRE.

Q: What is the registration fee for the CDRMS exam?

A: The registration fee depends on when you register. Also, members of the Heart Rhythm Society receive an additional discounted rate.  You can review all registration fees and deadlines here: Allied Professional CDRMS Exam Fees | IBHRE

Q:  Where are the exam locations?

A: The CDRMS exam is administered worldwide at PSI Test Centers around the globe. Click here for more information.

Q: How often is the CDRMS exam administered?

A: IBHRE offers the computer-based test once a year in the fall. 

Q: How will I maintain the CDRMS certification? Is there a recertification process?

A: CDRMS credential holders will participate in the new continuing competency model, IBHRE-C3

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