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Good luck if you’re taking one of our exams at a Pearson Vue centre on the 21st July! You can find out more about what to expect at a Pearson Vue Centre here, or scroll down to see FAQ’s around exams.

Society Examinations

Please note that as in most other professional bodies different examinations apply to different categories of staffing. If you are currently employed as a Student/Trainee Clinical / Cardiac Physiologist and would like information about the Professional Body examinations please contact your University tutor.

NB: Our Exam Policy can be found towards the bottom of this page

Available Certificates, Awards & Diplomas

SCST Award in Practical Electrocardiography

The Society makes this award to candidates who can demonstrate the ability to safely and accurately record a 12-lead resting electrocardiogram (ECG) under examination conditions and in accordance with the SCST Clinical Guidelines by Consensus: Recording a 12-Lead Electrocardiogram.

This is designed as an entry-level qualification for any practitioner wanting to demonstrate the skills needed to perform ECGs in a clinical environment.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their ability through a practical examination. Supplemental questions will be used to check underpinning knowledge.

Certificate in Electrocardiography

This is appropriate for healthcare professionals recording 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) on a regular basis and who are required to recognise common ECG abnormalities. The Certificate in Electrocardiography comprises the following components:

Written exam
a) Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
b) Electrocardiographic instrumentation, technique and interpretation

Practical exam
Candidates should follow the syllabus for the Award in Practical Electrocardiography.

The syllabus leading to the award of the Certificate in Electrocardiography is designed to encourage accurate recording and first line interpretation of the 12-lead resting electrocardiogram in accordance with the SCST Clinical Guidelines by Consensus: Recording a Standard 12-Lead Electrocardiogram

Foundation Certificate in Essential ECG Interpretation

This certificate is awarded to candidates who demonstrate the ability to recognise the ECG patterns of a range of clinically important cardiac rhythms and conditions. It is particularly appropriate to personnel who work in an acute medical setting, eg cardiographers, nurses and paramedics. This qualification sits between the Certificate in Electrocardiography and the Diploma in ECG Interpretation. Examination for this award is in the form of a 2.5 hour multiple choice paper.

Diploma in ECG Interpretation

The Society makes this award to candidates who can demonstrate the ability to provide interpretation of 12-lead resting electrocardiograms (ECGs) and rhythm strips under examination conditions.

This is designed as an intermediate level award for healthcare professionals wishing to demonstrate skills and knowledge beyond core level level. Examination for this award is in the form of a 3 hour written paper.


The results of any Society examinations are reviewed by an examination board meeting generally one month after the examinations. Results confirmed at that meeting will notified to the candidates only in writing.

Frequently Asked Questions

We welcome feedback and questions in relation to SCST Exams, from the syllabus to booking and everything in between. You’ll find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.

Last updated: 6th July 2021.

How much will the exam cost?

The cost of the online exam is £200 and payable directly on booking via Pearson Vue. Click here to book your exam

I booked for the March 2020 exams, will I automatically be put forward for the July exams?

No, SCST will not automatically put you forward for the July 2021 exams. SCST will contact all candidates who were previously booked in 2020 and issue them with a voucher. The candidate must then register with Pearson Vue and apply the voucher code for the exam date they wish to sit.

I booked for the March 2020 exams, what if I am unable to make the July 2021 exams?

You will have 12 months to redeem your voucher, so you do have the option to take the exam at a later date if you wish.

Do I take the exam from home or do I have to travel to a specific place for the exam?

You will need to book at a registered Pearson Vue centre. When you book your exam, a full list of venues will be made available and you will be able to select a venue closest to your location.

Find out more about what to expecet at a Pearson Vue centre here.

Will there be another coure running before the exam?

SCST plan to deliver online Foundation and Diploma courses in Autumn 2021. We’ll announce the dates in due course.

Will another exam take place later this year so I can take the course beforehand?

We plan to deliver online exams in November 2021. We’ll share more information about this, including dates, in due course.

Contact Us

Please refer all communications to SCST to the following email address: 

Please include your full name, candidate number (if known), the specific examination you are contacting SCST about and the reason for your communication.