Registration opens from 1st November 2023
Spring SCST Exams will be taking place on 13th March 2024. Registration for these exams will open on 1st November 2023 and will close on 12th September 2024. In the meantime, register an account via the Pearson VUE website now if you haven't already.
If you have any issues or login queries regarding your account on Pearson VUE's website then please contact them directly on 0800 7319905.
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.
You can view our exam policy, which details our procedures around booking exams, academic misconduct, appeals & complaints plus examination marking and moderation. To view this policy in detail, please click here.
Available Certificates, Awards & Diplomas
SCST Award in Practical Electrocardiography
We’re sorry, but at present we are unable to run the SCST Award in Practical Electrocardiography.
We are currently looking at other options for the practical examination but no decisions have yet been made regarding the way forward.
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:
a) Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
b) Electrocardiographic instrumentation, technique and interpretation
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 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 multiple choice paper .
Need extra support for our March examinations?
Anyone requiring extra support for the March examinations, please email us stating your requirements and supporting evidence as soon as possible so that we can asses your request.
You can create a Pearson account but please do not book your exam until you have been given your booking instructions from us as the process is slightly different.
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.
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.
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