EKG technician certification is voluntary but it is the professional standard and most employers require credentialing.  Most credentials require that technologists complete an accredited education program to qualify to sit for an ekg certification examination

EKG certification credentialing is offered by:

  • National Certified ECG Technician (NCET) by the National Center for Competency Testing
  • EKG Technician Certification (CET) by the National Healthcare Association
  • Nationally Registered title of Certified EKG Technician (NRCEKG) by the  National Association for Health Professionals
  • Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT)  by  the Cardiovascular Credentialing International
  • National Electrocardiograph Technician (NET) by the National Medical Licensing Association

The ekg certification exam content will vary according to the credentialing entity.  The content of the National Healthcare Association exam is illustrative. According to the NHA the exam is about one hour and fifty minutes and includes about 110 multiple choice ekg certification exam questions.  Topics include:

  • EKG monitoring:
    • calculate a patient's heart rate from an ekg tracing
    • identify artifacts from a tracing (wondering baseline. somatic, electrical)
    • resolve  artifacts from a tracing (wondering baseline. somatic, electrical)
    • measure a patients heart rythmn from an ekg tracing
    • etc

Additional ekg exam topics include:

  • Patient Care
    • prepare the patient (history, medications, positioning)
    • Holter monitoring
    • stress testing
    • applying electrodes to patients
    • responding to signs and symptoms of cardiopulmonary compromise
    • monitoring patient
    • HIPAA regulations
    • etc

Continuing education is required in most cases to maintain certification.

Information on this page summarized from:   
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition,Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm
(2) Wikipedia contributors, "Electrocardiogram technician," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Electrocardiogram_technician&oldid=394757194
(3) National Healthcare Association,CET Candidate Handbook, http://www.nhanow.com/ekg-technician.aspx

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