History

Founded in 1984 and established in 1985 as NASPExAM, the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE) is a self-governing, credentialing organization that provides competency certification in the fields of cardiac rhythm device therapy and cardiac electrophysiology for physicians and allied professionals. 

 

IBHRE Timeline:

1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s  
 

1980s:

  • 1984
    • First President, Dr. Seymour Furman, founded NASPExAM (now the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners)
    • The National Board of Medical Examiners is approved to administer exam
  • 1985
    • NASPExAM is established in a Boston, Massachusetts office
    • Cardiac Pacing Test Writing Committee is founded
  • 1986
    • First examinations of Special Competency in Cardiac Pacing and Cardioversion Defibrillation for the Physician are administered in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and London
  • 1989
    • First Examinations for Special Competency in Cardiac Pacing and Cardioversion Defibrillation for the Allied Professional are administered in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and London

1990s:

  • 1995
    • NASPExAM moves to a Washington, D.C. office
  • 1996
    • Role delineation study is conducted to update essential competencies for heart rhythm professionals
    • Cardiac Electrophysiology Test Writing Committee is founded
  • 1997
    • First Examinations for Special Competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Allied Professional are administered in New Orleans and New York
  • 1998
    • Dr. David Steinhaus becomes second President of NASPExAM

2000s:

  • 2005
    • Dr. Charles J. Love becomes third President of NASPExAM
    • Physician device exam is recognized as a competency requirement for completion of the Heart Rhythm Society’s alternate training pathway for non-electrophysiologists
    • NASPExAM adopts new by-laws, a new strategic plan, and expands the Board of Directors to include international members from Japan, London, and Canada
  • 2006
    • NASPExAM becomes the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners
    • New IBHRE website is launched and first web-based registration system is introduced
    • Job task analyses is conducted to initiate change from competency to certification, to identify core tasks in the heart rhythm practice, and to standardize a global knowledge-base of heart rhythm professionals
    • Market research and promotional strategy is conducted around the value of IBHRE certification
  • 2007
    • Examinations are re-named and structured to align with new certification program
      • Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy for the Physician
      • Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy for the Allied Professional
      • Certification Examination for Competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Allied Professional
    • New certification credentials announced:
      • Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (Physician)
      • Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (Allied Professional)
      • Certified EP Specialist (Allied Professional)
    • Strategic partnership is formed with the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society and first IBHRE Japanese Test Translation Committee is established
    • New organizational structure, policies, and procedures to support the administration of the new IBHRE program and preparation for certification personnel accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is established
  • 2008
    • First introduction of computer-based testing and world-wide administration of certification examinations
    • First tailored foreign-language certification exam is administered in Japan to 644 cardiac pacing allied professionals
    • IBHRE establishes registered trademarks for the IBHRE name and certification marks
  • 2009
    • IBHRE submits an application to ANSI for accreditation under ISO Standard 17024 for Personnel Certification Programs
    • Physician Electrophysiology Test Writing Committee is founded to develop international-based adult and pediatric EP exams for physicians
    • New Recertification Policy is established to require maintenance of certification every 5 years and recertification every 10 years
    • First IBHRE Review and Appeals Committee is established

2010s

  • 2010
    • IBHRE receives American National Standard Institute Accreditation
  • 2011
    • IBHRE officially announces the Examination for Special Competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Physician
  • 2013
    • New Leadership Recruitment Campaign is conducted
    • IBHRE forms new Content Experts Committee and an Ambassador Group
    • New website and Career Center is launched
    • IBHRE Endorsement Program is created
  • 2014
    • Maintenance of Certification Online Application is launched
    • IBHRE celebrates its first IBHRE Day on February 11, 2014
  • 2015
    • IBHRE launches scholarship program for allied professionals
  • 2016
    • ANSI reaccreditation of CCDS and CEPS certification programs
    • ANSI accreditation of CEPS-AC and CEPS-PC certification programs
    • Maintenance of Certification (MoC) becomes Verification of Continuing Education (VCE)
    • IBHRE presents the first Ambassador Award and Vanguard Award
  • 2018
    • IBHRE launches Cardiac Device Education and Self-Assessment Course, an online course based upon the CCDS exam content outline
 

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