Study Tips & Reading Lists

The following tips are for candidates preparing to take any of the IBHRE certification exams:

  1. Refer to your experience in the field, drawing from on-the-job training and clinical experience in implant procedures and EP studies.
  2. Review your respective Exam Content Outline for a comprehensive framework of what will appear on the exam. 
  3. Review the IBHRE Recommended Reading lists as a reference of pertinent texts.
  4. Consult at least one textbook on general pacing/defibrillation or electrophysiology and a variety of review articles and reports on major clinical trials.
  5. Study pertinent articles in PACE (Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology) and JCE (Journal of Cardiac Electrophysiology)
  6. Seek out articles concerning arrhythmias (particularly review articles) in major cardiology journals from over the past five years.
  7. Take the Computer-Based Testing Tutorial prior to exam day to become familiar with the exam format and the functionality of the computerized caliper and calculator tools.


Exam candidates should be aware the IBHRE exams are not written according to any single text. The reading lists and resources referenced by IBHRE are recommended guides for exam candidates. The list of recommended resources promoted by IBHRE is not exclusive and should not be interpreted as a guaranteed means of passing the exam. There is no guarantee that the answers to all IBHRE exam questions will be found within these references. It is also possible that the references listed may have perceptions, which differ from those of IBHRE. For purposes of the examination, the IBHRE interpretation will prevail.

IBHRE does not recommend any one course of study or means of preparing for the exam over another. IBHRE may promote education and preparation programs, but does not endorse them as the sole recommended resources for exam preparation. Completing a program does not guarantee success on the exam. Non-endorsed organizations that sponsor review programs for the purpose of preparing candidates for the IBHRE exams are free to do so as long as the IBHRE name and licensed marks are not misrepresented.