1. A candidate, who has successfully completed the prescribed course of instruction offered by an institution accredited by the Health Standards Organization EQUAL™ CANADA Allied Health Education Accreditation Program or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and approved by the CSCP Board of Directors, and who has performed 50 post graduate cases, if required (see full requirements below) may choose to challenge the examination by completing the online application form and paying the appropriate fee.
2. The National Certification Examination is held annually in October. The Chair of the Committee on Accreditation, Competency and Examination (ACE) will notify candidates via email whether their application for the examination has been approved.
3. Candidates must be on the Society records as a paid Associate Member in good standing at the time of the application deadline.
4. Application to challenge the CSCP certification examination must be submitted to the CSCP National Office no later than July 1 (EST) in the year the examination is to be taken. Applications received at the National Office later than July 1 (EST) will not be processed for that year. NO EXCEPTIONS.
5. For your application to be processed at this time of submission, you must provide proof of graduation with OFFICAL transcripts. If, at the time of application, your official transcripts are not available from your accredited training institution due to the date of your graduation, you must alternatively provide herein a letter from your accredited training institution temporarily confirming your enrolment in the program along with your expected date of graduation. Official transcripts must be received either electronically, Canada Post or courier directly from your accredited training institution NO LATER than September 30 (no exceptions) in the year you intend to write the exam. If official transcripts are not received by the September 30th deadline, you will be ineligible to write the exam and will be refunded the exam fee, less a $100.00 administration fee.
6. A passport-quality JPEG format photograph (headshot) of the applicant must accompany the completed application form.
7. All appropriate fees (payable in Canadian funds) must accompany the completed application. A refund will be granted if a written request is received not less than thirty (30) days before the examination. A $100 administration fee will be charged for all refund requests granted.
8. If graduation from an accredited training program is more than 12 months before the date of application to the CSCP certification exam, then 50 postgraduate cases are required. Please refer to Schedule C Regulation 1/2006 (5). A case report sheet must accompany each Application for Examination, stating Hospital, Date, Surgeon, and Procedure. This information should be uploaded along with the application.
Word or Excel spreadsheets are the recommended options for displaying the case information. Please ensure that each spreadsheet page is identified with the applicant's name.
*The case requirements are as follows:
|First writing: (12 months post-graduation, or more)
||Fifty post-graduate cases
|1st re-write in the event of failure:
||Seventy-Five cases. Cases must be dated later than the date of first writing of exam
|2nd re-write in the event of failure:
||One Hundred cases. Cases must be dated later than the date of the second writing of the exam
Case: Cases must be performed as the primary perfusionist and include initiation, maintenance for more than half the total case time, and termination.
ECMO/VAD: An ECMO or VAD can count as a case provided that you either (a) initiated it and maintained it for four hours or (b) you did a full maintenance shift of at least eight hours in duration.
Stand-by: Pump stand-by cases do not count as a case for the purpose of the application for the Certification examination.