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ACCE Healthcare Technology Certification Comission

The American College of Clinical Engineering is pleased to support the Certification in Clinical Engineering Program under the administration of the Healthcare Technology Certification Commission and the United States and Canadian Board of Examiners for Certification in Clinical Engineering

On this page: Purpose of Clinical Engineering Certification | Certification Process | Certification Examination | Documents | FAQs | Contacts

Certification Program

The Healthcare Technology Certification Commission (Commission) and the United States and Canadian Board of Examiners for Clinical Engineering Certification (Board) endorse the concept of voluntary certification by examination for all clinical engineers and manage a program for certification in clinical engineering. Certification is one part of a process called credentialing. It focuses specifically on the individual and is an indication of current competence in a specialized area of engineering practice. Board certification in clinical engineering is highly valued and provides formal recognition of the knowledge base of clinical engineers.

Purposes of Clinical Engineering Certification

The purpose of certification is to promote healthcare delivery improvement in the United States through the certification and continuing assessment of competency of professionals who support and advance patient care by applying engineering and management skills to healthcare technology. The certification process includes:

  1. Establishing and measuring the level of knowledge required for certification as a clinical engineer
  2. Providing a standard of knowledge requisite for certification; thereby assisting the employer, public, and members of the health professions in the assessment of the clinical engineer
  3. Recognizing formally those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of the Board and pass the Examination Certification for Clinical Engineering
  4. Requiring continued personal and professional growth in the practice of clinical engineering to maintain certification

 

Certification Process

Clinical engineering certification is a three-step process: (1) application review by the US and Canadian Board of Examiners for Clinical Engineering Certification; (2) written examination; and (3) oral examination.

The application review consists of the assessment of information contained in the application in comparison to defined eligibility requirements, review and verification of college or university transcripts, and review of three references that attest to the candidate’s clinical engineering experience and abilities. All exams and communication for the certification process will be conducted in American English.

2017 Certification Examination

The computerized written examination for HTCC Certification in Clinical Engineering will be available from November 4, 2017 thru November 18, 2017. The deadline for applications is August 5, 2017 for applicants testing within the United States & Canada and July 8, 2017 for applicants testing outside the United States & Canada. Arrangements can be made to take the written exam in most major cities around the world by contacting the Secretariat for HTCC at certification@accenet.org.

You may apply to take this exam by downloading the handbook and application form from the link below. After reviewing the Handbook, please contact the Secretariat for HTCC at certification@accenet.org, or by telephone (610-567-1240), or fax (815-642-0658) with further questions.

Documents

  • 2017 Candidate Handbook for CE Certification ( .pdf , 328 Kb)
  • 2017 Candidate Application Form ( .pdf , 438 Kb)
    • Pay application fee online.
    • If you are planning on sitting for the written exam outside of the US/Canada please complete the Request for Special Test Center and include it with your application. Submit the International Test Center fee with your application fee
    • Pay written test re-test fee online.
      If you are submitting payment for a written re-test, please also fill out the PTC Form. Submit the form to the Secretariat for HTCC at certification@accenet.org or fax to 815-642-0658.
    • Pay oral exam re-test fee online.
  • 2017 CCE Renewal Handbook ( .pdf , 827 Kb)
  • CCE Renewal Application ( .xls , 804 Kb) - Update on Clinical Engineering Certification Renewal! Any certified clinical engineer that is currently listed with the HTF's Healthcare Technology Certification Commission and whose listing expires on June 30, 2017 has until June 30, 2017 to complete and turn in their completed renewal form. The CCE renewal Handbook and Renewal Application Form can now be downloaded above.
  • Individuals Certified in Clinical Engineering ( .pdf , 113 Kb, updated 1/15/2017) The following individuals have received Certification in Clinical Engineering through the Certification program sponsored by the American College of Clinical Engineering and administered by the Healthcare Technology Certification Commission.  Examination conducted by the US or Canadian Board of Examiners for Certification in Clinical Engineering.  The definition of a Clinical Engineer is a professional who supports and advances patient care by applying engineering and managerial skills to healthcare technology.  Certified Clinical Engineers have met eligibility requirements of education and professional experience and professional references, and have passed both a written and oral examination process.
  • CCE Study Guide V6.0 - Available on the Educational Offerings page. (Note: The ACCE study guide was written by an independent group of clinical engineers not associated with the HTCC or the exam process.)
  • Available from ACCE as a 10-session set (Note: The ACCE Review Course was developed by an independent group of clinical engineers not associated with the HTCC or the exam process). To order, please click here ( .htm )
  • Journal of Clinical Engineering Interview: Recently Certified Clinical Engineers ( .pdf , 67 Kb)
  • Clinical Engineering Certification – Frequently Asked Questions ( .pdf , 33 Kb)

FAQs

Why should I become Certified in Clinical Engineer?

The purpose of certification is to promote healthcare delivery improvement through the continuing assessment and recognition of the competency of professionals who support and advance patient care by applying engineering and management skills to healthcare technology. Individually, being a CCE demonstrates competency and professional recognition as measured by an examination designed by one's peers.

 

Does a candidate for certification have to be an ACCE member, or a member of any other
organization? 

No. There are no membership requirements for participating in the CCE program

 

Which organizations are responsible for Certification in Clinical Engineering?

The four key organizations are the U.S. and Canadian Boards of Examiners for Certification in Clinical Engineering (the Boards), the Healthcare Technology Certification Commission (the Commission), and the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE).

  • The primary duties of the Boards are to develop the examinations and renewal processes, and to review candidates for eligibility. The Boards report to the Commission
  • The Commission is responsible for the overall management of the certification program. The Commission is a program of the ACCE
  • The ACCE provides administrative and financial support for certification activities

The ACCE offers a CCE Study Guide and a certification review course. Does this mean that the ACCE is part of or that ACCE members have special access to the certification process?

No. The ACCE study guide was written by an independent group of clinical engineers who are not associated with the Commission or the exam process. The ACCE administers its certification review program independently of the Boards of Examiners and the Healthcare Technology Certification Commission.

 

Is the philosophy of the test to make it so difficult that it is very challenging to pass, thus limiting the number of CCEs?

No. The intent of the certification process and the exam is to establish minimum qualifications to be recognized as a CCE. This means that the test is designed so a well-qualified clinical engineer can pass it without great difficulty.

 

AAMI also has a CCE registry, but does not administer a CCE program. Why is that?

AAMI lists CCE’s who were certified, or have renewed, under AAMI's certification program; this program no longer offers new certifications. A list of CCE's certified under the current Commission’s program can be found at http://accenet.org/CECertification/Documents/Listed_Individuals.pdf

 

Where can I find additional information?

The official site for CCE information is  http://accenet.org/CECertification/. This site has the handbook, application form, renewal form, a link to the ACCE study guide, and a link to receive further information. For more information on the CCE, contact Secretariat for HTCC by phone: (610) 567-1240 or by e-mailing at certification@accenet.org.

Contact

Sandy Allen
Secretariat for HTCC
Email: certification@accenet.org
Tel: 610-567-1240
Fax: 815-642-0658


Pipper White, MSc, CCE
Healthcare Technology Certification Commission Chair
Email: certificationchair@accenet.org​

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