FAQ

What is a Graduate Diploma?

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) provides the hierarchy of educational qualifications in Australia. It is administered nationally by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. In the framework, a Graduate Diploma is positioned inbetween a Bachelor and Master’s degree. This is a nationally recognised qualification.


What letters can I put after my name after receiving a Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology?

Individuals who successfully complete the CEPIA Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology may place Grad. Dip. (Cardiac EP) after their name: > e.g. John Smith Grad. Dip. (Cardiac EP).


What are the distinctive outcomes of a Graduate Diploma?

High level employment-related skills and knowledge which are specified in sets of competency standards developed by relevant industry, enterprise, community or professional bodies to meet an identified training need at professional levels, plus a focus on competency in a workplace environment.


Are there any prerequisites required to enrol in the CEPIA Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology?

As a Graduate Diploma is a graduate qualification above the Bachelor Degree, potential students must possess the following:

  • the possession of an appropriate Bachelor degree equivalent to working in the therapeutic area of electrophysiology, or a demonstrated equivalence to an appropriate degree AND
  • must already be employed in the field of cardiac electrophysiology and have direct access to an EP lab and be personally performing and/or participating in EP procedures.

What factors influenced the competency level benchmark for the Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology?

The role of an EP scientist/technician is vital and can influence the clinical outcome of a patient, including improving efficacy and potentially resulting in clinical complications, morbidity and mortality. For this reason the CEPIA faculty decided to set and maintain high clinical standards which are designed to improve the professional standing of the field and result in increased knowledge and improved clinical ability. To achieve competency at a level lower than what is stipulated is not sufficient, and does not convey a true understanding of the knowledge and skills required to be competent in the field of cardiac electrophysiology. A competency-based system was chosen over the bell curve method to ensure that all graduates possess a level of competency that satisfies the industry standard rather than just allowing a proportion of students to obtain a grading at any level.


Can I obtain a copy of my online assessment after its completion?

Assessment questions and answers are not provided to students after its completion as they may be used for future courses, so the integrity of future assessments needs to be protected. However to enable students to identify areas where they may need improvement, CEPIA does provide students with extensive feedback on questions answered incorrectly on each online assessment, as well as a detailed summary of questions answered, unanswered, correct, incorrect, time taken etc.


What is CEPIA?

The Cardiac Electrophysiology Institute of Australasia is an independent Registered Training Organisation (RTO) dedicated to the education and training of medical professionals in cardiac electrophysiology in Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific. The CEPIA faculty is composed of respected electrophysiologists from throughout Australia, and course input is derived from electrophysiologists, scientists, technicians and industry representatives from throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific.


Who should attend the CEPIA Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology?

The CEPIA Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology is specifically tailored for allied professionals, nurses performing the technician role, EP registrars and fellows practicing in cardiac electrophysiology. It is designed to teach all there is to know about cardiac electrophysiology, from basic anatomy to advanced 2D and 3D mapping techniques, with an emphasis on the analysis of intracardiac recordings. Theoretical and practical skills shall be taught, endowing participants with the ability to perform any diagnostic or invasive electrophysiologic procedure, from syncope studies to atrial fibrillation ablation procedures.


Can I take online assessments without enrolling in the course?

No, online assessments can only be taken by registered participants of the CEPIA Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology.
Experienced persons may attempt online assessments and workbook submissions without attending the modules, after fist contacting CEPIA and applying for RPL assessment and the payment of any relevant fees.


Can I obtain a Graduate Diploma totally online (is attendance at modules really necessary)?

For those who are already at an advanced level and feel they would not benefit from module attendance, but who wish to obtain a Graduate Diploma, they may attempt online assessments and workbook submissions without attending the modules. After enrollment and payment of fees, lecture notes and workbooks will be posted out to the student, and after successful completion of all workbook submissions and online assessments, a Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology will be issued. There is no cost difference for this method.


Do I need to enroll in all 3 modules to receive a Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology?

Yes, all 3 modules and their respective units must be successfully completed before the qualification will be awarded.


Do I need to enroll in all 3 modules or can I just enrol in 1 or 2?

You can enrol in as many modules as you like (1, 2 or 3), but all 3 modules must be successfully completed before the qualification will be awarded. This includes successful completion of online assessments and workbooks.


Is it possible to attend the CEPIA Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology if I do not actually perform EPS?

The course is specifically tailored for those who are directly involved and participating in cardiac EPS. However if you are involved in cardiac electrophysiology but do not actually perform EPS (e.g. industry representatives etc), then you can attend the CEPIA course and participate in the theoretical component only (i.e. no workbook submission or online assessment). Successful participants will receive CEPIA Statement of Attendance. There is no cost difference for not participating in the assessment component of the course.


Do I need any special software to sit the online assessments?

No – the assessments are totally online so require no special software. All you need is a broadband internet connection and any standard web-browser (Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Chrome etc).


Where can I sit the online assessments?

As the assessments are all online, you can be anywhere you like to sit the assessments (e.g. at home, work, library etc). All you need is a computer, a broadband internet connection and any standard web-browser (Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Chrome etc).


What mark is needed to obtain competency?

In order to receive a Graduate Diploma you must successfully complete all fourteen online assessment activities to the required level of performance in the allocated time period as detailed in the Online Assessment section of the website. If you fail to meet the required level of performance you may apply to resit an assessment in the Assessment Resit time period (fees may apply).

Unsatisfactory performance in an assessment does not preclude you attending future modules. You are still able to attend future modules regardless of how you perform in this assessment.

Note that to receive the Graduate Diploma you must also complete all of the workbook activities successfully.


How long are the online assessments?

There are a total of fourteen (14) lectures delivered over the three (3) modules of the CEPIA Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology. Each module consists of a series of lectures, each of which has an accompanying online assessment. Each assessment will be timed and consist of a number of multiple-choice questions. Each assessment time limit and number of questions are detailed in the Online Assessment section of the website.


How do I know when to take the online assessments?

The timetable for each online assessment is available for viewing in the “Online Assessment Information” section on the Courses page.


How do I find out my results?

You will be informed immediately after you complete your online assessment of your result. A more detailed summary of your results will be sent via email after the end of the assessment period.


What happens if I fail an online assessment?

If you fail to meet the required level of performance for an online assessment you may apply to resit an assessment in the Assessment Resit time period (fees may apply). Unsatisfactory performance in an assessment does not preclude you attending future modules. You are still able to attend future modules regardless of how you perform in this assessment.


What happens after I have successfully completed the course?

Successful graduates will be awarded a CEPIA Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology which will be sent out via mail within 21 days after graduation.


What happens if I only partially complete the course?

A Statement of Attainment will be issued for any unit of competency satisfactorily completed if the full qualification is not completed (N.B. each unit consists of both online assessment and workbook submission). This will be sent out via mail within 12 weeks after course completion.


Do I have to complete the course in the order of A, B & C or can I do them out of order?

The modules do not have to be completed in alphabetical order; however they have been designed so that each successive module assumes knowledge of the one prior. So for people who are already experienced in EP completing it in the order of B, C, A should not pose too much of a problem; however for someone who has no experience then beginning with module B would be much more difficult.


Do I have to complete the course in a single calendar year?

The course is designed so that all three modules and their respective assessments can be completed within a 12 month period, however it is possible to complete the course over 2 or 3 successive years. For example, you may choose to do Module A one year, Module B the next year and then Module C the year after this. Or another way may be to physically attend all the modules in a single calendar year, but defer your assessments so you submit them over the next 2 years or more. This method of completion is more suitable for those performing fewer EP procedures or who have limited EP experience, in that they will have more time to practice the theory and practical skills taught, and have more time to complete individual module workbooks. However assessment deferrals and/or extensions may only be requested up to a maximum of 5 years after course enrolment. After this time if a student still has assessments outstanding and wishes to continue on with the course additional fees will be incurred. If they do not wish to continue after this time they will be issued with the relevant “Statement of Attainment” or “Statement of Attendance” for the relevant Unit/s satisfactorily attended/completed.