European Diploma in advanced critical care EchoCardiography

EDEC  is a curriculum in Echocardiography offered by ESICM to practitioners who have acquired a basic level of competence in critical care echocardiography (CCE) and would like to extend their competencies to an advanced level.

The EDEC Guidelines will provide you with more information on the examination as well as the requirements needed to sit the exam including the definition of supervisor and mentor.

Completion of EDEC training and competency-based testing designates that the intensivist is competent in advanced critical care echocardiography.


Note: The EDEC application system and logbook is currently being upgraded on our new ESICM online platform, which renders the EDEC web tools temporarily unavailable.

-EDEC Candidates are kindly requested to personally store their TEE/TTE reports until the new system is fully functional.
-New applicants can submit their questions and information via

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Entry Criteria

  • Recognised intensivist (no longer in training)
  • Certificate of attendance for a basic course in echocardiography in the last two years
  • Identify potential mentor and supervisor for the completion of the curriculum

Exam Eligibility

Within 24 months, EDEC candidates must:

  • Participate in a minimum of 40 hours of advanced courses which must be composed of 20 hours of face-to-face courses (including mandatory ESICM advanced course), and 20 hours of EDEC webinars
  • Participation in other advanced echocardiography courses is accepted provided that these are endorsed by the EDEC Committee
  • Complete the ESICM logbook with at least 100 TTE and 35 TEE/TOE reports duly certified by mentor and supervisor

Registration fees

  • ESICM Members: EUR 600
  • non ESICM Members: EUR 950

Fees include access to the ESICM logbook, free access to specialised EDEC webinars and participation in the EDEC examinations.

Admission to the EDEC Advanced course and other additional external training courses are not included in this fee.

Examination consists

  • The exam consists of a written theoretical part (I)
  • a practical reporting part (II)
  • an objective clinical skill exam (OSCE) performed on mannequins (III).



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