Certification is optional for EKG technicians. It is rarely required for employment or advancement. However, certification indicates an EKG technician has strong skills. The basic certificate is the Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT). To obtain a CCT, applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years old;
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • pass a written exam; and
  • meet ONE of the following four criteria:
  • 1) be currently enrolled as a student OR be a graduate of a cardiovascular training program, or
  • 2) be currently employed OR have previously been employed in the cardiovascular technology field, or
  • 3) have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in a field related to science or physical health, or
  • 4) have volunteered in the field of cardiovascular technology for at least two years.

Certification as a Registered Cardiovascular Technician (RCVT) is available for more advanced applicants. For information on certification of EKG technicians, contact:

American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600, Rockville, MD 20852-1402
Phone: 301.738.8401 or 800.541.9754, Fax: 301.738.0312
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)
1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919.861.4539 or 800.326.0268, Fax: 919.787.4916