Practical/Clinical Examination Eligibility

  1. Practical/Clinical Examination Eligibility

ELIGIBILTY

Hospital-Based Programs:

Evidence of all of the following:

i) Training in an EEG department approved by C.B.R.E.T.,Inc. for a period of twenty-four months, with the exception of holidays permitted under the various collective agreements. The candidate must have trained for the entire twenty-four months under the direct supervision of C.B.R.E.T. Inc, certified R.E.T. and C.S.C.N. electroencephalographer in the same department.

ii) Personal recordings, under direct supervision of an R.E.T. of at least 500 EEGs:

(a) 400 adults plus 100 children 12 years of age or younger, with at least 20 of those children being under the age of two (2) years

or

(b) 400 children plus 100 adults 21 years of age or older, with at least 20 of those adults being over the age of 60 years.

iii) Supporting letter from certified R.E.T. supervisor of the Department where the majority of recordings were performed.

iv) The candidate must maintain a logbook of the required 500 clinical EEG recordings.

Each logbook entry MUST contain the following information on each recording:

  • Patient procedure number
  • Age
  • Date of recording
  • Referring diagnosis
  • Signature of the supervising R.E.T. for each recording.
The candidate will be required to produce this log book at the Practical Examination site. The candidate must have documentation from a Registered EEG Technologist(s) confirming that the required numbers of EEGs have been performed under their supervision.

College Diploma Programs:

Evidence of all of the following:

i) Graduation from a two (2) year C.B.R.E.T.,Inc  certified diploma program.

ii) Personal recordings, under direct supervision of an R.E.T., of at least 500 EEGs:

(a) 400 adults plus 100 children 12 years of age or younger, with at least 20 of those children being under the age of two (2) years

OR

(b) 400 children plus 100 adults 21 years of age or older, with at least 20 of those adults being over the age of 60 years.

EEGs recorded by the candidate at college practicum sites are accepted towards the total of 500 recordings.

iii) The candidate must maintain a logbook of the required 500 clinical EEG recordings.

Each logbook entry MUST contain the following information on each recording:

  • Patient procedure number
  • Age
  • Date of recording
  • Referring diagnosis
  • Signature of the supervising R.E.T. for each recording.
The candidate will be required to produce this log book at the Practical Examination site. The candidate must have documentation from a Registered EEG Technologist(s) confirming that the required numbers of EEGs have been performed under their supervision.

PRACTICAL/CLINICAL EXAMINATION APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Complete and submit the  Practical/Clinical Examination application form and along with applicable fees to the C.B.R.E.T. Inc Registrar via cheque or PayPal.

Provide documentation of completion of above requirements.

PRACTICAL EXAMINATION DATE AND PLACE

The Clinical examination is offered once annually at either one (1) or two (2) sites in Canada. If two (2) sites are offered, one (1) will be east of the Ontario/Manitoba border and one (1) west. Exam(s) usually are held on Saturday(s) in April or May.

The Practical section of the Clinical exam will be held at the Candidates place of employment. The Registrar will make arrangements with your lab supervisor to arrange a time for this section of the exam to be scheduled.  Once this section is completed, final exam results will be available after August of each year or sooner.

Practical Examination Fees

Full Clinical/Practical Examination (Includes Practical, Oral, Record Review)            $575.00

Individual Section Examination Fees

Practical Section                       $230.00

Record Review Section             $230.00

Oral Section                               $230.00

Repeat of a Failed Section        $230.00

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION

Registration for the Clinical/Practical Examination must be completed and received by January 15th of each year.

REFUNDS

Full refunds will be issued to candidates who notify the Registrar of their intention to withdraw. Requests to withdraw must be received by August 15 for the Fall Exam, and March 1 for the Spring Exam. No refunds are issued after these dates.

PRACTICAL EXAMINATION FORMAT

Practical Section

The candidate is given 90 minutes to take a patient history, measure and apply electrodes and run a complete 30 minute routine EEG with activation procedures in their place of employment. Your examiner will evaluate your competence in accurate and secure electrode application, patient preparation and rapport, patient safety and your clinical EEG recording abilities.

Electrodes may be applied with either paste or collodion. Electrodes are to be applied using the 10/20 Head Measurement System. Needle electrodes and electrode placement caps may not be used for this section of the examination.

Record Review Section

The candidate will be given 90 minutes for this section. Each candidate will be required to read two (2) abnormal Digital EEG recordings. These EEG recordings will have been obtained according to CAET Technical standards by an independent R.E.T. The candidate will be given one (1) paediatric Digital EEG recording (12 years or younger) and one (1) adult Digital EEG recording (21 years or older). The candidate will be given 45 minutes to generate two technical reports on a provided EEG report template. The candidate will be required to describe and complete the following:

  • Normal background features
  • Sleep features
  • Activation procedures and their EEG  features
  • Abnormal EEG patterns
  • Provide a technical impression.
After the 45 minute period, the candidate will review their technical reports and the corresponding EEG recordings, with two (2) examiners: an R.E.T. and a C.S.C.N. electroencephalographer over an additional 45 minutes.

The EEG tracings provided will be a digital recording that can be reviewed on either a laptop computer or desktop computer supplied by the CBRET Registrar at the Exam site.

Oral Section

The Oral Exam will last approximately 60 minutes during which time the candidate will be shown EEG samples and diagrams pertaining to the areas listed in Appendix A. Questions are asked by two (2) examiners: an R.E.T. and a C.S.C.N. electroencephalographer.

REPORT OF PRACTICAL EXAMINATION RESULTS

Candidates will receive the results by of the exam by email as either a pass or fail, after all candidate’s practical exams are completed. At a later date, successful candidates will receive a C.B.R.E.T., Inc. Registration Certificate and official letter of notification.  The decision of the examiners is final.

FAILURE OF THE PRACTICAL EXAMINATION

The Oral, Record Review, and Practical portions of the exam are marked separately. A candidate can successfully complete one (1) part of the exam and then repeat the remaining portion(s) within two (2) years. A candidate who is unsuccessful in three (3) attempts or a candidate who waits longer than two (2) years to repeat the exam will be required to reinitiate the entire examination process which will involve re-application following documentation of additional training and repeating the written examination.