Exam Information

Exam Information

The CBRET Exam Process

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Candidate Eligibility

All parts of the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. examination are offered in English and French. Candidates must indicate at the time of making an application for the examination of the language in which they wish to be examined.

Candidate Requirements

All applicants are required to register as a candidate to enter the exam process.

There is a candidacy fee of $57.50. Application forms are in the Candidate Application section.

Persons who have received training in Canada must register as a candidate by November 15 for the following September written examination. Persons who wish to take all parts of the examinations in the spring session must register as a candidate by July 1 of the preceding year. (This is approximately ten months prior to the desired exam.)

International applicants must register as a candidate before their qualifications are reviewed to determine eligibility (proceed to International Credentials Assessment and Application section). If deemed eligible for the exams, the candidacy period will be no less than nine months.

In order to become a candidate, the following educational requirements must be completed:

Proof of one (1) of the following:

  • Successful completion of a 2-year C.B.R.E.T., Inc. certified hospital-based Electrophysiology program.

  • Diploma in Electrophysiology from a minimum 2 year C.B.R.E.T., Inc. certified College or University Electrophysiology program.

International Candidate Documentation Requirements

Thank you for your inquiry about becoming a Registered Electroencephalography (EEG) Technologist (R.E.T.) with the Canadian Board of Registered Electroencephalograph Technologists, Inc. (C.B.R.E.T., Inc.).

The Canadian Board of Registration of Electroencephalograph Technologists, Inc. (C.B.R.E.T., Inc.) was established in 1972 to improve the standards of knowledge and proficiency in EEG technology and to promote uniformity in the training of EEG technologists in Canada.

C.B.R.E.T. does not have reciprocal arrangements with any other country, but EEG training received outside Canada may be accepted towards eligibility into the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. examination process. The information contained in this document is intended for applicants who have been educated and trained outside Canada as certified Electroencephalograph Technologists.

Once ALL required documents and information, as listed in the Registration Requirements section, have been received, the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. Registrar and Chairman will determine whether your education, training, and work experience are considered equivalent to the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. standards, and then make a final decision about your application. If you do not meet current registration requirements you will be informed of the reasons for this decision. The Registrar and Chairman may require you to complete further testing, assessment, or training.

Please read the following information and instructions carefully. Your efforts to complete the application as directed will help avoid delays in processing your application. You will be required to submit all necessary documents listed in the Registration Requirements section. However, you can submit a completed candidacy application form and pay the candidacy application fee + International document assessment fee prior to gathering and submitting all the necessary documents. We will establish a file for you and you will be notified of any outstanding documents or information we require. Your file will be assessed when all documents have been received.

When the application and supporting documents have been reviewed, the following will be assessed:

• To determine if you are eligible for registration.

OR

• To determine if you do not meet current registration requirements and the reasons to support this decision.

In order to receive your RET status in Canada, you may be required to undergo the examination, testing, assessment, training, or education program as recommended by the Registrar and Chairman of C.B.R.E.T., Inc. When the assessment is complete, the Registrar will communicate the decision to you in writing. Once you have met all requirements as outlined by the Registrar and Chairman, you are deemed eligible to sit the CBRET Written and Clinical/Practical examinations.

Please note that the international application and assessment process can take from 6 months to 2 years to complete, depending on specific testing or education that may be required.

We hope that this information is helpful, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Registration Requirements for International Applicants

The following list of documents must be submitted to C.B.R.E.T., Inc. All submitted documents should be originals, or notarized copies, and in English. Only documents submitted in the English language can be assessed.

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Complete all sections of the Application for Assessment – Internationally Educated Electrophysiology Technologist. This can be found in the International Eligibility Application Forms Section.
Include:
- the Candidacy fee of $57.50 Canadian dollars (CAD).
- applicable non-refundable documentation assessment fee of $150.00 Canadian dollars (CAD).

A)Applicants with a minimum of 4000 hours (2 years full-time) clinical experience as an independent EEG technologist in their country of origin. Time spent in a student or trainee role DOES NOT COUNT towards the required minimum time.

Applicants must include:

  1. Documentation of education/training in EEG in the form of copies of college diploma, training, or registration certificates.
  2. Letters from employers documenting years of experience, including reference to the number of hours worked. The 4000-hour requirement must be met within 5 years of the date of application.
  3. Work placement in Canada and completion of a three-month apprenticeship in EEG in addition to a recommendation from an R.E.T. to support eligibility for the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. examinations. Applicants must be registered with C.B.R.E.T. as a candidate and notify the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. Registrar of the location and dates of the apprenticeship prior to the start of the three-month apprenticeship. Work placement is the sole responsibility of the applicant.

B)Applicants with less than 4000 hours of clinical experience in EEG in their country of origin:

In addition to the education and training requirements listed above, candidates with fewer than 4000 clinical hours must complete the following:

Personal recordings of 500 EEGs under the direct supervision of an R.E.T. in Canada as follows:

(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

Documentation of all these recordings must be contained in a logbook and must be individually signed off by the supervising R.E.T. This logbook must be presented at the practical examination.

 

 

If you have achieved registration in EEG technology with a professional association, society, or regulatory body from your country of origin, you will need to submit evidence of that registration. You should include a copy of your professional organization’s Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and Scope of Practice documents. If there is no established professional organization in your country, please contact the C.B.R.E.T. Registrar.

A letter of reference, attesting to your “good character” is required for candidacy. The reference letter should bear the printed and signed name of the referee, as well as their contact information.

Evidence of oral and written language proficiency in English is required.

CBRET English Language Proficiency Policy

Internationally trained electrophysiology technologists whose natural/native language IS NOT English are required to contact CBRET for assessment of their language proficiency.

Electrophysiology technologists who have received their education/training/work experience outside of Canada or in a primary language other than English will have their language equivalency assessed by one of the following criteria:

TOEFL = Test of English as a International Language : Overall score of 74 with a minimum score of 21 in speaking.

IELTS = International English Language Testing System : A minimum of 6.0 in each section. Must be from the academic needs testing.

CLBA = Canadian Language Benchmark Assessments : A minimum of 7 in each section.

MELA = Michener English Language Assessment : A minimum of 8 in reading, listening, and speaking and 7 in writing.

Training Program Requirements/Eligibility

Electroencephalograph (EEG) technologists in Canada are trained either through college-based diploma programs in electrophysiology or in-hospital based EEG training programs. In order for students to be eligible for the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. examinations, all training programs must obtain C.B.R.E.T. Inc. approval.

To obtain C.B.R.E.T., Inc. approval, all training programs must submit a detailed course syllabus for review by the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. Board of Directors. Submission must include the following: a detailed course outline which includes course structure, timetables, and lecture topics. The submitted materials will be cross-referenced to the CAET National Competency Profiles and C.B.R.E.T., Inc. approval granted on based on an adequate coverage of all aspects of the competency profiles. Additional requirements are as follows:

The training facility must have written confirmation from C.B.R.E.T., Inc. that they have been approved. Approval is subject to review at the discretion of the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. Board of Directors.

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The facility must be registered with C.B.R.E.T., Inc., as a training facility for one (1) year prior to a candidate’s eligibility for the written examination.

Training programs must be a minimum of two years in length and are subject to an application fee. Once approved, the training site agrees to have their names and contacts listed on the C.R.R.E.T., Inc. website and also must submit an updated syllabus every 3 years or as required by C.B.R.E.T.,Inc.

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Written Exam Eligibility

1. Completed the requirements for a candidate (refer to Candidate eligibility page)

2. Completed the TRAINING REQUIREMENTS as follows:

Practical/Clinical Examination Eligibility

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., R.E.T. and C.S.C.N. electroencephalographer in the same department.

ii) Personal recordings, under the 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 a board-certified R.E.T. supervisor of the department where the majority of recordings were performed, confirming that the required number of EEGs have been performed under their supervision.

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 logbook at the practical examination site.

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 the 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 logbook 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.

Complete and submit the practical/clinical examination application form along with applicable fees to the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. Registrar via cheque or PayPal.

Provide documentation of completion of the above requirements.

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 candidate's 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 within 6 weeks of exam completion or sooner.

Practical Examination Fees

Full Clinical/Practical Examination (Includes Practical, Oral, and 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

Registration for the clinical/practical examination must be completed and received by January 15th of each year.

Full refunds will be issued to candidates who notify the Registrar of their intention to withdraw by the established deadline.  Requests to withdraw must be received by August 15 for the fall exam, and March 1 for the spring exam. No refunds will be issued after these dates.

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 performed 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 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 EEG recording (12 years or younger) and one (1) adult 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 the following:

  • Normal background features/rhythms
  • Sleep features, if present
  • 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: a R.E.T. and a C.S.C.N. electroencephalographer during an additional 45 minutes.

The EEG recordings provided will be in digital format 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 the Competency Profile. Questions are asked by two (2) examiners: a R.E.T. and a C.S.C.N. electroencephalographer.

Candidates will receive the results by of the exam by email, as either a pass or fail, after all sections are completed. At a later date, successful candidates will receive a C.B.R.E.T., Inc. Registration Certificate and an official letter of notification. The decision of the examiners is final.

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.

References and Exam Content

1. Abou-Khalil, B., Misulis, K.E., Atlas of EEG and Seizure Semiology. Butterworth-
Heinemann, 2005.

2. Aminoff, M.J. (ed.) Electrodiagnosis in Clinical Neurology, 5th ed. Churchill Livingstone,
2005.

3. Altman, C. “Infection Control: 2000 Review and Update for Electroneurodiagnostic
Technologists.” American Journal of Electroneurodiagnostic Technology. 40(2) pp 73 –97, 2000.

4. Blume, WT., Kalibara., M., Young.,GB. Atlas of Adult Electroencephalography, 2nd
Edition. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2002.

5. Canadian Association of Electroneurophysiology Technologists Inc. Code of Ethics.CAET, 1994.

6. Canadian Association of Electroneurophysiology Technologists Minimal Technical Standards. CAET, 2016.

7. Canada’s National Occupations health and Safety Website. www.canoshweb.org

8. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. www.ccohs.ca

9. Ebersole, J.S. and Pedley, T.A. (eds.) Current Practice of Clinical Electroencephalography,
3rd Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2003.

10. Fisch, B.J. Fisch & Spehlmann’s EEG Primer: Basic Principles of Digital and Analog
EEG, 3rd Revised and Enlarged Edition. Elsevier. 1999.

11. Goldensohn E.S. (ed) et al Goldensohn’s EEG Interpretation: Problems of Overreading
and Underreading, 2nd Edition. Futura. 1999.

12. Health Canada Infection Control Guidelines (July 1999, Volume 25 S4). Routine Practices
and Additional Precautions for Preventing the Transmission of Infection in health Care.

13. Krass, G.L. and Fisher. R.S. The Johns Hopkins Atlas of Digital EEG: An Interactive
Guide. Johns Hopkins Press, 2007.

14. Misulis, K.E., Essentials of Clinical Neurophysiology, 2nd Edition. Butterworth-
Heinemann. 1997.

15. Mizrahi, E.M., Hrachovy, R.A., Kellaway, P. Atlas of Neonatal Electronencephalography,
5th ed. Urban and Schwarzenberg, 2004.

16. Donald L. Schomer and Fernando H. Lopes Da Silva,. Neidermeyer’s Electroencephalography: Basic Principles, Clinical Applications and Related Fields, 6th edition. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. 2011.

17. Noachtar, S., Wyllie, E. Electroencephalographic Atlas of Epileptiform Abnormalities in the
Treatment of Epilepsy: Practice & Principles. 4th Edition., 2006: 183-214.

18. Office of the Privacy Commission of Canada www.privcom.ca

19. Purtilo, Ruth. Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions. 3rd edition. 1999.

20. Purtilo, R., and Haddad, A. Health Professional and Patient Interaction. 5th edition. 1996.

21. Stern, JM., Engel, J. Jr. Atlas of EEG Patterns. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2004

22. Tatum, W.O., Husain, A.M. Benbadis, S.R., Kaplan, P.W., Handbook of EEG
Interpretation. Demos, 2007.

23. Wyllie, E., Gupta, A., Lachhwani, D.K. (eds.) The Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practice, 4th Ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.

24. Guidelines for Visual-Sensitive EEG Testing Prepared by a Task Force* of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists Can. J. Neurol. Sci. 2008; 35: 133-135

25. American Clinical Neurophysiology Society Guidelines in Electroencephalography,
Evoked Potentials, and Polysomnography. www.acns.org. 2006.

TECHNOLOGY

Electrode application:

  • 10-20 measuring system technique and theoretical basis
  • extra electrode positions (10-10 and auxiliary electrodes)
  • measuring technique for asymmetrical heads and surgical scars
  • properties of electrodes, polarized and non-polarized metals
  • measuring electrode impedance
  • desirable electrode impedance values

EEG Machine:

  • functions of the preamplifier
  • differential amplifier
  • effects of input impedance

Digital EEG concepts and instrumentation, including:

  • Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC)
  • sample rate
  • Nyquist’s theorem
  • sample skew
  • ADC precision (vertical resolution)
  • aliasing
  • system reference electrode
  • digital filters
  • reformatting montages and screen display.
  • basic computer components (i.e. CPU, RAM, networking etc.) and their function(s)
  • archiving, retrieval and printing
  • understanding of common mode rejection and factors that affect it
  • high and Low frequency filters and their response curves
  • calculation of sensitivity values
  • Indication for varied time scales

Polarity:

  • EEG convention
  • cancellation
  • localization on referential and bipolar montages
  • advantages and disadvantages of bipolar and referential montages

Artifacts:

  • environmental, mechanical, and physiological causes
  • recognition, localization and elimination of artifacts
  • placement of electrodes and indications for monitoring of respiration, eye movements, and muscle jerks or twitches

Electronics:

  • Ohm’s Law
  • calculation of resistance, voltage and current in series or parallel circuits
  • properties of individual electronic components (e.g. Resistor, capacitor, voltage sources, transistors) Capacitance, electromagnetism, and induction. Properties of a good conductor

Electrical Safety:

  • understanding of the ground electrode
  • ground loops
  • leakage current
  • CSA acceptable levels of leakage current
  • recognition of electrically susceptible patients, and prevention of electrocution

The Normal EEG:

  • descriptive features and identification of waveforms in the normal, waking, and sleep EEG of adults and children
  • normal variants
  • basic Neonatal EEG.
  • maturation of the EEG from infancy to old age

Hyperventilation:

  • method and mechanism
  • metabolic changes
  • normal and abnormal responses at all ages
  • Indications and contraindications

Photic Stimulation:

  • normal and abnormal responses
  • photoparoxysmal and photomyogenic response
  • indications/contraindications
  • type of disease process activated by photic stimulation

Sleep:

  • sleep stages
  • the use of sleep as an activator
  • the normal sleep cycle
  • narcolepsy, cataplexy, sleep apnea, and night terrors
  • neonatal sleep stages

Clinical EEG:

The use of and EEG findings in the investigation of:

  • epilepsy
  • tumors, infections
  • head injuries
  • coma
  • encephalopathy’s
  • cerebrovascular disease
  • psychiatry
  • dementia
  • anoxia
  • metabolic and toxic conditions

Specific Patterns:

  • Alpha coma
  • burst suppression
  • triphasic waves
  • Periodic Epileptiform Discharges (PEDs)

Electrocerebral Silence:

  • Definition
  • minimum technical requirements
  • identification and elimination of artifacts
  • Causes of transient ECS

EKG

  • basic morphology of the ECG/EKG complex
  • Tachycardia/bradycardia/arrhythmia
  • Asystole
  • “R” wave artifact in the EEG caused by EKG

Seizures:

  • knowledge of the International Classification of Seizures
  • clinical expression/seizure semiology of all generalized, focal and secondarily generalized seizures
  • anatomical localization of seizure symptoms
  • activation procedures indicated for common seizure types
  • care of the patient during a seizure
  • aura
  • Todd’s paralysis
  • psychogenic non-epileptic seizures
  • Epilepsia Partialis Continua
  • Status Epilepticus

BASIC NEUROLOGY:

Clinical and EEG features of the following conditions:

  • migraine headaches
  • vascular disease such as stroke, and transient ischemic attacks
  • degenerative diseases including Alzheimers, Jacob Creutzfeldt, white and grey matter degeneration
  • coma
  • drug overdose
  • syncope
  • hydrocephalus
  • tumors
  • metastatic disease
  • brain abscess
  • encephalitis
  • meningitis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Reye’s Syndrome
  • S.S.P.E.
  • Tuberous Sclerosis.
  • upper motor neuron vs lower motor neuron signs

Neuroanatomy:

  • Gross anatomy of the head and neck
  • Lobes and main fissures of the cerebral hemispheres and their relation to the skull and scalp
  • Anatomical correlates with the 10-20 system routine and extra electrode positions
  • The main subcortical structures including the cerebellum, brain stem and spinal cord
  • Cortical areas concerned with motor, sensory and speech functions
  • Arterial and venous supply of the brain
  • Knowledge of the location and function of the cranial nerves
  • The formation and circulation route of cerebro-spinal fluid
  • The meninges.
  • Basic knowledge of the structure of the neuron, action potentials, synaptic potentials, inhibitory and excitatory potentials
  • Properties of the neuromuscular junction

Medications:

The indication, toxicity and effect on the EEG of:

  • anti-seizure medications
  • barbiturates
  • tranquilizers
  • sedatives
  • contraindications to sedation

Included in the Competency Profile:

  • Legislation, Standards, Ethics
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Professionalism, Professional Accountability and Responsibility
  • Workplace Health and Safety (WHIMS) including Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), Infection Control
  • Patient Care Fundamentals
  • Patient Assessment
  • Equipment
  • Standard Recordings
  • Customization and Adaptation of recordings
  • Analysis and reporting

TECHNOLOGY

1.What is the voltage of a spike that measures 15mm peak to peak at sensitivity  10uV/mm?
a) 1.5 uV
b) 5 uV
c) 15 uV
d) 50 uV
e) 150 uV

2. Using the 10 – 20 International Measuring system, the distance transversely between
F7 and F8 is 22 cm. What will be the distance between F4 and F3?
a) 2.2 cm
b) 4.4 cm
c) 5.5 cm
d) 11 cm
e) 16.5 cm

3. Constant use of a High Frequency filter setting of 15 Hz during a normal wake and
sleep record other than reducing muscle artifact, would
a) Decrease the frequency of beta.
b) Decrease the frequency of alpha.
c) Cause no change in any activity of brain origin.
d) Decrease the amplitude of beta and sleep spindles.
e) Decrease the amplitude of drowsy theta and hyperventilation build-up.

CLINICAL EEG AND ACTIVATION PROCEDURES

4. The degree of EEG response to hyperventilation will NOT be influenced by
a) age
b) gender
c) posture
d) blood sugar
e) degree of gas exchange

5. A patient has seizures beginning with numbness of the left hand. The electrode positions
most likely to record its origin are
a) C4 and F4
b) C4 and T4
c) C4 and P4
d) Cz and P4
e) Cz and C4

6. Cerebral infarction can produce all of the following EEG abnormalities EXCEPT
a) LPEDs
b) Focal theta
c) Small sharp spikes
d) Depression of sleep spindles unilaterally
e) Focal diminution of voltage of cerebral activity

7 . The technologist arrives in ICU to record the EEG. He has been told Mr. D is in room 15. The patient does not respond when his name is called. To confirm the patient’s identity, the technologist should:
a) Ensure names on patient chart and requisition match.
b) Ensure names on patient wristband and requisition match.
c) Ask the attending nurse to confirm patient’s name.
d) Ensure the names on patient room and requisition match.

CLINICAL EPILEPSY, NEUROLOGY, ANATOMY, MEDICATIONS

8. A lesion in the right optic tract will result in a loss of vision in
a) the left eye
b) the right eye
c) both nasal fields
d) the left visual field
e) the right visual field

*The examination content and sample multiple choice questions are offered as reference material

Hospital-Based Training Programs:

Candidates must have a period of ONE (1) YEAR (plus or minus two (2) weeks from the exam date) of training in a C.B.R.E.T., Inc., approved training facility. The candidate must include a letter from their supervising C.B.R.E.T., Inc. R.E.T. and a supporting letter from the C.S.C.N. certified electroencephalographer stating that all the requirements of training have been fulfilled.

College-Based Training Programs:

Successful completion of a minimum 2 year C.B.R.E.T., Inc. approved diploma program in electrophysiology. Candidates must include a copy of their transcript from the electrophysiology courses completed and a copy of their diploma or equivalent, which indicates successful completion of the program.

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RECIPROCITY

C.B.R.E.T., Inc. does not have reciprocal training arrangements with any other country or any Internet-based training sites or distance education programs. Only approved Canadian training sites are acceptable. EEG training received outside Canada may be accepted towards eligibility into the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. Please refer to the International Candidates Assessment section for details.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION DATE AND PLACE

The Written Examination is offered twice per year at a variety of locations across Canada.

Fall Examination Session

The written exam is held on the third Monday of September in eleven (11) cities across Canada: Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Charlottetown, and St. John’s. The exam is usually held at a university or hospital in each city and is proctored by a volunteer. Candidates are notified of the exact time and location of the examinations 3-4 weeks in advance of the exam date.

Spring Examination Session

A second sitting of the written examination is held in conjunction with the oral examination held in the spring of each year. The spring sitting of the written examination is only offered at the location where the oral examination is being held, either at a western or eastern Site. Applicants must have paid and been accepted as a candidate by July 1 of the previous year.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION APPLICATION PROCEDURE

You must be registered as a C.B.R.E.T., Inc. candidate prior to the exam. Please see the ‘Candidate Eligibility’ page. This time period may be re-evaluated at the discretion of the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. Registrar.

Complete a written exam application form available in the Written Exam Application section.

Provide proof of educational and training requirements.

Forward the completed written examination application form, proof of education and training requirements, and the exam fee either by cheque or by PayPal to the Registrar before the July 1st deadline.

Joanne Nikkel R.E.T., R(NCT)T
Clinical Neurophysiology Dept
Health Sciences Center
Room GE241A –
820 Sherbrook St.,
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9

Ph: (204) 787-5122
Fax: (204) 787-1486

Email:cbretregistrar@gmail.com

Applicants must be current members of the Canadian Association of Electroneurophysiology Technologists (CAET Inc). Please contact the CAET Secretary/Treasurer for membership information: www.caet.org

REGISTRATION DEADLINES and FEES

Persons who have received training in Canada must register as a candidate by November 15 for the following September written examination. Persons who wish to take part in all the exams in the spring session must register as a candidate by July 1 of the preceding year. (this is approximately nine months prior to the desired exam.)

CBRET, Inc. Exam Candidate Fee $57.50
Registration for the fall written exam session must be completed and received by July 1st of each year.

The registration deadline for the spring exam session is January 15th of each year.

Written Examination Fee - $345.00
Late Application Penalty - $100.00

Please note there is a late application penalty of $100 for candidates who miss the exam registration deadline. Applications received more than 2 weeks after the deadline will not be accepted.

REFUNDS

Full refunds will be issued to candidates who notify the Registrar of their intention to withdraw by the established deadlines. Requests to withdraw must be received by August 15 for the fall exam, and March 1 for the spring exam. No refunds will be issued after these dates.

WRITTEN EXAM FORMAT

The C.B.R.E.T., Inc. Written Examination is a three (3) hour, 170 question multiple-choice exam. Each question has only one (1) correct answer. The exam incorporates the 2016 CAET Competency profile (see references).
The Passing Grade is 70 %.

REPORT OF RESULTS

All candidates are notified of a pass/fail within six (6) weeks of the exam date. Absolute marks are not disclosed but candidates are informed of their strengths and weaknesses in the competencies.

FAILURE OF THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION

A candidate who fails the written exam may reapply and repeat the exam within two (2) years, by completing a second written examination application form and submitting the examination fee prior to the deadline.
In the event a candidate fails the written examination three (3) times:

  • 1 they must wait a minimum of two (2) years
  • 2 reapply to become a C.B.R.E.T., Inc. candidate
  • 3 show proof of further training in EEG. A letter from the candidate’s supervisory technologist is required documenting the additional training received.

technologist is required documenting the additional training received.
In the event a candidate wishes to appeal their exam result, refer to the Exam Appeal Process.

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CBRET Exam Appeal Process

Training Program Approval Fee:

All training programs seeking approval by C.B.R.E.T. Inc. must pay a $500 fee to fund the cross-referencing of the program’s course syllabus to the Competency Profiles. This fee is not retroactive to those programs already approved by C.B.R.E.T. Inc before 2008.

Hospital-Based Programs:

Must include 10 hours of structured learning per week for students in training

Have at least one (1) C.B.R.E.T., Inc., registered technologist.

Have a full time or major part-time electroencephalographer who is an M.D. and a certified member of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (C.S.C.N.).

College Diploma Programs:

Diploma program must include a minimum of 500 hours of EEG instruction.