As you may already know EBAss in association with the European Baromedical College (EBC) has launched a European Hyperbaric accreditation scheme; this scheme became active in January 2010.  This scheme will provide certification of hyperbaric personnel to three levels; European Certified Hyperbaric chamber Operator ECHCO or European  Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse (ECHRN) & European  Certified Hyperbaric Registered Intensive Care Nurse (ECHRNIC) and will be proof that personnel who successfully complete the examinations have demonstrated competence in their chosen field.  The examination of the candidate is in two steps: theory and practical. The theory examination is based on multiple choice questions as compiled by ECB/EBAss.  All questions will be at the required level for the qualification according to Pathways to EBAss/ECB Hyperbaric Certification.

Before progressing to the practical examination, the candidate needs to achieve at least 70% for the theory examination.  The practical examination will involve a practical situation/problem that the candidate will be required to solve. The recommended situations are listed by EBAss which can be found in the resource manual.  Following successful completion of the above the candidate can apply for certification of the ECB/EBAss. Successful candidates will be able to use this certification to prove competence when applying for positions in hyperbaric treatment centres throughout Europe.  Please follow the link below to attempt the EBAss/EBC European Certified  Hyperbaric Chamber Operator (ECHCO) practice examination; once the examination is complete (it is only 15 questions) we would very much value your feedback using the form that is available on completion of the test.  All questions for the test have been taken from the EBAss/ECHM Resources Manual, the European Code of Good Practice for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, European Norms or the Handbook for Hyperbaric Medicine (Daniel Mathieu).

Peter Atkey
President committee Accreditation  
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