Adult Critical care echocardiography accreditation (ACCE)

Adult critical care echocardiography (ACCE) accreditation is the product of years of successful collaboration between the British Society of Echocardiography and the Intensive Care Society, recognising the need for intensive care practitioners to be able to perform transthoracic echocardiograms to inform management of critically unwell patients.

A bespoke training syllabus reflects the patient cohort and the clinical questions unique to critical care echocardiography, and seeks to empower bedside clinicians to use the diagnostic power of echocardiography in their acute assessments and day to day care.

Candidates will need to find a mentor to guide them through the process, they do not need to be BSE accredited. For more information on mentors, see the accreditation pack.

Written Exam

  • Download the accreditation pack to view the full training syllabus
  • The exam will be held at Pearson Vue test centres across the UK, Republic of Ireland and some overseas locations.
  • It consists of 2 parts, an MCQ theory section and an image reporting section. You must pass both parts to pass the overall exam.
  • For more information please download the accreditation pack or go to our written exam webpage

Practical Exam

  • The candidate will be required to collect 250 logbook cases before registering for the exam, then on the day the exam consists of a practical scanning assessment and a viva assessment of five patient case studies.
  • For more information please download the accreditation pack or go to our practical exam webpage

Following successful completion, accreditation is valid for five years.