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The EPIC Diploma™ program (European Paediatric / Neonatal Intensive Care Diploma™) is a peer-developed, consensus standard, following best practices of Council of European Specialist Medical Examinations (CESMA) - and advisory board of The European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). EPIC Diploma™ offers a straightforward, two-part pathway to Board certification. The purpose of the program is to harmonize and improve quality standards for safe, independent practice in paediatric and neonatal intensive care in Europe and elsewhere.

 When and where is the exam?

When will you be ready—and where is convenient for you?

Exams are administered by appointment at secure, computer-based test sites around the world. Click here to find a test centre that is ideally located for you.

AFTER you apply (see below) and are deemed “Eligible,” you will be able to schedule your exam; appointment availability varies by test centre.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Please download and review the EPIC Diploma™ Applicant Guide

This details the eligibility requirements for Part 1 and Part 2 of the EPIC Diploma Program—including the eligibility track for Advanced Nurse Practitioners and other high-level Allied Health Professionals. The Applicant Guide also contains detailed information about the exam format, content, testing procedures, scoring, authoritative references, recertification requirements, etc.

How do I apply?

After reviewing the Applicant Guideplease click here to complete the online application.

You can apply for Part 1 only, Part 2 only (if you have already passed Part 1), or both Part 1 and Part 2.

What are the exam fees? 

EPIC Diploma Exam Fees – Part 1

 ESPNIC Member with a current residence address in a country with a High-Income economy

 495 EUR

Nonmember with a current residence address in a country with a High-Income economy

 725 EUR

ESPNIC Member with a current residence address in a country with a Low-Income, Lower-Middle-Income, or Upper-Middle-Income economy

 345 EUR

Nonmember with a current residence address in a country with a Low-Income, Lower-Middle-Income, or Upper-Middle-Income economy

 595 EUR

EPIC Diploma Exam Fees – Part 2

ESPNIC Member with a current residence address in a country with a High-Income economy

 395 EUR

Nonmember with a current residence address in a country with a High-Income economy

 625 EUR

ESPNIC Member with a current residence address in a country with a Low-Income, Lower-Middle-Income, or Upper-Middle-Income economy

 265 EUR

Nonmember with a current residence address in a country with a Low-Income, Lower-Middle-Income, or Upper-Middle-Income economy

 465 EUR

Country economy classifications are at http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income.   

What study resources are offered to help me prepare for the exam?

  • Your primary resource is the EPIC Diploma™ Applicant Guide, which provides the detailed exam specifications (topical content outline) and a comprehensive list of all authoritative references for the exam questions.
  • ESPNIC has established an EPIC Diploma Candidate Study Group, to empower eligible candidates to share knowledge, work with mentors, and network with peers who also plan to take the exam. Candidates will be invited to the online Study Group upon being notified that they are eligible.
  • You can (but are not required to) purchase an EPIC Diploma™ Practice Test, as a study tool. The practice test is internet-based, so you can take it any time, anywhere that you have access to a supported device and an internet connection.

Please note that the practice test is not intended to be an exact replica of the actual exam, and candidates should not rely on the practice test as an absolute guide to the actual exam or as a predictor of their performance on the actual exam.

While there are fewer test questions on the practice test than on the actual exam, the exam items on the practice test are organized along approximately the same topical domains as the exam items on the actual EPIC Diploma exam, and the practice test items have been vetted through the same rigorous process of quality control and quality assurance as the actual exam items.

The Practice Test is EUR 105 for Part 1, and EUR 105 for Part 2 (EUR 210 for both).  You can purchase a Practice Test by clicking here.

  • ESPNIC is organizing customized education seminars to fill any gaps between local training opportunities and the eligibility requirements and topical exam content of the EPIC Diploma (Part 1 and Part 2). If you would like ESPNIC to plan a course in your region, please email us at epic@espnic-online.org and let us know which topics would be needed by you and other EPIC Diploma candidates in your region.

If you have any questions about the EPIC Diploma program, eligibility requirements, application process, preparatory resources, or exam logistics, please email us at epic@espnic-online.org. We are very happy to answer your questions and to help you prepare to be successful in your pursuit of the EPIC Diploma!   

Who is pursuing the EPIC Diploma?

Paediatric / neonatal intensive care physicians, advanced nurse practitioners, and other high-level allied health professionals just like you, from all around the world.

Here are some interesting facts and figures about the demographic diversity of our EPIC Diploma applicants.

Average Age of Applicants: 40.6

Applicants’ Years of Experience 

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