Your path to EKG certification

Your path to EKG certification

Certified EKG Technician (CET)

Earning your CET credentials will help you:

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Fulfill employer requirements

87% of employers require or encourage certification for EKG technicians.
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Access better career opportunities

The average EKG technician runs 13 tests a day.
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Maximize earning potential

An EKG technician's salary ranges from $29,340–$93,100, according to the BLS in 2019.
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Enhance knowledge
and skills

Professionalism and dependability are the most important soft skills employers are looking for, when hiring an EKG technician.

Certified EKG technicians make a difference every day

By administering EKGs — testing the electronic activity of the heart through small electrode patches attached to the body — you'll be making a life-changing difference, helping people of all ages prevent and treat heart disease. As an EKG tech, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
  • Set up and administer EKGs (electrocardiograms) and stress tests
  • Prepare patients for Holter or ambulatory monitoring
  • Edit and deliver final test results to physicians for analysis
  • Schedule appointments
  • Transcribe physicians' interpretations
NHA partners with educators and employers across the United States to educate, train and certify EKG technicians. Find an open job near you to start your journey toward this rewarding and in-demand career.
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87% of employers require or encourage certification for EKG technicians. 
(Source: 2020 Industry Outlook)

CET exam eligibility

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Possess a high school diploma
or GED/high school equivalency

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Completed an EKG technician training or
education program within the last 5 years

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Possess a high school diploma
or GED/high school equivalency

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1 year of supervised work experience in a EKG technician field within the last 3 years; or 2 years of supervised work experience in a EKG technician field within the last 5 years

I chose to be NHA certified because it's a great start to an even greater career. Mercedes Osborne, CET, CPT

5 steps to EKG certification


  1. Apply for your exam

    Create a free NHA account online, anytime, and submit your Certified EKG Technician (CET) exam application through your account portal.

  2. Set a date

    Select the date and location–online or in-person–for your exam. (An exam fee payment is required during this step.)

  3. Prepare, prepare, prepare

    Time to study! We're here to support you. We have study materials available, including an interactive study guide and EKG practice test.

  4. Take the exam

    You'll take the two-hour exam either at your school, a PSI testing center near you, or through live remote proctoring at the location of your choice. 

  5. Get your results

    For online exams, NHA will officially post your certification results to your account page within two days of scoring your test.

Is your school or employer sponsoring your exam?

When you create your NHA account, be sure to select your organization type, school or training center, or employer in order to:

  • Access any pre-purchased materials or exams available to you
  • Take advantage of possible discounts
  • Share your exam results with your school or employer

Ready to get your certification?

Prepare for your NHA Certified EKG Technician (CET) Certification Exam

Access proven CET exam preparation materials that are designed to help you succeed.

*The purchase of NHA exam preparation materials is not required to sit for any NCCA-accredited certification exam and use does not guarantee a passing score on an exam. All NHA exams are NCCA-accredited.

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Renew your certification

Keeping your certification current is a small investment (just $7 per month!) that can help you achieve your healthcare career goals.


Certifications must be renewed every two years


There is no penalty for renewing early


Before your expiration date:

  • Complete 10 continuing education credits
  • Pay your recertification fee

If your certification has expired, you have 1 year to reinstate it

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Continuing Education
  • 10 Continuing Education (CE) credits are required every two years to maintain certification
  • NHA's continuing education courses are free to current certification holders
  • You can complete your 10 CE credits any time prior to your certification expiration and our CE library is available online 24/7
  • Our CE library is continuously updated so you can learn the latest protocols and techniques

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