The European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) Board is pleased to announce the

6th Examination of Certification in Sleep Medicine for Sleep Technologists.

Please find the requirements and basic credentials as well as information about the application process below.


Time and Place

during the Sleep & Breathing Conference 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Aix-Marseille University, Site Timone, 27 Boulevard Jean Moulin, 133385 Marseille, Amphitheater no. 5


The Examination

The examination will consist of two components.

The ESRS Textbook and 2017 AASM Scoring Manual Version 2.4 are the recommended reading for this examination.


The first part will be a written test, consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions to be completed on-site.

23 questions will be related to chapter B (Sleep Diagnostics) and the other

27 questions will be related to topics from chapters A, C-J of the ESRS Textbook.

The pass mark is 60%. This part lasts 75 minutes.


The second part of the examination will focus on practical skills. This part will involve sleep staging, event scoring and interpreting 2 excerpts from PSG recordings and also a full MSLT recording. All consecutive 30-second epochs will be printed on paper.

Regarding all scoring tasks successful candidates must achieve an 85% concordance with the panel of experts. The overall passmark of the practical examination is 60%. This part lasts 120 minutes.


Both parts must be successfully passed in order to qualify for certification.



Technologists, nurses, and other sleep professionals that wish to take the examination should:


Possess one of the following: a degree in science, psychology, nursing or similar; RPSGT qualification or equivalent national qualification/registration. Applicants who do not match these criteria must provide formal evidence of training, qualifications and professional development activities equivalent to degree/RPSGT level (e.g. diploma, professional certification, course certificates).

Have at least 5 years post graduate experience in performing, scoring and analysing polysomnography and Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) and Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) procedures, polygraphy and actigraphy studies.

Have experience in the diagnostic procedures and management of a full range of sleep disorders

Have a very good knowledge of sleep physiology and pathophysiology obtained through recognised and accredited sleep education courses and meetings, particularly those recognised and accredited by national and international sleep societies.

Please note, the examination and instructions will be in English, therefore candidates must have a good command of English.


In addition applicants should:

*Be proposed for eligibility for the exam by the clinical director of their sleep centre or a member in good standing with the ESRS who can vouch for their experience.

*Submit a detailed CV with relevant education and employment history plus scanned copies of relevant qualifications, and meeting attendance certificates as above.

Be a current ESRS member (if you are not an ESRS member please visit www.esrs.eu/membership-services/join-now.html)

Pay the examination fee (payment will be made by using a credit card that is recognised and accepted by Paypal or your personal Paypal account)



(*Please prepare the above-mentioned documents before starting the application. The documents can be uploaded as PDF-files or JPEG-files within the Online Application. Any other file formats f.ex. MS WORD-files will be automatically rejected by the online application system. The name of the PDF-file must include the name of the applicant and the content of the document. We recommend putting all documents in one pdf-file. The size of the PDF-file should not exceed 1 MB)


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The Qualification

The successful candidates will have the ESRS qualification title of ”Somnologist – Technologist” conferred on them.


Examination Fee

The examination fee is € 375.- (included is a non-refundable € 90.- administration fee, payable on submission of the application).


Online Application

The online application will be open from September 15, 2018 – November 15, 2018.


Acceptance of your application

You will be notified regarding the acceptance of your application by mid-December 2018.


Repeating or shifting the examination

All those, who missed the examination passmark in one or two parts of the examination are allowed to repeat the missed part(s) of the examination at the next examination date free of charge and without a renewed application. The repeaters are required to confirm their participation by email.

Any accepted applicant, who can't sit the examination for personal reasons is allowed to postpone the participation to the next available examination date one time, free of charge and without a renewed application. The roll-overs are required to confirm their participation by email.


For any questions please contact:

Axel Wiechmann
ESRS Sleep Medicine Examinations Office
Andreasstr. 4, 3059 Regensburg, Germany
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Phone: +49 941 69633419

September 30,2019

Sorry, but we have to postpone the Dublin examination to a later date.


May 08, 2019

The ESRS starts a pilot project in order to facilitate the access to ESRS Examination in Sleep Medicine for Technologists. In April 2020 we will conduct an examination in Dublin, Ireland. For all interested applicants, don't hesitate to contact us.


May 02, 2019

The certificates are shipped now!


April 15, 2019

We are working hard on the evaluation of the Marseille examination. According to seasonal holidays on April 19 and April 22, it takes a bit longer to send you the provisional results. We think it should be at least on April 27, 2019!