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

8th 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

September 2021, on-line examination (exact date to be announced)


The Examination

The examination will consist of two components.

The ESRS Textbook (2021 edition!!!) and the 2020 AASM Scoring Manual Version Version 2.6 are the recommended reading for this examination. With the launch of the 2020 edition of the Textbook a reading list from the Textbook will be provided.


Due to technical reasons the two parts of the examination will be done in one on-line examination environment.

According to practical experiences in our previous on-line examinations, the ESRS decided not to have a fixed time for answering the theoretical part and practical part. You start with the theoretical part and will be forwarded to the practical part after having submitted the theoretical  part.

As some of you will be quicker in one or the other part, you will have an over-all time of 225 minutes (105 minutes theoretical part + 120 minutes for the practical part) to answer the questions of both parts.

First part:

The first part will be a written test, consisting of 70 multiple-choice questions to be completed on-site.

28 questions will be related to chapter 2 (Assessment of sleep disorders and diagnostic procedures) and the other

42 questions will be related to topics from chapters 1, 3 - 15 of the ESRS Textbook.

For more informations please check the update:

Update: Penzel et al. Sleep medicine catalogue of knowledge and skills – Revision. J. Sleep Research (2021)  30,  https://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.13394

The pass mark is 60%. 

Second part:

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 displayed on your monitor.

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%.  

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, Paypal or bank transfer)

(*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 € 400.- EUR (included is a non-refundable 90.- EUR administration fee, payable on submission of the application).


Online Application

The online application will be open from January 15, 2021 – February 28,  2021.


Acceptance of your application

You will be notified regarding the acceptance of your application by mid-April 2021.


ESRS Examination in Sleep Medicine Grants (this program is supendend for 2021)

The ESRS Board is pleased to announce a program of travel grants related to the ESRS Examination in Sleep Medicine to support participants within Europe. Applications for this program will be accepted together with your exam application from January 15 - February 28, 2021.


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 free of charge and without a renewed applicationdate one more time. The roll-overs are required to confirm their participation by email.
For any questions please contact:

Axel Wiechmann
ESRS Sleep Medicine Examinations Office
Günzstr. 4, 3059 Regensburg, Germany
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  ESRS Textbook

(The 2014 edition of the ESRS Textbook was the main recommende reading for all examination from 2015 - 2020. For the 2021 examintion in Sleep Medicine the new, soon expected 2021 edition of the Textbook will be the main reading. If you are going to sit the 2021 examination, please wait with your order for the release of the edition!).