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

5th 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 24th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society


The examination will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

Premium lounge in the football stadium FC Basel, St. Jakob-Park, St. Jakobs-Strasse 395, 4052 Basel

Exact time is to be announced!


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)


Other candidates that feel they may fulfil the eligibility criteria, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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 February 15, 2018 – April 15, 2018.


Acceptance of your application

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

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

Additional readings for the ESRS Examination in Sleep Medicine for Somnologists

Please note that these additional readings are not necessary for the technologist examination!!!!!

The examination committee agreed to recommend the articles below as additional readings reading for the pediatric part of the examination. The five articles are the minimum reading. The five papers are linked to the examination questions of this part.

1. L Marcus, Carole & Brooks, Lee & A Draper, Kari & Gozal, David & Halbower, Ann & Jones, Jacqueline & S Schechter, Michael & Howard Sheldon, Stephen & Spruyt, Karen & Ward, Sally & Lehmann, Christoph & Shiffman, Richard. (2012). Diagnosis and Management of Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. Pediatrics. doi 130. 576-84. 10.1542/peds.2012-1672.

2. D.L. Picchietti et al./Sleep Medicine 14 (2013) 1253–1259, Pediatric restless legs syndrome diagnostic criteria: an update by the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group, doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2013.08.778

3. Irwin Feinberg, Ian G. Campbell/Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 304: R296–R303, 2013, Longitudinal sleep EEG trajectories indicate complex patterns of adolescent brain maturation, doi 10.1152/ajpgi.00422.2012

4. Conway, Anne & Miller, Alison & Modrek, Anahid. (2016). Testing Reciprocal Links Between Trouble Getting to Sleep and Internalizing Behavior Problems, and Bedtime Resistance and Externalizing Behavior Problems in Toddlers. Child Psychiatry & Human Development. doi 48. 10.1007/s10578-016-0692-x.

5. Bruni, Oliviero & Sette, Stefania & Angriman, Marco & Baumgartner, Emma & Selvaggini, Lara & Belli, Cristina & Ferri, Raffaele. (2018). Clinically Oriented Subtyping of Chronic Insomnia of Childhood. The Journal of Pediatrics. doi 196. 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.01.036.


Sleep Disorders in Children ,Nevšímalová, Soňa, Bruni, Oliviero (Eds.), Springer 2017, link to the book

For all those, who want to get a broader overwiew of the common sleep disorders in infancy, early childhood and adolescence:


May 09, 2018