As of 2015, the approximate cost of obtaining EKG interpretation certification is $629. However, the cost may exceed $1,000, depending on the institution the student chooses to attend and the length of the training program.
An EKG interpretation certificate program teaches students how to read electrocardiograms, which are tests that check for abnormalities in the electrical activity of the heart. Certification programs usually take about nine months to complete and include instruction in heart anatomy and health as well as training in reading EKGs. Most programs also include externship practice during which time students practice reading EKGs in hospitals or other real-life medical settings.