Spirometry Course
Combined Online + Workshop

This program has been reviewed and is endorsed by:

The Spirometry course will teach individuals how to conduct quality spirometry including: knowledge of spirometers, understanding of the ATS/ERS standards for spirometry, quality control, patient instruction and basic interpretation of the results.

Canadian and international consensus guidelines for the management of asthma and COPD call for routine use of spirometry for the diagnosis and appropriate management of these diseases. In order to meet the need for more access to quality spirometry, RESPTREC® course launched a Spirometry course in 2009. The goal of the course is to improve diagnosis and management of chronic respiratory diseases by increasing access to quality spirometry.

The Spirometry course takes 4 months to complete. The course components include:

  1. Online Learning
    • Learners will be given a login and password to access the online learning component
    • Prior to attending the one-day workshop learners must complete the following in the online learning center:
      • Required readings
      • Pre-workshop quiz (no pass mark required)
  2. One-day Workshop
    • Workshop provides hands-on application and practical training to learn how to conduct quality spirometry
    • Attendance is mandatory
    • Workshops are conducted in many locations across Canada
  3. Post-workshop
    • Learners are required to complete a post-workshop quiz (70% pass mark required)
    • Learners are required to submit 15 spirometry tests for marking (5 per month for 3 months)

All of the above components must be fulfilled in order to receive a diploma. As with other educational institutions, our program requires that each learner complete assignments independently. Plagiarism, the use of material received or purchased from another person or prepared by any person other than the individual claiming to be the author, will result in an incomplete program status. (Adapted from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Policies and Regulations, 2007)

Participants must meet the following entrance criteria:

  • Be employed in a setting where spirometry is routinely performed
  • Must be working with or under the supervision of a physician(s) who is able to interpret the spirometry results
  • Have some knowledge of medical terminology and procedures
  • Be willing to provide spirometry results for feedback

If there is a question regarding met criteria, acceptance to the program will be made on an individual basis and at the discretion of the RESPTREC® Management committee.

The course learning objectives and curriculum outline were established by a national expert committee with representation of key groups: Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS), Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (CRHP), Family Physicians Airways Group of Canada (FPAGC), the Lung Association and various disciplines, in addition to expertise in: guidelines development, technical skills, teaching, and conducting spirometry. The Lung Association of Saskatchewan is responsible for administering the course.

RESPTREC® is indebted to the Spirometry course Expert Development Committee for their contributions.

Expert Committee

  • Allan Coates, MC, CM, Eng (Elect)
  • Robert Cowie, MB ChB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM
  • Brian Graham, PhD
  • Jan Haffner, BPT, CRE
  • Alan Kaplan, MD, CCFP(EM), Chair - FPAGC
  • Marion Laroque, RRT, CRE, RCPT(P)
  • Dilshad Moosa, B.Sc., RRT, CRE
  • Donna Rennie, PhD (Epidemiology), RN, CAE
  • Jeremy Road, MD, FRCPC
  • Laura Seed, RCPT(P)
  • Pat Steele, RN, RCPT (P) CRE
  • Amin Thawer, RRT, CRE

External Reviewers

  • John Hankinson, PhD
  • Paul Enright, MD

Faculty Training

  • Dr. Bob Crapo

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