Respiratory Sleep Certified Training Programme


The aim of this programme is to train respiratory professionals at a post-specialty or post-graduate level in respiratory sleep medicine. The two-part programme will guide learners through the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to obtain certification in the main respiratory sleep topics. Five independent modules are available:

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Central sleep apnoea
  • Hypoventilation syndromes
  • CPAP and NIV
  • Diagnostic techniques

Target audience

All health professionals working in respiratory sleep medicine are eligible to follow this training. Part 2 participants must additionally have access to a sleep laboratory or patients within their institution.


Programme overview

Participants can register for one or several of the five topic modules. Each module is divided into two parts, both of which are assessed and certified. Participants must successfully complete Part 1 of a module to be eligible to register for Part 2.


Part 1 of the training programme provides participants with the opportunity to gain or update their knowledge and basic skills in a specific topic or technique. Key guidelines, readings and learning resources will be provided for preparation. Participants will then need to attend a dedicated session at the Sleep and Breathing Conference on 11-13 April 2019 in Marseille, France. The detailed Part 1 programmes for each module are the following:

Part 2 offers participants the opportunity to put theory into practice. The online portfolio will help participants to build competence in respiratory sleep as they will be requested to complete a portfolio with cases or short assignments. The online portfolio will be assessed by an expert who will provide feedback. Participants successfully completing the online portfolio will receive a training programme certificate for the module. The detailed Part 2 programmes for each module are the following:



ERS Respiratory Sleep Training programme(per module) ERS members/Under 40 years old/Physiotherapists/Technicians/Nurses Non-ERS members
Part 1 € 100 € 120
Part 2 € 150 € 200

* All participants selecting a reduced fee will need to provide a proof of status in order to validate their registration.



Attendance to the Sleep and Breathing Conference is a requirement for participants in this training programme. The next Sleep and Breathing Conference is planned to take place in 2021.

Participants having successfully completed Part 1 of a programme module can register for Part 2 via MyERS.



The training programme is certified by EBAP with 69 CME credits altogether across the five modules.

Module Part 1 Part 2
Obstructive sleep apnoea 4 5
Central sleep apnoea 4 5
Hypoventilation syndromes 4 5
CPAP and NIV 6 15
Diagnostic techniques 6 15


Learning outcomes

Obstructive sleep apnoea

  • Describe obstructive sleep apnoea.
  • Differentiate, diagnose, and manage obstructive breathing disturbances during sleep.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of its pathophysiology, clinical consequences, and discriminate comorbidities.

Central sleep apnoea

  • Describe the polygraphic and polysomnographic parameters of central sleep apnoea.
  • Describe periodic breathing as a subtype of central sleep apnoea.
  • Differentiate obstructive and central apnoeas and obstructive and central hypopnoeas.
  • Describe the different phenotypes of central sleep apnoea.
  • Define the epidemiology of central sleep apnoea.
  • Critically estimate the clinical relevance of central sleep apnoea regarding daytime impairment and outcome.
  • Describe risk factors and underlying diseases (cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular) inducing central sleep apnoea.
  • Differentiate physiological phenotypes of central sleep apnoea (arousal induced, sleep-wake-transition etc.) as compared to central sleep apnoea as a disease.
  • Describe a hypotheses of pathophysiology of opioid induced sleep apnoea and central sleep apnoea in heart failure.
  • Describe and differentiate treatment options such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, drugs, positive airway pressure options.

Hypoventilation syndromes

  • Describe hypoventilation syndromes.
  • Differentiate, diagnose, and manage hypoventilation during sleep.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of its pathophysiology, clinical consequences, and discriminate comorbidities.


  • Describe different types of positive airway pressure therapy.
  • Assess the appropriate use of the different therapies.
  • List different types of positive pressure interfaces and how these may suit different patients.
  • Recognise the concepts of compliance and adherence.
  • Initiate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), auto-continuous positive airway pressure (autoCPAP) based or with prediction formula, and select the appropriate device.
  • Use noninvasive ventilation (NIV) in obstructive lung disease: example COPD.
  • Use NIV in neuromuscular disease: example motor neurone disease/ALS.
  • Acquire problem-solving strategies for CPAP and NIV.

Diagnostic techniques

With regard to polysomnography and polygraphy:

  • Define and describe apnoeas and hypopnoeas.
  • Differentiate obstructive and central apnoeas.
  • Define and differentiate obstructive and central hypopnoeas.
  • Describe and define other breathing disturbances (periodic breathing, atactic breathing, treatment emergent central sleep apnoea).
  • Differentiate phasic and sustained oxygen desaturations.
  • Make the difference between the apnoea-hypopnoea-indices based on polysomnography (relation to total sleep time) and polygraphy (relation to measurement time).

With regard to polysomnography also:

  • Describe the parameters (e.g. EEG, EOG, EMG, microphone, flow, thermistor, effort, oxygen saturation, ECG, movement, body position).
  • Analyse sleep stages.
  • Describe arousals, movement, leg movements.
  • Describe variations of sleep parameters during life-time.
  • Describe somnological disorders other than sleep related breathing disorders (insomnia, periodic limb movements/restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy).
  • Describe polysomnographic characteristics of insomnia, movement disorders, narcolepsy.

With regard to the evaluation of daytime sleepiness:

  • Evaluate daytime sleepiness based on self-assessment questionnaires, technical tests and electrophysiological tests.
  • Describe the Epworth Sleepiness Scale as validated self-assessment questionnaire, describe the test and interpretation of the results.
  • Describe the Stop-Bang-Questionnaire as combined tool including symptoms and risk factors.
  • Describe technical tests such as driving simulator or vigilance test as objective additional tools for the evaluation of sleepiness and daytime performance.
  • Describe the Multiple Sleep Latency Test and the Maintenance of Wakefulness Test and describe the interpretation of the results.
  • Describe the relevance of MSLT and MWT in the evaluation of driving performance and narcolepsy.

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Organising committee


Anita Simonds

ERS Vice President. Consultant in respiratory and sleep medicine. Professor of respiratory and sleep medicine

National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, United Kingdom



Winfried Randerath

Chief physician and medical director

Bethanien Hospital, Clinic for Pneumology and Allergology, Center for Sleep Medicine and Respiratory Care Institute for Pneumology at the University Witten/Herdecke, Germany



Sophia Schiza

Head of Sleep Disorders Unit, Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine

University of Crete Medical School, Greece