Respiratory Sleep Certified Training Programme


This training programme is designed to train respiratory professionals at a post-specialty or post-graduate level in respiratory sleep medicine. The two-part programme has been developed from the ERS 2015 core curriculum for respiratory sleep practitioners and will guide learners through the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to obtain certification in the following respiratory sleep topics:

  • Medicolegal aspects of sleep disorders
  • Polysomnography
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)/ Noninvasive ventilation (NIV)
  • Respiratory Conditions

Target audience

All health professionals working within respiratory sleep are eligible to follow this training. The Respiratory Sleep curriculum further defines the target audience as:

  • Medic: physicians who provide patient care in diagnosing, treating and managing respiratory sleep disorders
  • Advanced Practitioner: health professionals who initiate and lead clinical practice, education and service development for respiratory sleep patients
  • Practitioner (allied health professional): health professionals who provide patient care for the treatment and management of respiratory sleep disorders


Participants must have experience working in respiratory sleep and they must additionally have access to a sleep laboratory/patients within their institution. Participants must have a mentor to guide them through PSG, CPAP and NIV and Assessment of daytime sleepiness Part 2 Modules. Participants must successfully complete Part 1 of the programme to be eligible to register for Part 2 modules.

Training programme

Part 1 Part 2
Registration Registration
Self-directed learning Online portfolio
Sleep and Breathing conference sessions Certificate of competence of module
Online multiple-choice question assessment

Note: Medicolegal is a one-part module.

Learning outcomes and competencies

Learning outcomes for each module:

Respiratory Conditions Polysomnography Daytime sleepiness CPAP and noninvasive ventilation Medicolegal aspects of sleep disorders
Describe the different respiratory conditions in relation to sleep medicine Describe, perform and interpret technical aspects of polysomography Describe MSLT, MWT and non-EEG based sleep tests Describe different types of positive pressure airway therapy Describe the effects of sleep conditions on cognitive function e.g. operating equipment, driving
Differentiate, diagnose, and manage obstructive and central breathing disturbances and hypoventilation during sleep Assess the appropriate use of sleep tests Assess the appropriate use of the different therapies Remain up to date with relevant legislation e.g. members states and at EU level
Demonstrate an awareness of their pathophysiology, clinics and consequences, and discriminate comorbidities Interpret results List different types of positive pressure interfaces and how these may suit different patients Identify possible medical legal consequences of parasomnias
Recognise the concepts of compliance and adherence Perform a comprehensive assessment
Initiate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), auto- continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) based or with prediction formula) and select the appropriate device Investigate the link between the patient sleep disorder and its impact on functional status especially in safety critical working environment e.g. surgeons, professional drivers, machine operators

Part 1 of the training programme provides participants 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 identified by ERS. It will then be the responsibility of the participant to ensure that they have covered all relevant content as specified in the learning outcomes. To obtain certification of Part 1, participants will be asked to complete an online multiple-choice test. A link will be sent to participants after attending the Sleep and Breathing conference. Participants will need to successfully complete this test in order to move to the next part of training. Apart from the Medicolegal module which is a one-part module.

Part 2 of the training programme is important as it 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 case portfolio as well as a few short assignments.

Online portfolio

  • CPAP and NIV Complete a brief summary of 30 patient PAP set-ups with technical comments
  • Polysomnography Perform 30 polysomnographies and provide comments
  • Assessment of daytime sleepiness Perform 5 MSLT or MWT tests on patients presenting with daytime sleepiness, including the data of the results and a summary of your key findings.
  • Respiratory conditions – Review 5 pre-selected cases and provide short-answer feedback and take part in an online meet the expert session scheduled for December 2017/January 2018.

IMPORTANT Participants should identify a mentor for CPAP, Polysomnography and Assessment of daytime sleepiness to help guide them during the completion of Part 2. If both parts of the training programme are successfully completed, the participant will receive the ERS module or technique certification in respiratory sleep medicine.


Please see below for a breakdown of fees for the different modules. To complete the training programme please register for the Sleep and Breathing conference and select the modules you would like to complete.

Module Part 1 (member) Part 1 (non member) Part 2 (member) Part 2 (non member)
Medicolegal aspects of sleep disorders €50 €60 - -
Respiratory conditions €50 €60 TBC TBC
Polysomnography* €100 €120 €200 €300
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)/ Noninvasive ventilation (NIV)* €100 €120 €200 €300
Daytime sleepiness* €100 €120 €200 €300

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