Spirometry Training Programme


Aim

The ERS European Spirometry 2-part training programme, is designed to cover all aspects of spirometry, to enable participants to gain sufficient knowledge in spirometry practice and to become high-quality performers of spirometric tests.

Target audience

This training programme is aimed at all healthcare professionals who require a comprehensive understanding and the basic skills in spirometry practice.

Pre-requisites

  • understand and perform basic math operations (multiplication, division, decimals and percentages)
  • demonstrate an understanding of calculating ratios
  • have access to a computer and internet access to follow online preparatory modules and assessments

Training programme content

Part 1: Knowledge and basic skills Part 2: Knowledge and competence in measurement
Verification of pre-requisites and registration Verification of Part 1 certification
Online modules and theoretical course Completion of online portfolio (online workbook)
Multiple-choice question assessment Course and practical assessment
Certification of Part 1 Certification of Part 2

Part 1

Covers spirometry theory and practice, the teaching methods include online modules and classroom learning. Participants will be awarded Part I of the training programme after passing a knowledge based test at the end of the training programme. Participants who successfully complete Part I will acquire knowledge and basic skills but are not yet considered competent in the independent practice of spirometry.

Part 2

It is recommended that participants complete this part within 3 - 12 calendar months of completing Part 1. Part 2 includes the completion of an online workbook, as well as attendance at a training course which will focus on competency based training and will require participants to complete exercises. Examination and the award of the Part 2 will be dependent on the successful completion of the Spirometry online portfolio, and skills based assessment to be performed onsite during the course.

Learning outcomes and competencies

At the end of the training programme, participants will be able to clearly explain and understand each of the key subject areas of spirometry practice including;

  • definitions of spirometric values
  • knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology required for spirometry
  • spirometry equipment including strengths and weaknesses, pitfalls and influencing factors to reference values
  • indications and contraindications of spirometry testing
  • how to perform quality spirometry and recognition of poor quality manoeuvres
  • how to interpret spirometry tests
  • quality assurance, including ability to correctly describe, document, and ensure quality standards and practice

For additional information please contact education@ersnet.org


Deliver a training programme in your country

To deliver an accredited ERS Spirometry training programme, a programme organiser will need to be identified. Programme organisers are responsible to deliver the entire spirometry training programme.

As a programme organiser, you will need to fulfil the following criteria:

Experience

  • have a certified degree in respiratory physiology or a related field
  • experience in procedures and instrumentation for spirometry testing
  • experience in interpretation of spirometry
  • at least 5 years’ experience in the supervision of a pulmonary function laboratory or extensive spirometry service

Once a programme organiser has been identified, the following actions need to be taken:

Once approved to run a training programme, you will receive:

  • a set of guidelines for running the programme
  • standardised educational materials for trainers including presentations, videos and other resources
  • a link to supporting educational tools for trainers and participants, and assessment information including an online knowledge test and guidelines for practical assessment

For additional information please contact education@ersnet.org


Past and Upcoming programmes 2017/2018

Bergen, Norway - Part 1
8-9 December 2017
Language: English
Contact: Ingvild Haaland

Warsaw, Poland - Part 1
8-9 December 2017
Language: Polish
Organisers: This programme is organised by the Polish Respiratory Society
Contact: Dr Monika Franczuk, alternative address; monika.franczuk@gmail.com

Madrid, Spain - Part 2
January 2018
Language: Spanish
Organisers: This programme is organised by Sociedad Española de Neumología y Cirugía Torácica (SEPAR)
Contact: Concepcion Gistau

Sremska Kamenica, Serbia - Part 2
20 April 2018
Language: English/Serbian
Organiser: This programme is organised by the Institute for Pulmonary Diseases of Vojvodina, Sremska Kamenica
Contact: Marija Vukoja

Tešanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Part 2
1 June 2018
Language: English
Organisers: This programme is organised by the Institute for Pulmonary Diseases of Vojvodina, Sremska Kamenica and General hospital, Tesanj.
Contact: Mirjana Jovancevic Drvenica, Phone: +381 (0)21 480 52 00, E-mail: jusufmehic@gmail.com

Warsaw, Poland - Part 1
15-16 June 2018
Language: Polish
Organisers: This programme is organised by the Polish Respiratory Society
Contact: Dr Monika Franczuk, alternative address; monika.franczuk@gmail.com

Bergen, Norway - Part 2
9 June 2018
Language: English
Contact: Ingvild Haaland


Diplomates and accredited trainers

Trainees
Trainers

Recertification

Following successful completion of the Spirometry Training Programme, the certification is valid for 3 years. If you would like to renew your certification you will be required to resubmit section B of the online porftfolio and produce 10 spirometry tests that you have personally performed. Each spirometry test must include technical comments. The portfolio will be assessed by your local course organiser. If required, you may be asked to complete a 30 minute practical assessment.

The registration fee is €150. To register, please log into your myERS account

For additional information please contact education@ersnet.org