Certified Asthma Educator (CAE)


The Certified Asthma Educator (CAE) credential recognizes healthcare professionals who provide asthma education to their clients. The CAE credential demonstrates to your clients, peers and supervisors that you have the competencies to provide comprehensive, evidence-informed care in asthma.

This credential is appropriate for those educators working in paediatrics. If healthcare professionals also see adult clients in their practice, CNRC recommends that you work to obtain the Certified Respiratory Educator credential, which also includes COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

The Certified Asthma Educator (CAE) exam tests educator proficiency in two important aspects of asthma education:

  • up-to-date knowledge about asthma (the "what to teach")
  • better understanding on the part of educators about educational theory and process
    (the "how to teach")

National Learning Objectives (core competencies) provide a common set of technical and teaching skills, knowledge and abilities for asthma educators.


Requirements to challenge the Certified Asthma Educator (CAE) Exam


1   A degree or diploma in a recognized* healthcare profession, with a scope of practice
       that includes counselling.

    *Recognized healthcare profession must have the following:

     • A governing, oversight or credentialling body or association

     • A defined scope of practice

 Recognized healthcare professions include the following:

Nurse Practitioner     Nurse                                Pharmacist       Respiratory Therapist

Physiotherapist          Occupational Therapist    Kinesiologist    Medical Doctor

 2   You must complete one of the following health education courses:

Alberta Health Services

Foundational Health Educator Workshop

Phone: 780 361-1381

Email: tru@albertahealthservices.ca



The TEACH Project

Centre for Addiction and
Mental Health (CAMH)

Foundational Health Educator Workshop

Phone: 416 535-8501 ext. 31600

Email: teach@camh.ca


3   You must complete one of the following asthma education programs:

Pear Healthcare Solutions

Asthma Education Online Program

Phone: 416 236-9555




c/o Lung Association of Saskatchewan

Asthma Educator Course

Phone: 306 343-9511

Email: info@resptrec.org





French Language Program


Quebec Respiratory Health
Education Network

Phone: 418 650-9500

Toll Free in Quebec: 1 877 441-5072

Email: info@rqesr.ca


Pear Healthcare Solutions Inc.

Foundational Health Education Program

Phone: 416 236-9555

Email: hello@healthelearning.ca




c/o Lung Association of Saskatchewan

Chronic Disease Management

Educator Course

Phone: 306 343-9511

Email: info@resptrec.org


International Programs


Delphi HSA Inc.

HSA-Respiratory Educator Program

Phone: 289 914-0217



Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital

Respiratory Educator Certificate Program

Saudi Arabia

Phone: + 9662 6655000 ext 2721




Programs Eligible (but no longer operating)

  • Alberta Asthma Centre Professional Certification
  • The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences Asthma Educator Program
  • Ontario Pharmacists Association
    CAE Prep Course


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