Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE)


The Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) credential recognizes healthcare professionals who provide respiratory education to their clients, including education in both asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). The CRE credential demonstrates to your clients, peers and supervisors that you have the competencies to provide comprehensive, evidence-informed care in asthma and COPD.

The Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) exam tests educator proficiency in two important aspects of respiratory education:

•  up-to-date knowledge about asthma and COPD (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 respiratory educators.


Requirements to challenge the Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) 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




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



3   You must complete one of the following asthma and COPD education programs
      (i.e. two separate courses):

Pear Healthcare Solutions

Asthma and COPD Education
Online Program

Phone: 416 236-9555




c/o Lung Association of Saskatchewan

Asthma and COPD Educator Courses

Phone: 306 343-9511

Email: info@resptrec.org




French Language Program


Quebec Network for Respiratory

Health Education

Phone: 418 650-9500

Toll Free in Quebec: 1 877 441-5072

Email: info@rqesr.ca


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
    CRE Prep Course

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