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:

  1. A governing, oversight or credentialling body or association
  2. 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 education programs:

Pear Healthcare Solutions
Asthma Education Online Program
Phone: 416 236-9555

Asthma Educator Course
c/o Lung Association of Saskatchewan
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


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