Certification for Asthma, Respiratory, COPD and Tobacco Educators

CNRC is the organization that certifies healthcare professionals working to provide health education for clients.

There are currently 1367 Certified Respiratory Educators (CREs) and 361 Certified Asthma Educators (CAEs) in Canada as well as 94 Certified COPD Educators (CCEs) in the United States. This multidisciplinary group of educators represents a range of healthcare professionals, including: respiratory therapists, pharmacists, nurses and physiotherapists.

In November 2014, CNRC offered its first Certified Tobacco Educator (CTE) exam for healthcare professionals who provide tobacco prevention and cessation services to their clients. There are now 435 CTEs in Canada.

CNRC certification examinations demonstrate that our certified respiratory and tobacco educators have the skills, knowledge and abilities to provide comprehensive, evidence-informed care.

International Certification

In response to interest from healthcare professionals outside Canada and the US, CNRC’s certification programs continue to expand around the world. In addition to CNRC-approved training programs that are offered 100% online, there are currently approved live/in-person training programs available throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa.



“Certified Respiratory and Tobacco Educators perform a critical role in improving the lives of people living with respiratory and other chronic diseases. Our highly professional, knowledgeable and skilled CAEs, CREs, CCEs and CTEs support a comprehensive health promotion and disease management approach: education, evaluation and reinforcement. Education takes time!”

Dr. Ken Chapman
Canadian Network for
Respiratory Care