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:

  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 and COPD education programs (i.e. two separate courses):

Pear Healthcare Solutions
Asthma and COPD Education
Online Program

Phone: 416 236-9555

Asthma and COPD
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 & COPD
    Educator Program
  • Thompson Rivers University





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