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 integral aspects of respiratory education:

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

National Learning Objectives (core competencies) have been established to provide a common set of technical and teaching skills, knowledge and abilities for respiratory educators.

Requirements for Challenging the Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) Exam

To be eligible to write the CRE examination a candidate:

  1. must hold a degree or diploma in a recognized healthcare profession,
  2. scope of practice to include counselling clients,
  3. must have successfully completed a CNRC-approved respiratory educator program (including health education, asthma and COPD modules), and
  4. pay the required fee to sit for the examination.



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