In 1999, the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care (CNRC) – originally founded as the Canadian Network for Asthma Care – established a national certification program for Canadian asthma educators – creating the Certified Asthma Educator (CAE). In 2007, the Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) exam was developed for educators of both asthma and COPD.
With increased interest from healthcare professionals from outside Canada, CNRC created the Certified COPD Educator (CCE) credential for US healthcare professionals. CNRC continues to expand its certification programs internationally.
In 2014, CNRC created the Certified Tobacco Educator (CTE) credential for healthcare professionals providing tobacco prevention and cessation services in Canada. The funding for the development of this program was provided through a grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Certified Educators include a diverse group of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals working in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including: nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dieticians, dental hygienists, social workers and addictions professionals, and medical doctors.
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