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Becoming Certified

 It is no longer necessary to undertake training before completing the Spirometry certificate of competence. Therefore, training and certification can be undertaken separately. 

Training can be undertaken with ANY provider and does not have to be through the ARTP.

The Spirometry certificate of competence is only available through the ARTP however. This is the part that leads to being on the National Register of certified practitioners.

Assessment (To gain the certificate of competence and entry onto the National Register):

The ARTP certificate of competence is the only route to the National Register. It entails a portfolio of evidence  (all levels) and a practical examination (full and foundation levels only). 

The ARTP Spirometry certification process can be undertaken through:

  • ICS&T (who host it on behalf of ARTP) either as a stand alone process or as part of a training and certification package.
  • Education for Health, who are currently approved to offer a training and certification package only. 

These are currently the only official assessment routes for Spirometry certification and entry on to the National Spirometry Register which ensures consistency and quality standards.  

Assessment Costs

  • Assessment Full certificate – £225
  • Assessment Foundation certificate – £225
  • Assessment Interpretation certificate – £175

The stepwise approach to becoming certified is summarised below:

 

Step 1

Undertake spirometry training  through ANY provider (if doing ARTP training, this is through ICS&T or Education for Health, at foundation, full or interpretation level)

Or If experienced, with all necessary processes in place, go straight to Step 2. 

Step 2

Apply to do the ARTP spirometry certificate (portfolio and practical assessment). 

If you have completed ARTP training, an additional application is not required as it is a training and assessment package

Step 3

Complete certification portfolio within 6 months

Attend a practical examination (OSCE) within the 6-month period (before or after completion of the portfolio)

Step 4 - Certified
Once you’ve passed both the portfolio and practical exam, you will be added to the National Register of certified spirometry practitioners. You will  remain certified for 3 years, and be required to re-certify within 3 years to remain on the register. 

 

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