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How can you get spirometry training?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides an online listing of numerous spirometry training courses, and a spirometry course schedule is posted at its website. Register for an approved course taught at a particular location by clicking the registration or sponsor link. Some retailers of spirometry equipment offer training courses for specific models, and contacting these vendors is the best way to find out about training opportunities.

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health offers spirometry training courses to people who are responsible for screening workers for cotton dust exposure. NIOSH spirometry training is usually conducted over two or three days. Trainees must receive a minimum of 16 hours of initial training. Core training is done at various on-site locations, and only refresher courses are offered online. Most sponsors allow online registration for training.

The cost of attending spirometry courses varies according to factors such as location and type of training offered. Spirometry course certificates of completion are earned by attending NIOSH-approved training. After course completion, however, certificates are issued by the training sponsors, not by NIOSH. NIOSH-approved spirometry courses may not meet all state certification requirements. Check with your state's medical board for information regarding state certification.

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