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What is the purpose of the course certificate?

Students who successfully complete a NIOSH-approved spirometry training course will receive a certificate from the course director. Most course directors issue the certificate on the final day of the course. The certificate is awarded to the student for successfully completing the class and is not transferable to any organization, company, or institution that may have provided financial assistance or reimbursement for the student’s expenses.

The certificate should, at a minimum, contain the sponsor’s name, the student’s name, dates and location of the course, the NIOSH course approval number, and the signature of the approved director responsible for that course. Certificates may also indicate the awarding of continuing education credit if this has been granted by specific accrediting organizations.

The certificate may be requested as part of an OSHA inspection of a cotton-related industrial site and should therefore be retained by the student. To obtain duplicate copies of course certificates, individuals should send a written request to the sponsor of their course. NIOSH does not maintain copies of individual course certificates.

Licensure of health professionals is generally the function of a state board, and issuance of a course certificate does not imply that NIOSH has certified that student as a pulmonary function technician, nor does it imply that NIOSH warrants the performance of the student after completion of the course.

New Program Change: 7-Month Grace Period for Certificates

NIOSH-Approved Spirometry course certificates currently expire 5 years after the course is completed.  To renew their official NIOSH course certificates, technicians should complete a NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher course before their current course certificate expires. 

However, since NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher Courses may not always be available at the specific time needed, NIOSH is instituting a 7-month grace period to extend the window of time for completing the needed NIOSH-Approved Refresher training. 

For example, if the current certificate was awarded on April 1, 2008, then the technician may take a NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher Course within 5 years and 7 months of that date, i.e., until November 1, 2013.  Refer to the NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Training Courses for the current schedule.

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