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How does one get approved to be a course sponsor?

Sponsors may be NIOSH Education and Research Centers (ERC), academic institutions, non-profit organizations, private companies, or individual professionals. Within NIOSH, the responsibility of approving courses has been delegated to the Respiratory Health Division and is carried out by a Course Approval Committee.

Course approval is granted with a two-step process:

  • Step 1: The potential course sponsor submits a current curriculum vitae (CV) for their intended Course Technical Director. The CV should include specific information regarding experience performing and interpreting spirometry tests. Once approved, the potential sponsor then submits a complete application. Send the CV to
  • Step 2: A course application consists of faculty qualifications, facility and equipment capabilities, course design and content, and examination instruments. Minimum requirements for approval of a course are contained in Appendix D of the OSHA Standard and include criteria for apparatus, technique, interpretation, course content, and hours of instruction