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. Send the CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Step 2: Once the course director’s CV is approved, NIOSH will send a complete application packet to the potential sponsor. A course application consists of faculty qualifications, facility and equipment capabilities, course design and content, and examination instruments.
NIOSH will consider international applications for course sponsorship. Specific criteria must be met.