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How does one get approved to be a course sponsor?

Within NIOSH, the responsibility of approving courses has been delegated to the Division of Respiratory Disease Studies and is carried out by a Course Approval Committee. Course approval is granted to a sponsor upon satisfactory review of a complete application. Sponsors may be NIOSH Education and Research Centers (ERC), academic institutions, non-profit organizations, or private companies. Potential sponsors must submit 3 copies of an application which will be reviewed for 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. NIOSH has established additional criteria for faculty qualifications and course format.

Applications for sponsorship approval should be submitted to:

NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Training Program
Division of Respiratory Disease Studies
Mail Stop H-G900.2
1095 Willowdale Road
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505-2888
304-285-5764 (voice)
304-285-6111 (fax)

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