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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 Respiratory Health Division 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 an electronic application and a current curriculum vitae from their intended Course Technical Director. The application 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. Faculty and Course Technical Director requirements can be found at

Applications for sponsorship approval should be submitted to:

NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Training Program
Respiratory Health DivisionMail Stop H-G909
1095 Willowdale Road
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505-2888
304-285-5764 (voice)
304-285-6111 (fax)