I.A.R.S. Spirometry Training
The IARS / Respiratory Faculty of the IICMS in partnership with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) provide a Spirometry Training Programme leading to the award of CPD Certificate in Spirometry for Healthcare Professionals. The aim of this programme is to equip qualified healthcare professionals with the technical, practical and clinical skills to perform Spirometry testing to a high standard. It is a level 7 programme fully accredited by DIT and carries an award of 15 ECTS credits.
The IARS / Respiratory Faculty of the IICMS recognise that since its inauguration the number of healthcare professionals, other than hospital based Respiratory Scientists, performing Spirometry testing has increased dramatically. This increase is due largely to a global awareness of Spirometry as an essential tool for assessing and monitoring respiratory disease, in particular the assessment of Asthma and the early detection of COPD. The IARS have introduced this accredited Spirometry training course to meet the needs of healthcare professionals utilising Spirometry testing during the course of their practice.
The CPD Certificate in Spirometry for Healthcare Professionals (nurses, physiotherapists and doctors) is divided into 2 modules. This programme is also recgonised by the European Respiratory Society (Since May 2016) and graduates are awarded the ESDL (European Spirometry Driving License upon successful completion of the programme:
Module 1 is a One Day Introduction to Spirometry and is a basic introduction to Spirometry. It is aimed at those who have no knowledge or skill of Spirometry testing. It is a foundation course covering theory and practical knowledge of calibration, spirometry performance, infection control and interpretation.
Module 1 may be undertaken as a stand alone module for those who want to gain some knowledge of Spirometry but who do not intend to perform Spirometry in their practice. A certificiate of attendance is only awarded for this module.
Module 2 is predominately a self-directed process of learning whereby the candidate completes a learning book of Spirometry tests, related tasks and assignments relating to Spirometry performance and interpretation. The final part of the Module consists of a 1 hour MCQ and a practical exam where the candidate is assessed performing Spirometry on a volunteer subject according to the ERS / ATS 2005 Spirometry testing guidelines. As IARS mentor is available during this self directed process to ensure that candidates emerge confident and competent in the practice of good quality spirometry. Module 2 is generally undertaken by candidates who have completed Module 1. It is expected that all parts of Module 2 are completed within 12 months. The CPD certificate in Spirometry for Healthcare Professionals is awarded by DIT and the ESDL is also awarded by the ERS to candidates who successfully complete all module 2 components. The IARS STRONGLY recommends that both modules are undertaken to ensure performance of high quality Spirometry testing.
Module 1- One Day Introduction to Spirometry
Module 1 Application Form Download
Module 1 fee is €250.00 (includes course material and lunch)
Course content is available here
Module 1 - One Day Introduction to Spirometry Date & Venues for 2018
St Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4
Contact: Geraldine Nolan, Chief II Respiratory Physiologist
Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, Co Westmeath
1. Thursday 4th of October 2018
2. Thursday 6th of December 2018
Contact: Orla Farrelly, Chief II Respiratory Physiologist
St James Hospital, James's Street, Dublin 8
Contact: Motty Varghese, Senior Respiratory Physiologist
University Hospital Limerick, St. Nessan's Road, Co. Limerick
Contact: John Stephenson, Senior Respiratory Physiologist
Registering and paying for Module 1 - 1 Day Introduction to Spirometry
In order to register for the IARS 1 Day Introduction to Spirometry, please use the link above to download the aplication form. Please send the completed form directly to the centre providing the training course. The fee can be paid using PayPal, our secure payment processor for instant payments. Click 'Buy Now' to pay the fee, making sure to include your full name.
If you wish to pay by cheque please make the cheque payable to the "Irish Association of Respiratory Scientists". Send the cheque to the centre you wish to attend - it must be received at least 2 weeks before the course date to confirm your place. The IARS cannot confirm your place if payment and registration is not completed at least 2 weeks prior to the course date.
Module 2 - Spirometry/CPD Registration Programme
The closing date for registration is 1st of August each year.
It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that this date is met. If payment is received late then the next registration date will apply. The IARS will accept no responsibility for any delays or inconvenience caused by late payment of course fees by any candidate.
Module 2 Application/Registation Form - see bottom of page for application form
Module 2 fee is €300.00 (includes D.I.T. registration fees & ESDL certification)
REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL COURSE FEES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED AND RECEIPTED.
Registering and paying for Module 2 – CPD Certificate in Spirometry for Healthcare Professionals
In order to register for Module 2, please download, complete and return the application/registration form (form below) to: IARS Programme Administrator, c/o Respiratory Laboratory, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4.
The fee can be paid through PayPal, our secure online payment processor - click the 'Buy Now' button to make a payment. Alternatively the fee may be paid by cheque, payable to "The Irish Association of Respiratory Scientists" and sent to IARS Programme Administrator, c/o Respiratory Laboratory, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4.
Once registration and payment fee is received by IARS Programme Administration you will be included in the Spirometry certification group once COMPLETION of registration has occured