Spirometry course

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who are responsible for performing, recording and interpreting spirometry in adults, or a combination of these.

The course blends up to the minute eLearning with two supportive study days and equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve competence in this field and enabling you to assess your patients with confidence and effectively diagnose their respiratory disease if supported by clinical history.

Written by experts and developed in line with ARTP standards, the course is delivered by eLearning supported by two interactive study days facilitated by clinical experts in both spirometry and education. These provide practical support and problem solving to prepare you for assessment and entry onto the ARTP National Register via an online portfolio (submitted to ARTP) and practical assessment (by ARTP assessor), which is included in the cost of the course.

Our trainers will cover performing and recording on the first study day, and interpreting spirometry on the second study day. If you plan to apply for assessment to go onto the Register at Foundation level, you do not need to attend the second day.

Why choose this course?

Benefits include:

  • The opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialties.
  • Access to experts.
  • Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care.
  • Greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.
What will I study?

The subjects covered will include:

  • Pathophysiology of lung disease
  • Flow and volume measuring spirometry devices
  • Cleaning and equipment maintenance
  • Performance of dynamic lung volume
  • Trouble shooting and pitfalls
  • Reference values
  • Interpretation of values obtained
Does this course carry academic credits?

This course does not carry academic credits.

Where will I study?

This is an eLearning course with study days. This module is delivered by blended learning, with two study days to support the online course. Our study days are optional, although we advise that you attend if you possibly can, as students tell us that they learn a lot from the face to face contact with their tutor and that networking with other students is particularly useful. The location of study days is determined by the cohort you choose to join. Our trainers will cover performing and recording on the first study day, and interpreting spirometry on the second study day. If you plan to apply for assessment to go onto the Register at Foundation level, you do not need to attend the second day. The course includes access to an ARTP practical assessment appointment.

How is this course assessed?

Assessment for this course is not undertaken by Education for Health. We will prepare you for assessment and provide access to the portfolio and assessment process as part of the cost of your course, which is then carried out by an ARTP assessor.

What are the entry requirements for this course including spirometer access?

Students will need unlimited access to spirometry equipment including a calibration syringe and spirometer for regular use. They will need to able to show evidence of their ability to clean and disinfect the equipment as well as have regular access to a range of patients on whom they will perform the tests. All applicants must be registered or working within the UK. All applicants should have sufficient competency in the English Language to successfully study at Level 5/6. All learning materials and teaching are conducted in the English language. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have sufficient proficiency in the English Language to undertake the course to which they are registered.

Further information

Course lead Chris Loveridge can be contacted via Customer Support on customersupport@educationforhealth.org We are committed to equality of opportunity. Our Disability Coordinator and Student Support Team provide advice and information and coordinate arrangements for students. View our Support for Students with a Disability here. Students have access to the eLearning materials for 18 months from the start date of their course.

How to apply

Click here to see all Spirometry courses with dates.


To arrange a course in your area for 20+ students, contact our NHS Partnerships team by emailing nhsteam@educationforhealth.org and the NHS Partnerships Manager for your area will be in touch.


Please note:

Assessment for this course is not undertaken by Education for Health. We will prepare you for assessment and provide access to the portfolio and assessment process as part of the cost of your course, which is then carried out by an ARTP assessor.

Students will need unlimited access to spirometry equipment including a calibration syringe and spirometer for regular use. They will need to able to show evidence of their ability to clean and disinfect the equipment as well as have regular access to a range of patients on whom they will perform the tests.