Open Airways for Schools Online Facilitator Certification Course (available on an ongoing basis)

June 30, 2013 - June 30, 2013

Online Training, DC

This event is ongoing. The date listed is for administration of website only.

Open Airways Online Facilitator Certification Course

Elementary school children can learn to manage their own asthma when they participate in the American Lung Association's award-winning Open Airways For Schools program.

About Open Airways For Schools

The American Lung Association's Open Airways For Schools is a school-based curriculum that educates and empowers children through a fun and interactive approach to asthma self-management.  It teaches children with asthma ages 8-11 how to detect the warning signs of asthma, avoid their triggers and make decisions about their health.  Children who complete the Open Airways for Schools program should be able to:

  • Take steps to prevent asthma symptoms
  • Recognize the symptoms of asthma when they first occur, and carry out appropriate management steps.
  • Discuss and solve problems related to asthma with parents, medical professionals, teachers, and friends
  • Feel more confident about taking care of their asthma on a daily basis

Open Airways For Schools is the most widely recognized asthma management program for children in the nation, and a proven-effective way to improve asthma self-management skills, decrease asthma emergencies, and raise asthma awareness among families and school personnel.

How the Program Works

The Open Airways For Schools curriculum consists of six 40-minute group lessons for children with asthma held during the school day.  The curriculum incorporates an interactive teaching approach – using group discussion, stories, games and role play – to promote students' active involvement in the learning process. Topics covered include basic information about asthma, recognizing and managing asthma symptoms, using medication, avoiding asthma triggers, getting enough exercise, and doing well at school.

Open Airways For Schools classes are led by trained instructors, who might be the school nurse or other school personnel, parents, community volunteers, or anyone with an asthma background that has an interest in working with children.

The OAS classroom kits contain easy-to-use teaching materials including a detailed curriculum guide, posters and activity handouts. Each lesson also includes materials for the children to take home and share with their parents. All curriculum materials are available in English and Spanish.

How to Get Started

The online training is divided into two modules: Asthma Basics and the Facilitator Training Module.  You will need to complete each module and the evaluation form along with a follow-up session with a Certified OAS trainer to become certified.

Fee: Online Training is free until August 31, 2012.

You will need to complete the following steps in this order to be trained as an OAS facilitator:

  • Apply to Become a Facilitator - Complete the online registration process and turn in ALL the paperwork (agreements and background check) provided in your confirmation email.
  • Complete Training - You will be sent an access code to the online training modules once your paperwork is received.
  • Complete a Follow-up Session - You will need to complete a final session with an ALA Certified OAS Trainer who will issues your certification.
  • Access to a Facilitator Kit - If you do not already have one, you will need to purchase a facilitator’s kit that includes the curriculum guide and poster book.
    price $125 (35% discount applies to all government agencies and non-profits)

Click here to begin the registration process.

Submit Questions to Gabrielle Steele at or 202-715-3464