Training and Certification

Enhance your professional skills while serving your community with training and certification from the American Lung Association.

Become a facilitator or educator with our many training and certification opportunities. Includes Better Breathers Clubs, Freedom From Smoking, INDEPTH, COPD, asthma programs and more. Attend an educational webinar or in-person class, such as spirometry training. Take part in our LUNG FORCE Expos for continuing education.

Facilitator Training

  • Freedom From Smoking Facilitator
    Freedom From Smoking® facilitators lead engaging, effective group smoking cessation clinics in communities nationwide. The training explains nicotine addiction, program content and implementation, and how to facilitate group interaction.
  • Better Breathers Club Facilitator
    Better Breathers Club facilitators lead support group meetings that provide education and networking opportunities for adults living with chronic lung disease. The training includes guidance on starting a Club, recruiting members and planning engaging and supportive meetings.
  • Open Airways For Schools Facilitator
    Open Airways For Schools facilitators are trained to help children learn to manage their asthma. The training includes basic information about asthma, modeling of appropriate skills, a thorough review of the curriculum and tips for working with children.
  • INDEPTH Facilitator
    INDEPTH facilitators plan and implement an educational program for students as an alternative to suspension for violation of school tobacco, vaping, or nicotine use policies. 
  • N-O-T Facilitator
    Not On Tobacco® (N-O-T) facilitators lead the American Lung Association’s proven teen smoking and vaping cessation program. 
  • Kickin' Asthma Facilitator
    Help kids ages 11-16 learn asthma self-management techniques through fun and interactive approaches.

Educator Training

  • Asthma Educator Institute
    Take this two-day professional development course to provide asthma guidelines-based care to patients and their families and get the knowledge you need to sit for the National Asthma Educator Certification Board exam. 
  • COPD Educator Institute
    The course includes thorough and practical information healthcare professionals can use in their work with COPD patients while earning continuing education credits.
  • Breathe Well, Live Well Educator
    Help adults better manage their asthma by using Breathe Well, Live Well: The Guide to Managing Asthma at Home and Work as a tool to educate and empower patients to take control of their asthma.

Continuing Education

  • Spirometry Training
    The Implementation and Interpretation of Spirometry in the Primary Care Practice course is for healthcare professionals who administer the spirometry test and primary care providers who interpret the results to assist with diagnosis and disease management. Continuing education credits available.
  • LUNG FORCE Expos
    Learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and other chronic lung diseases. Speakers from a variety of fields will present current medical information on topics that have the most impact and will allow healthcare professionals to best support their patients. Continuing education credits available.

Other Opportunities

  • Enhancing Asthma Care Program
    This program partners with medical clinics and includes technical assistance, Lung Association trainings (Asthma Educator Institute and Spirometry), and other quality improvement components to improve care for pediatric asthma patients.
  • Gayle Ann Traver Pulmonary Nursing Scholarship
    This scholarship is awarded to a nurse with the goal of advanced education and training in respiratory medicine in order to provide patients with lung disease the highest order of care.

Page last updated: April 2, 2020

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