ERS Training Programme and awarding of the ERS Spirometry Driving Licence

About the course programme

The aim of the Spirometry HERMES project is to train health professionals to produce high quality spirometry tests and be awarded the ERS Spirometry Driving Licence. An entire training process is necessary to achieve this goal. The programme synopsis below illustrates the training and assessment that participants must follow to be awarded the ERS Spirometry Driving Licence. All information about the course organisation may be found from this website page. Further instructions for participants can be found here.


  • ERS Spirometry Website

    The ERS spirometry website is designed to help all participants prepare for the ERS spirometry training programme. The content follows each of the modules within the course covering important background information on spirometry.

    The modules offer participants the opportunity to review the underpinning knowledge of spirometry in practice and is designed to prepare participants to take the online knowledge test, and attend the Part 1 spirometry knowledge and basic skills, a pre-requisite to proceed to Part 2 of the training programme.  

    Only those who have registered to attend an ERS recognised training programme and received a unique access code from the course director will be eligible to log into this online course.
    Individual access codes are delivered by e-mail one month before the beginning of the course, and are valid for 12 months.

    To visit the ERS spirometry website, click here

  • Part 1 Spirometry knowledge and Basic Skills

    Part 1 of the training programme is a 9 – 12 hour course that focuses on spirometry theory and basic skills. Participants who attend Part 1 will follow through 8 modules which are important to become competent in spirometry practice. The information that is shared within this part of the training progamme will equip participants with the knowledge as well as the basic skills required to perform spirometry tests and complete the ERS spirometry workbook. We encourage those who visit the website to particularly focus on Modules 1 & 4, and to complete the short self-assessment questions.

    To read more on each of the modules covered within Part 1 Spirometry knowledge and basic skills please click here 


  • Online Knowledge Test

    The online knowledge test has been designed to test participant’s knowledge on spirometry after successfully completing Part 1 of the training programme. Participants can log onto the ERS spirometry website with a unique access code after attending the course.

    The test is made up of 25 – 30 multiple choice questions and participants will be given one hour to complete the test. Participants must fully complete all questions within the assigned time. Participants will be given three opportunities to successfully pass. We encourage participants to review the website content before completing the test.

    On successful completion of this test participants will be awarded Part 1 of the ERS Spirometry Driving Licence (theory only).

    To visit the ERS spirometry website, click here

  • ERS Spirometry Workbook

    The ERS Spirometry Workbook is an extremely important part of the training programme and offers participants the opportunity to put theory into practice. The workbook will help participants to build competence in spirometry measurement as they will be requested to complete a portfolio of 15 spirometries as well as a few short assignments.  This task is intended to prepare participants for the practical assessment that will take place during Part 2 of the training programme. During this process participants will be assigned a mentor to guide them.

    The following documents will assist participants to prepare the ERS spirometry workbook;

    1. ERS Spirometry Workbook Guidelines
    2. ERS Spirometry Portfolio Workbook (to be completed by participants)
  • Part 2- Competence in Spirometry Measurement

    This is the final part of the training programme and on successfully completing the training day and practical assessment, participants will be awarded the ERS Spirometry Driving Licence Part 2 (competence in spirometry measurement).

    It is important that participants review all the required steps before they register for this course.

    1. Training course on spirometry knowledge and basic skills
    2. ERS spirometry online knowledge test
    3. The ERS spirometry workbook

    Finally, participants may attend Part 2, a 7-10 hour training course to complete the programme, and be awarded the ERS Spirometry Driving Licence Part 2 (Knowledge and competence in spirometry measurement).

    Within the training day, participants will be expected to complete a 30 minute practical assessment on spirometry technique. The spirometry workbook will also form part of the assessment process.

    To read more on each of the modules covered within Part 2 competence in spirometry measurement please click here. For more information on the ERS spirometry training programme

  • Practical Assessment

    The training programme is designed to ensure that participants reach competence in spirometry measurement. Each candidate will be assessed on their practical skills in performing spirometry. The marking criteria as designed by the spirometry HERMES working group ensures that all examiners follow the same marking criteria for every candidate who goes through this specific training programme.

    The workbook is an important tool for helping candidates prepare for the practical assessment. All important elements within the workbook will be covered in the practical assessment. During this process each participant should also be assigned a mentor between Parts 1 & 2 of the training programme to assist with any questions or areas that are found to be particularly difficult.

    Assessment Logistics

    The practical assessment will take approximately 20 minutes to complete as well as 5 minutes face-to-face feedback with the examiner during the Part 2 training day. If a candidate fails on their first attempt, they will have an opportunity to complete the assessment on the same day with a different examiner.