Interpretation Certification is required for practitioners who interpret spirometry in terms of physiological changes only.  This is usually but not exclusively General Practitioners and Advanced Clinical Practitioners

On the 12th September 2016 there was the launch of a competency assessment framework “Quality Assured Spirometry” which sets the minimum competency standards for healthcare practitioners performing spirometry. The framework will be fully implemented by 31st March 2021.

The ARTP are now responsible for holding the national register of spirometry certified practitioners at all levels.
You can view the National Register here:

3 Levels of Competency Assessed


For those who have been assessed as competent to perform safe, accurate and reliable spirometry tests without interpretation E.g. Health Care Assistants or Assistant Practitioners who carry out the tests.


For those who have been assessed as competent to perform and interpret spirometry in terms of physiological changes. E.g. General Practice Nurses with a special interest in respiratory conditions.

Interpretation only:

For those who have been assessed as competent in interpretation only. E.g. General Practitioners

The ARTP certificate of competence is the only route to the National Register of spirometry certified practitioners. It entails a portfolio of evidence (all levels) and a practical examination (full and foundation).

Becoming Certified

It is no longer necessary to undertake training before completing the Spirometry certificate of competence. Therefore, training and certification can be undertaken separately.
If you are new to Spirometry or your training is more than 3 years old, it is highly recommended that you undertake the training to ensure your practice is up to date.
If you are an experienced Spirometry Practitioner who needs to get onto the national register, but trained less than 3 years ago, you may not need to undertake the training. However, if you fail the assessments you will be required to undertake the training before progressing and will be charged a rebooking fee for the failed assessment.


Registration is valid for 3 years before it requires renewing by submitting a re-accreditation portfolio. You will be reminded 6 months prior to expiry to give you time to prepare.

Training Provider

The Institute of Clinical Science and Technology (ICS&T). ICS&T is the ARTP partner training provider. Training is offered at foundation, interpretation and full levels.

Interpretation Level – online course

The course is designed using cutting edge techniques to make learning flexible, enjoyable and useful. You are in direct contact with support throughout the course and with colleagues via forums and have access to regular webinars. Additionally, the course remains available to you once you are on the registers as a useful resource and aide memoir.