Effective immediately, all NIOSH/PFT refresher students must bring their current NIOSH approved Spirometry course certificates to the refresher course.
New Program Change: 7-Month Grace Period for Certificates
NIOSH-Approved Spirometry course certificates currently expire 5 years after the course is completed. To renew their official NIOSH course certificates, technicians should complete a NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher course before their current course certificate expires.
However, since NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher Courses may not always be available at the specific time needed, NIOSH is instituting a 7-month grace period to extend the window of time for completing the needed NIOSH-Approved Refresher training.
For example, if the current certificate was awarded on April 1, 2008, then the technician may take a NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher Course within 5 years and 7 months of that date, i.e., until November 1, 2013.
See here for our list of course dates for the remainder of 2013 and the full 2014 schedule.