Dr Darcy Marciniuk

I want to be on a team with clinicians who have undergone RESPTREC® training and are CRE-certified. They are fully informed of the latest evidence, they possess the critical thinking to appropriately interpret that evidence, and they have the tools and experience to put that latest information to work for their patients.

Completing RESPTREC® training demonstrates dedication to providing optimal patient care, and a commitment to being the very best.

Dr. Darcy Marciniuk, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, Respirologist
Former President of the CTS and Past President of the American College of Chest Physicians

ILD Research Assistant/Respiratory Technician

Marion Santos, CRE

The knowledge and skills I obtained through the COPD and Asthma RESPTREC® Courses prepared me to become a Certified Respiratory Educator in 2014 and this has been very helpful in my work as a Respiratory Technician at the Lung Centre of the Vancouver General Hospital.

A year ago, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team advocating for patients with Interstitial Lung Diseases. Hence, when RESPTREC® offered the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) online course, I eagerly signed up. The curriculum is organized and thorough and I appreciate that it integrates the 2 very helpful resources: Living Well with Pulmonary Fibrosis and Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

This course has equipped me to be a better IPF advocate.

Marion Santos, CRE
August 2018

Registered Nurse

Kristen Traverse

I would like to thank you for the CRE preparation and support I have received via the RESPTREC® courses. I felt prepared with the information I had been given and the guidance from each of the Faculty was incredibly helpful. Every one of you went above and beyond and made me feel like a valuable part of the learning process.

The courses that I have taken with you surpassed my expectations and I have recommended the program to everyone that has shown interest.

I recently wrote the CRE exam, and I felt prepared and confident in my knowledge and the material I had been given.

I am very excited to say that I am now a Certified Respiratory Educator so thank you in the part that you played in getting me there.

Kristen Traverse, RN, CRE
Registered Nurse
June 2017


Beth Kessler

The RESPTREC® courses are by far the most well thought out and organized course I have ever participated in. The format allowed learning to happen in a variety of ways. With a pre-assignment, I felt prepared and guided into the material. The workshop format gave an opportunity to learn from other individuals through discussion, examples and practice. The variety of healthcare professionals taking the course greatly enhanced the learning process with their many perspectives. The instructors are not only knowledgeable and engaging, but very passionate about their subject. After completing the workshop, the post-assignment aided in solidifying the theories and concepts that were taught. I felt very prepared for the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care exam for certification.

As I began practicing in my rural setting, a clear need to provide timely spirometry was apparent. By taking the RESPTREC® Spirometry course, I was able to provide testing quickly and accurately. As a pharmacist, I was able to integrate all this training into my practice and become involved in chronic disease management on a whole new level. I believe this training has led me to provide better care to my patients. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in respiratory health.

Beth Kessler, BSP, CRE
Recipient of the Magnum Opus award (2014)

COPD Nurse Clinician

Vicki Kennedy

Completing the three RESPTREC® courses, I have to say, was some of the best learning opportunities I have experienced. The information and resources were very practical and applicable to my role as COPD nurse clinician. Education on not only evidence based disease specific management, but principles of education, and how best to assess clients and deliver that information to meet their needs is integral in providing quality care.

I found the format was very conducive to effective learning with assignments and quizzes to consolidate knowledge, and small group size facilitated interaction and enriched discussion from all members of the group. The educators/facilitators exuded enthusiasm and variety in delivery of education. I would definitely recommend RESPTREC® to any health care professional working in the respiratory health field.

Vicki Kennedy, RN, BN, MN, CRE
COPD Nurse Clinician, LiveWell COPD Program

Registered Nurse

I recently obtained my Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) designation from the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care. I completed my studies for the exam through the RESPTREC® Respiratory Training and Educator Course offered by The Lung Association of Saskatchewan. I was impressed at how well the program prepared me for the national exam. I appreciated the expertise of the facilitators providing the programming as they provided clinical relevance to the material being presented all while making my learning experience enjoyable.

Kim Vickers, RN, BSN, CRE
Primary Care Nurse

Nurse Practitioner

Wendy Laframboise

As both a clinician/program lead working at a large academic teaching hospital and as Clinical Lead-Faculty advising a not-for-profit federally funded health improvement organization on strategies to improve COPD care across Canada, I would highly recommend healthcare professionals to invest in the RespTrec courses. The courses not only prepare you to become a Certified Respiratory Educator, but they ensure you receive the most-up-to-date evidence-informed teaching to care for patients and work within healthcare teams. Subsequently, patients/caregivers and other healthcare professionals will know patients are receiving the best possible respiratory care.

Wendy Laframboise, NP-Adult, MN, CRE

Registered Kinesiologist

Julia de Reijke

The final video assignment for my RESPTREC® Education for Chronic Disease course actually really helped me to educate my father with managing his own chronic disease; diabetes and newly discovered high cholesterol. After our Motivational Interview video conversation, he expressed that he really enjoyed our conversation and that it helped him to become more dedicated to maintaining his healthy eating habits. It also gave us an opportunity to bring it up to the rest of the family and talk confidently when they were asking us about how the conversation went. This was very exciting for me because I have been trying to reach through to him for the last couple of years and this assignment gave me a great opportunity to sit down with him uninterrupted by everyone else in our family so that we could really get down to it.

Julia de Reijke, RKin, CSEP-CPT, BASc Kinesiology (Hons), DipFTHP
January 2021

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