Essentials of Peak Flow Testing

Course Info

Who should attend?

Any healthcare professional who is involved in carrying out peak flow or wanting to carry out peak flow in any setting, specifically in the occupational health or primary healthcare settings.

Course Description & Objectives

This fully comprehensive training course aims to equip attendees with the background knowledge and skills necessary to the understanding of when to implement peak flow testing, how to prepare for a peak flow test, how to carry out a test as well as how to handle pitfalls in the testing process and assess and calculate the quality of the data collected.

This course is appropriate for those who have some or much experience in peak flow testing programs as well as those who have never used a peak flow meter.

Course Content

Attending this comprehensive peak flow training will give learners basic knowledge and practical skills in the following areas:

  • Basic respiratory anatomy and physiology
  • A background to peak flow meters and peak flow testing
  • Peak flow equipment quality control and verification, cleaning, equipment maintenance
  • Predicted/reference values
  • The use of Peak Flow in screening, diagnosing and monitoring occupational asthma
  • How to prepare a subject for peak flow, indications and contra-indications
  • Technique and achieving technically acceptable results
  • Normal values and the personal best
  • Zoning
  • Recording and reporting results
  • Reversibility Studies, Variability, Diurnal Variation, Serial Peak Flow Testing, Exercise
  • Challenge Testing
  • Practical Peak Flow

Course Programme

The aim of this course is for learners to understand the relevance and need for peak flow testing in the assessment process and how to use the results to assist in screening, diagnosing and monitoring in respiratory healthcare.

The course consists of enthusiastic, stimulating and exciting lectures packed with a combination of teaching methods containing updated information on every facet of peak flow. Power point presentations, question and answer sessions, discussion, worksheets and fun quizzes are used to educate the attendees. Practical sessions on the peak flow meters expose the learner to the use of both manual and digital peak flow meters under supervision and with guidance.

The fast moving pace with lots of interaction and individualization makes for wide awake learners. Learner course evaluations include such comments as: “I didn’t like peak flow before but now I know when and how to implement it into my programme”

Course Materials

A newly written, fully comprehensive manual using the most current information available is provided with everything the learner needs to know for both the workshop as well as to refer back to when continuing with peak flow in the workplace. Quizzes, worksheets, calculators, both manual and digital peak flow meters and all disposables, reference tables, peak flow charts are provided for use on the day.

Please bring own pens and paper and any case studies that are of interest or you would like to discuss.

Dates & Locations

A workshop can be arranged at any location nationally within South Africa or in other African countries for 8 students or more each time on dates suitable for learners and the facilitator.

Petro Green or Gary Manson at OCSA Alberton
+27 11 864 1173 | or,
Lindsay van der Linden 083 659 5299 |


R1250 excl Vat

Including manual, worksheets, reference charts and other to take home as well as the use of all equipment and disposables for use on the day of the workshop and a Certificate of Attendance. Refreshments and a light lunch are included in the course fee.

The fee does not include hotel or transportation costs. This will be quoted depending on location and individual arrangements.


Fees must be received 30 days prior to the course date. Since expenses are fixed, refunds cannot be given unless written cancellation is received two weeks prior to the course. The fee is also transferable to any subsequent course within a six months period. The fee includes teas and a light lunch on each day, also beverages throughout the day, but does not include hotel or transportation costs.


COST: R 1,250 excl. Vat