Spirometry Interpretation Workshop

Course Info

Who should attend?

Any practice or occupational healthcare professional who is involved in carrying out spirometry in any setting who has (must have) undergone the Certificate of Competence in Spirometry Training Course within the past 2-3 years OR who has undergone the Spirometry Refresher Course within the past 2-3 years.

Course Description & Objectives

Real everyday spirometry issues are addressed using recently published data, including international guidelines as well as The South African Guidelines to Spirometry – Generation of acceptable and repeatable spirograms (SANS 451) to compare measured with predicted values as well as the most current draft of ARP 451, Spirometry – Application of SANS 451 – Guidance on the Interpretation of Spirograms, still due for publication.

This will enable the learner to interpret test results as normal, obstructive, restrictive or mixed obstructive/restrictive with a very good understanding of the how and why of these pictures.

Learner course evaluations include such comments as: “I have learned so much”, “I now feel confident to do and comment on this test”.

Course Content

  • To review aspects of respiratory physiology not covered during basic spirometry training which is essential knowledge for understanding interpretation
  • To briefly review and understand the criteria that ensure a valid test
  • To review the use and effect of predicted normal values and pitfalls to be aware of when interpreting spirometry
  • To review clear cut guidelines on ethnicity and ethnic corrections when interpreting results
  • To perform basic interpretation of spirometry tracings by comparing and contrasting normal, obstructive, restrictive and mixed obstructive/restrictive spirometry tracings
  • To measure changes in spirometry over time and determine their significance
  • When to refer a patient to a pulmonologist
  • To gain confidence in the interpretation of spirometry
  • To interpret spirometry without attempting to diagnose a patient

Course Programme

The course utilizes a combination of teaching methods including PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, quizzes and lots of practice and discussion with real life spirometry tracings.

On completion of the course a “Certificate of Attendance” is issued to the learner.

Course Materials

An up-to-date manual using current international and South African guidelines and draft guidelines (i.e. the most current information available) Spirometers and disposables are available for the attendees to use if they so wish.

Teas, a light lunch and refreshments are catered and included in the course price.

Please bring own calculators, pens and paper as well as any spirometry tracings 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 | training@ocsa.co.za or,
Lindsay van der Linden 083 659 5299 | linds@icon.co.za



Course fee includes a comprehensive manual, worksheets, quizzes and a Certificate of Attendance.

Refreshments throughout the day and a light lunch are included in the course fee.


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