Resource Central

We support the need for excellence in the field through rigorous examinations that ensure hard work and dedication go into achieving and maintaining NBRC credentials. Part of our commitment includes making sure you have access to the resources and information you need to fulfill your own role in ensuring excellence in respiratory patient care.

To find the resources you need, click or tap on a category below.

Candidate and Practitioner Videos

Find out everything you need to know by watching our ten instructional and informational videos created with candidates and credentialed practitioners in mind and based on the most frequently asked questions we receive.

In these videos, candidates will be guided through the online application process, discover why it is important not to share content from examinations, and see how to order a credential verification once a credential is earned.

Credentialed practitioners will learn what is required to maintain their credential, how to access their personal dashboard to provide credential maintenance information and order products, and find out the benefits of earning a specialty credential.

Videos also include topics such as how examination questions are developed, NBRC’s sponsoring organizations, use of NBRC credentials for licensing and so much more!

Get the Answers You Need

Visit our FAQ page for answers to your questions about our seven credentialing examinations, NBRC member services, the benefits of active status, maintaining your credentials, and more.

Find the Documents You Need

Visit our Document Library for fast access to the Candidate Handbook, applications, exam content outlines, program brochures, and more.

State Licensure

Since the CRT Examination was first used for state licensure in 1985, the NBRC has fostered a strong partnership with state licensure agencies. Today, 49 states regulate respiratory care practice, and they all recognize NBRC credentials as the standards for licensure, forming the basis for reciprocity and enabling credentialed practitioners to relocate from one state to another with ease.

To ensure the value and recognition of the voluntary national credentials, the NBRC has adopted policies permitting the Therapist Multiple-Choice and Clinical Simulation Examinations to be administered on behalf of state agencies for licensure purposes only. Candidates for state licensing apply according to procedures established by the respective state. Questions concerning testing for licensure purposes only should be directed to the responsible state agency.

State Licensure Agency Representatives

Log in to the State Licensure Agency Portal below, which includes access to the National Respiratory Care Disciplinary Database. The National Respiratory Care Disciplinary Database was jointly created by the NBRC and the AARC as a repository for final disciplinary actions taken against respiratory care practitioners by state licensure agencies, the NBRC and AARC. Disciplinary actions are considered final after all appeals have been exhausted; pending actions or appeals are not maintained in the database.

Verify Credentials

Employers, verification agencies, consumers and credentialed practitioners may obtain online verification of all NBRC credentialed practitioners via the Credentialed Practitioner Directory. Credentialing information provided by the NBRC (electronic, verbal, written or otherwise) is considered primary source verification.

Credentialed Practitioners – Login to purchase an official credential verification letter, replacement certificate or wallet card.

Education Programs

Respiratory care education programs are accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC is the sole nationally recognized authority for the accreditation of first professional degree programs in respiratory care. CoARC and its sponsoring organizations cooperate to establish, maintain and promote educational standards of quality to prepare individuals for respiratory care practice, and to provide recognition for degree-granting, post-secondary educational programs that meet the minimum requirements outlined in the Accreditation Standards of the Profession of Respiratory Care.

The CoARC publishes a listing of accredited respiratory care programs in the United States and can provide other information about the educational system.