The National Board for Respiratory Care to Acquire the Certified Asthma Educator Examination

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Beginning September 1, 2022, The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) will assume the Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C®) examination and all assets of the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB).

AE-C® certification is the official designation of a certified asthma educator who has the necessary knowledge and skills to counsel patients in asthma management and has successfully passed the credentialing exam. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited AE-C® examination will continue to be offered by the NBRC without disruption. All asthma educators’ credentials are still valid through the dates noted on their certificates, and certificants will be able to re-certify as before, either through continuing education credits or the AE-C® examination.

“We are so excited to bring this examination under our umbrella of specialty credentials. This multidisciplinary program will be a great addition to the offerings of the NBRC,” said Lori M. Tinkler, MBA, ICE-CCP, Chief Executive Officer of the NBRC.

“The NAECB was unanimous in the decision to join forces with the NBRC to continue to grow the AE-C® credential. We’ve maintained the Asthma Educator Exam for 20 years and have certified over 7,000 educators who’ve improved the care of patients who have asthma,” said Traci D. Arney, MN, FNP-C, FAANP, AE-C, Emeritus Member.

The NBRC, with its mission of promoting excellence in respiratory care, has a long, successful history of administering credentialing examinations, including those for Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT), Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT), and several specialty examinations including pulmonary function technology, neonatal/pediatric respiratory care, adult critical care, and sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention.