ASPIRE CERTIFICATION COURSE

ASPIRE aims to develop Certification courses for HCPs in the fertility and ART-related industry, especially in the Asia Pacific Region, who wish to acquire validation and achieve proficient standards that demonstrates their level of knowledge and skills. The courses are developed with a goal to close knowledge gaps and staying current with latest technologies and procedures in ART.

ASPIRE certification aims to certify competence of HCPs in the fertility and ART-related industry and strengthen standard of excellence.

The following certificate course(s) are offered at the moment:

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This certification course aims to introduce the newly launched “WHO Laboratory Manual for the Examination and Processing of Human Semen, 6th Edition” which was published in July 2021.

The course comprised of 6 webinar modules, which focus on the different chapters of the newest manual. The first 5 webinars are designed to cover the entire contents of the newest manual and the last webinar discusses the manual from the point of view of clinical applications and implications.

By explaining the information and recommendations provided by the newest edition, as well as elaborating in detail about the principles, techniques and protocols described in the newest edition, this certification course will give participants a better understanding of the sixth edition of the WHO manual.

This certificate course is developed by the ASPIRE Embryology Special Interest Group and Male Infertility Special Interest Group.

COURSE OUTLINE

# Module Title Date and Time Modules Outline and Learning Objectives Target Participants
1 Introduction to the 6th Edition of the WHO Laboratory Manual for the Examination and Processing of Human Semen Sat, 4 December 2021
1pm – 2.30pm GMT+8
Module Outline

  1. Historical background
    Speaker: Dr Haroon Latif (Pakistan)
  2. Overview of the new manual
    Speaker: Professor Christopher Barratt (United Kingdom)
  3. Differences between 5th and 6th manual editions
    Speaker: Professor De-Yi Liu (Australia)

This session is chaired by Professor Chi Ling (Hong Kong) & Professor Gwo-Jang Wu

Learning Objective
Participants will get the whole picture of the history and background of the sixth edition, and the character of this edition, as well as the differences between the sixth edition and the fifth edition.

Lab, physicians (REI/OB/GYN/Urology), clinic managers, nurses, geneticists, genetic counsellors, and researchers.
2 Semen Examination – Basic, Extended and Advanced Sat, 18 December 2021
6pm – 7.30pm GMT+8
Module Outline

  1. Basic Examination
    Speaker: Professor Lars Björndahl (Sweden)
  2. Sperm DNA fragmentation, genetics and genomic tests
    Speaker: Professor Gwo-Jang Wu (Taiwan)
  3. Antibodies, biochemical assays, sequence of ejaculation, ROS
    Speaker: Professor Ashok Agarwal (USA)

This session is chaired by Dr Keshav Malhotra (India)

Learning Objective
Participants will learn the basic, extended, and advanced semen examination methods in a clinical or research setting described in this newest manual.

Lab, physicians (REI/OB/GYN/Urology), geneticists, and genetic counsellors.
3 Sperm preparation techniques

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Sat, 8 January 2022
12pm – 1.30pm GMT+8
Module Outline

  1. General principles
    Speaker: Professor Chi Ling (Hong Kong)
  2. Common techniques used in the laboratory
    Speaker: Professor Arthur Chang (USA)
  3. Special samples (MACS)
    Speaker: Dr Keshav Malhotra (India)

This session is chaired by Professor Gwo-Jang Wu (Taiwan)

Learning Objective
Participants will learn the basic principles, bench techniques and handling tricks of sperm preparation introduced by this newest manual.

Lab, physicians (REI/OB/GYN/Urology), geneticists, and nurses.
4 Cryopreservation of spermatozoa Sat, 22 January 2022
12pm – 1.30pm GMT+8
Module Outline

  1. General principles
    Speaker: Professor Yuji Endo (Japan)
  2. Common techniques
    Speaker: Dr Halil Ruso (Turkey)
  3. Special samples
    Speaker: Professor Atsushi Tanaka (Japan)

This session is chaired by Professor Arthur Chang (USA)

Learning Objective
Participants will learn the general principles of sperm cryo-storage and common techniques of cryopreservation, as well as the management of special semen samples introduced by this newest manual.

Lab, physicians (REI/OB/GYN/Urology), geneticists, clinic managers, and researchers.
5 Quality assurance and quality control Sat, 5 February 2022
3pm – 4.30pm GMT+8
Module Outline

  1. QC and QA in andrology laboratory
    Speaker: Professor Arief Boediono (Indonesia)
  2. Errors and troubleshooting in andrology laboratory
    Speaker: Dr Nelson Holiva (Saudi Arabia)
  3. Training and validation of Andrologists
    Speaker: TBC

This session is chaired by Dr Haroon Latif (Pakistan)

Learning Objective
Participants will learn how to set up a QC/QA system in an andrology lab, and how to prevent errors, how to perform troubleshooting, as well as how to set up a clinical andrologist training program described in this newest manual.

Lab, physicians (REI/OB/GYN/Urology), clinic managers, and researchers.
6 Clinical Applications and Implications of the Revised WHO Semen Manual Sat, 19 February 2022
3pm – 4.30pm GMT+8
Module Outline

  1. A Laboratory Perspective
    Speaker: Professor Sally Catt (Australia)
  2. A Urologist’s Perspective
    Speaker: Dr Rupin Shah (India)
  3. A Fertility Specialist’s Perspective
    Speaker: Professor Atsushi Tanaka (Japan)

This session is chaired by Dr Virgilio Novero (Philippines)

Learning Objective
Participants will acquire the shared information and experiences from speakers on how to implement the newest manual to clinical practice.

Lab, physicians (REI/OB/GYN/Urology), and genetic counsellors.

PARTICIPATION

Type of Certifications Description Criteria Price How to register
1) Basic Certificate of Completion This certificate validates that the recipient’s knowledge of the “WHO Laboratory Manual for the Examination and Processing of Human Semen, 6th Edition” is satisfactory.
  • Attend all the 6 webinar modules and participate in at least 50% of the programme for each webinar module.
  • Complete 1 pre-test and 1 post-test per module by the stipulated deadline
  • Complete a final examination with minimum passing grade of 70% in two attempts by the stipulated time.
  • Documents required for application:
    • A copy of the applicant’s highest obtained diploma in medical, biological or natural science [BSc, MSc, MD, MBBS, PhD, or DVM]
    • An official English version or translation of your diploma
    • A copy/scan of your passport or ID
    • Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae or short bio listing clinical ART experience and current job appointment(s).
    • The applicant should be employed in a clinical ART lab currently or within the past 24-months, and proficient in understanding the webinar contents presented in English and answering the pre-quiz, post-quiz, and final exam.

ASPIRE Members
USD 100

Non-ASPIRE Members
USD 200

REGISTRATION CLOSED
2) Certificate of Attendance This certificate is a proof of attendance by the participant. Participant will have to attend at least 50% of each webinar in the certification course

ASPIRE Members
Free

Non-ASPIRE Members
USD 65 per webinar

Register via the respective links below:
Module 1: Click here
Module 2: Click here
Module 3: Click here
Module 4: Click here
Module 5: Click here
Module 6: Click here