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:

This certificate course is designed to provide an update on the various counselling skills for nurse practitioners or counsellors involved in the practice of infertility & assisted conception.

This certificate course is supported with an unrestricted education grant by

COURSE OUTLINE

# Module Title Date and Time (GMT+8) Modules Outline and Learning Objectives Target Participants
1 Basic Aspects & Information Counselling Tues, 14 June 2022
5pm – 6.45pm
Module Outline

1. Introduction to Basic Counselling & Communication Skills
2. Identify Patients Who Needs Counselling: Role & Responsibilities of a Nurse Practitioner
3. Information Counselling – Nurse Counselling Prior to ART Treatment 

Learning Objectives

To understand the basic principle and practice of counselling in assisted conception, the special role of a nurse counsellor, and how the different methods of information counselling have evolved in clinical practice over the years.

Nurse practitioners, counsellors, psychologists or practice managers involved in infertility and assisted conception.
2 Supportive Counselling

 

Tues, 28 June 2022
5pm – 6.45pm
Module Outline

1. Stress & Anxiety During the ART Journey – How to Reduce It
2. Depression Following Repeated Treatment Failure – How to Manage
3. Miscarriage & Recurrent Miscarriage – The Final Straw?

 Learning Objectives

To understand the various sources of stress and depression encountered during the ART journey, how to recognise them at an early stage and how a nurse may provide effective support in daily practice

Nurse practitioners, counsellors, psychologists or practice managers involved in infertility and assisted conception.
3 Implication Counselling & Experience Sharing Tues, 12 July 2022
5pm – 6.45pm
Module Outline

1. Donor Gametes
2. Acceptance, Adoption & Surrogacy
3. Cases Discussion & Experience Sharing

 Learning Objectives

To understand the special need of patients considering donor gametes, adoption, surrogacy or acceptance and the social, legal and ethical implications for each of these special treatment options

Nurse practitioners, counsellors, psychologists or practice managers involved in infertility and assisted conception.

 

PARTICIPATION

Type of Certifications Description Criteria Price How to register
1) Basic Certificate of Completion This certificate validates that the recipient’s knowledge of Counselling is satisfactory · Attend all the 3 webinar modules and participate in at least 70% 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% by the stipulated deadline. Two attempts will be given.

Entry Requirements:

· Holds a relevant degree or diploma or certificate in nursing or equivalent
· Currently working in the relevant field (Practicing Nurses / Registered Midwives / Registered Counsellors)

ASPIRE Members

Free

 

Non-ASPIRE Members

USD 50

Click here to register

*Registration closes on 7 June 2022.

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: Coming soon

 

 

 

 

Past Certificate Courses

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.

The attainment of 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.

COURSE OUTLINE [VIEW FLYER]

# 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

Chairs: Professor Chi Ling (Hong Kong) & Professor Gwo-Jang Wu

  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)

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

Chair: Dr Keshav Malhotra (India)

  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)

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

*This webinar is supported by

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

Chair: Professor Gwo-Jang Wu (Taiwan)

  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)

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

Chair: Professor Arthur Chang (USA)

  1. General Principles
    Speaker: Professor Yuji Endo (Japan)
  2. Common Techniques
    Speaker: Dr Halil Ruso (Turkey)
  3. Special Samples
    Speaker: Professor Atsushi Tanaka (Japan)

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

Chair: Dr Haroon Latif (Pakistan)

  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. Standardization and external quality control for semen analysis as exemplified by the German QuaDeGA system
    Speaker: Emeritus Professor Eberhard Nieschlag (Germany)

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

Chair: Dr Virgilio Novero (Philippines)

  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)

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 70% 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% by the stipulated deadline. Two attempts will be given.
  • 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

REGISTRATION CLOSED

This certificate course aims to help practising nurses in Asia-Pacific region to be updated on management of common problems encountered during early pregnancy. Specifically, it will help nurses working in IVF units understand how these problems are managed nowadays, how these problems may affect the monitoring of pregnancy arising from assisted conception, and the extra care required for women who are at risk of these complications.

This certificate course is supported with an unrestricted education grant by

COURSE OUTLINE [ VIEW FLYER ]

# Module Title Date and Time Modules Outline and Learning Objectives Target Participants
1 Assessment of Early Pregnancy Tues, 8 Feb 2022
5pm – 6.45 pm (GMT+8)
Module Outline

Chair: Professor Budi Wiweko (Indonesia) | Co-Chair: Nurse Carmel Carrigan (Australia)

1. Hormone Measurements in Early Pregnancy
Speaker: Dr Duru Shah (India)

2. Ultrasound in Early Pregnancy
Speaker: Dr Sotirios Saravelos (United Kingdom)

3. How to Manage Threatened Miscarriage?
Speaker: Assistant Professor Tracy Law (Hong Kong)

Learning Objectives
– The endocrinology of implantation, the value of hCG & P measurement and how they change during pregnancy & following miscarriage, discriminatory level.
– Observations expected at different stages of early pregnancy, discriminatory level; TAS vs TVS; finding of haematoma & its prognostic value and pregnancy of unknown location
– How to advice patient with threatened miscarriage

Nurse practitioners in reproduction, gynaecology or obstetrics
2 Management (I) Early Pregnancy Complications Tues, 22 Feb 2022
5pm – 6.45 pm (GMT+8)
Module Outline

Chair: Dr. Madhuri Patil (India) | Co-Chair: Nurse Astor Tse (Hong Kong)

1. What Are Management Options in Confirmed Miscarriage?
Speaker: Dr Sylvia Choi (Hong Kong)

2. Ectopic Pregnancy – Diagnosis and Management
Speaker: Dr Virgilio Novero (Philippines)

3. Recurrent Miscarriage – Evidence-Based Investigation and Management
Speaker: Assistant Professor Chen Xiaoyan (China)

Learning Objectives
– Advantages for USS guided manual vacuum aspiration for delayed miscarriage
– Diagnosis and management of molar pregnancy, partial mole & molar degeneration
– Diagnosis and management option for Ectopic Pregnancy
– International guidelines and management of recurrent miscarriage

Nurse practitioners in reproduction, gynaecology or obstetrics
3 Management (II) Mid-Trimester Loss, Miscarriage Prevention & EPAU Tues, 8 Mar 2022
5pm – 6.45 pm (GMT+8)
Module Outline

Chair: Professor Rashida Begum (Bangladesh) | Co-Chair: Nurse Meghan Black (New Zealand)

1. Mid-Trimester Miscarriage
Speaker: Associate Professor Dee McCormick (Australia)

2. Prevention of Miscarriage
Speaker: Professor Tin-Chiu Li (Hong Kong)

3. The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit – UK Experience
Speaker: Professor Roy Farquharson (United Kingdom)

Learning Objectives
– Causes of mid-trimester miscarriages
– The extent to which miscarriage can be prevented
– Nurse practitioners’ role in early pregnancy assessment and training issues

Nurse practitioners in reproduction, gynaecology or obstetrics

PARTICIPATION

Type of Certifications Description Criteria Price How to register
1) Basic Certificate of Completion This certificate validates that the recipient’s knowledge of Early Pregnancy Management is satisfactory • Attend all the 3 webinar modules and participate in at least 70% 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% by the stipulated deadline. Two attempts will be given.Entry Requirements:
• Holds a relevant degree or diploma or certificate in nursing or equivalent
• Currently working in the relevant field (Practicing Nurses / Registered Midwives)
ASPIRE Members
FreeNon-ASPIRE Members
USD 50
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
FreeNon-ASPIRE Members
USD 65 per webinar
REGISTRATION CLOSED