How long does training last?

A friend recently asked a great question – one that I had to dig around to get the answers for. Going into our prime camping season, it’s a great time to review your own training records and make sure everything is up to date!

Some classes “expire” while others do not. A lot depends on how quickly information changes – for example CPR and First Aid are 2 year certifications because the information within them changes quite frequently. It seems every time we turn around the CPR training changes. And while most First Aid doesn’t really change, sometimes it’s the documentation and reporting portions that change.

Additionally, some of these courses qualify for “taking a refresher” instead of having to take the whole course over again. For example, my Lifeguarding training, which used to be good for 3 years, but is now only good for 2 years, only requires that I have retested each 2 years – not that I completely repeat the course over again. (Although sometimes repeating a class like that is the only way I can take it.)

Here are the other courses I know of that expire:

•    Youth Protection – every two years – available on line

•    Safe Swim Defense – every two years – available on line

•    Visitation training – every two years – local council training

•    Paddle Craft Safety – every three years – local council training

•    Climbing Lead Instructor – every two years – local council training

•    Climbing Instructor – every two years – local council training

•    COPE/Climbing Inspector – every two years – local council training

•    Safety Afloat – every two years – available on line

•    Chainsaw Safety – every two years – local council training

•    Hazardous Weather – every two years – available on line

•    Physical Wellness – every two years – available on line

•    Climb On Safely – every two years – available on line

•    Trek Safely – every two years – available on line

•    Trainers EDGE – every three years – local council training (req for staffing Wood Badge)

•    Paddle Craft Safety – every three years – local council training

•    Aquatics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue – every three years – local council training

•    BSA Lifeguard – every TWO years – local council training (changed in 2012 to match Red Cross)

•    Trainer’s EDGE – every three years – local council training

•    National Camping School – good for five camping seasons – regional training on a variety of subject areas

•    NRA RSO / Instructor Training – must be renewed EVERY year on line (with NRA)

•    First Aid – every two years – refreshers available (Red Cross or American Heart)

•    CPR / Heartsaver – every two years – refreshers available (Red Cross or American Heart)

“Position Specific” trainings, like Den Leader, Cubmaster, Committee Member, etc. – those are basically “good forever.” I don’t know if the BSA will always look at it that way, but they certainly do for now. And some courses you’re never allowed to take again – at least not in their current form – for example you can only attend Wood Badge for the 21st Century as a participant once.

I’ve also posted this same information under the Program & Committees tab, under Training. Look for it there!

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