Training Recertification – How Often?
Keeping Scouts safe and keeping Scouting leaders up to date with current information and methods means some of the BSA’s training courses need to be retaken every couple of years. We all know about Youth Protection training and National Camping School, but there are some others—including some that have recently been added to the list.
Below is a list of these courses and how often they should be retaken to be valid:
Aquatics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue—every three years
BSA Lifeguard—every three years
Chain Saw Safety—every two years
Climbing Lead Instructor—every two years
Climbing Instructor—every two years
Climb On Safely—every two years
COPE/Climbing Inspector—every two years
Hazardous Weather—every two years
National Camping School—good for five camping seasons
Paddle Craft Safety—every three years
Physical Wellness—every two years
Safe Swim Defense—every two years
Safety Afloat—every two years
Trainer’s EDGE—every three years
Trek Safely—every two years
Visitation training—every two years
Youth Protection—every two years
By the way, the BSA Volunteer Training Committee encourages you to take the most current training courses for your Scouting position even if there is no expiration, or even if you are considered “trained” as a result of taking an older course. It is always better for our Scouts when their leaders stay up to date!