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.

time-warpBelow 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!