When does Training Certifications Expire?
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.
Below is a list of these courses and how often they should be retaken to be valid:
Youth Protection—every two years
National Camping School—good for five camping seasons
Safe Swim Defense—every two years
Paddle Craft Safety—every three years
Aquatics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue—every three years
BSA Lifeguard—every three years
Visitation training—every two years
Lead Climbing Instructor—every five years
Climbing Instructor—every two years
COPE/Climbing Inspector—every two years
Safety Afloat—every two years
Chain Saw Safety—every two years
Trainer’s EDGE—every three years
Hazardous Weather—every two years
Physical Wellness—every two years
Climb On Safely—every two years
Trek Safely—every two years
As other courses are introduced, or as the Boy Scouts of American Volunteer Training Committees determine that courses have an “expiration date,” this list will be updated.
NOTE – As of August 2011, position specific training for all positions has NO EXPIRATION DATE. Other courses with NO EXPIRATION include:
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By the way, the BSA Volunteer Training Committee and your Central Florida Council 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!