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What is an endorsement?

By taking and passing the specified course, a certified ACA Instructor can become endorsed to teach additional, specialized courses.


Who can teach an endorsement?

Any appropriately certified ACA Instructor Trainer or Instructor Trainer Educator.


Can an endorsement serve as the update portion of the instructor maintenance requirement?

Effective January 1, 2020: Endorsements may no longer be used as an instructor update as related to certification maintenance requirements.


*Endorsement credentials earned prior to 1/1/20 will still be counted towards instructor maintenance requirements in the certification cycle to which they apply.


The following endorsements to an instructor's certification are available:

For additional information about endorsements to an instructor's certification, contact the Safety Education & Instruction Department.

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