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CTO FAQs for Instructors

CTO FAQs for Instructors

I completed the Communications Training Officer Instructor (CTOI) 5th Edition course in 2020. Can I complete the CTOI 6th Edition Update course?

Yes, as long as your CTO 5th Edition Instructor certification is current, you are eligible to complete the CTOI 6th Edition Update course at no cost to you during calendar year 2022.

I completed the course Communications Training Officer Instructor (CTOI) 5th Edition in 2021. Can I complete the CTOI 6th Edition Update course?

Yes, you are eligible to complete the CTOI 6th Edition Update course at no cost to you during calendar year 2022.

I received certification after completing CTOI 4th Edition. Am I eligible to take the CTOI 6th Edition Update course for recertification?

No. Students who completed CTOI 4th Edition but not CTOI 5th Edition will need to take the full CTO 6th Edition student course, plus the CTO 6th Edition Instructor course or upgrade if an existing instructor in another discipline before they can recertify.

When will the CTOI 6th Edition Update course be available?

The CTOI 6th Edition Update courses will be available for registration starting September 2021. Courses will begin in January 2022 and will be offered weekly at no cost to you through December 2022.

Is there a fee to take the CTOI 6th Edition Update course?

There is no cost for current CTOI 5th Edition students to take the CTOI 6th Edition Update course during calendar year 2022.

How long is the CTOI 6th Edition Update course?

The CTOI 6th Edition Update course is a free three-week, self-paced online course that should only require about two hours to complete.

Will I earn CDE hours for the CTOI 6th Edition Update course?

Yes. Students that successfully complete the CTOI 6th Edition Update course will earn two CDE hours.

I am an agency instructor. How long am I eligible to continue teaching if I have only taken CTOI 5th Edition?

Current CTOI 5th Edition agency instructors will be able to teach CTO 5th Edition course through June 30, 2022.  Affidavits of Training for CTO 5th Edition will only be accepted for classes taught with an end date no later than June 30, 2022 and must be received by mail or submitted via Agency Classes in Training Central, within 10 days of the course end date.

As an agency instructor, do I have the option to teach both CTO 5th Edition and CTO 6th Edition?

Agency instructors that update to CTOI 6th Edition before June 30, 2022 may teach both CTO 5th Edition and CTO 6th Edition as long as his/her certifications are current. Affidavits of Training for CTO 5th Edition will only be accepted for classes taught at the agency through June 30, 2022 and must be received by mail or submitted via Agency Classes in Training Central, within 10 days of the course end date. Starting July 1, 2022, they may only teach the CTO 6th Edition.

Will I be able to recertify my CTOI 5th Edition if I have not taken the CTOI 6th Edition update?

You will be able to recertify your CTOI 5th Edition in 2022, however, it will expire on December 31, 2022, and we will only be accepting CTO 5th Edition Affidavits of Training for classes taught at the agency through June 30, 2022. You are required to attend the CTOI 6th Edition Update course at no cost to you prior to December 31, 2022. Once you complete the CTOI 6th Edition Update course, your expiration date will be two years from the date that you submitted your CTOI 5th Edition recertification.

How long do I have to complete the CTOI 6th Edition Update course?

All current CTO 5th Edition Instructors must complete the CTOI 6th Edition Update course by December 31, 2022 to remain current.

Does my recertification change/get extended if I take the CTOI 6th Edition Update course?

No. The CTO 6th Edition Instructor Update course will have the same certification expiration date as your current CTO 5th Edition Instructor certification.

What happens if I do not take the CTOI 6th Edition Update course?

If an instructor does not complete the CTOI 6th Edition Update course and does not recertify by December 31, 2022, then he/she will need to take the full CTO 6th Edition student course plus the full CTO 6th Edition Instructor course or upgrade if an existing instructor in another discipline prior to teaching the CTO 6th Edition at their agency.

I have not taken the CTOI 6th Edition Update course, but I recertified my CTOI 5th Edition before December 31, 2022. How long am I eligible to teach?

Instructors recertified in CTOI 5th Edition will only be able to teach CTO 5th Edition until June 30, 2022. The CTO 6th Edition Instructor Update course will have the same certification expiration date as your current CTO 5th Edition Instructor certification. They will need to take the CTOI 6th Edition Update course by December 31, 2022.  We will not be offering a grace period. If not updated by then, they will need to take the full CTO 6th Edition Student course and the full CTOI 6th Edition Instructor course or upgrade if an existing Instructor in another discipline prior to teaching the CTO 6th Edition at their agency.

If I choose not to take the CTOI 6th Edition Update course or recertify to CTOI 6th Edition, what happens to my certification?

Instructors need to have completed the CTOI 6th Edition Update course by December 31, 2022 to be eligible for APCO recertification. The CTOI 5th Edition certification will expire December 31, 2022.  We will not be offering a grace period. If not updated by that time, they will need to take the full CTO 6th Edition Student course and the full CTO 6th Edition Instructor course or upgrade if an existing Instructor in another discipline prior to teaching the CTO 6th Edition at their agency.

I am interested in becoming a CTO instructor, what steps do I need to take?

Prior to January 1, 2022, you may attend the CTO 5th Edition student course, then attend the CTO 5th Edition Instructor course (or upgrade if you are an existing Instructor in another discipline). Then update to CTO 6th Edition Instructor at no cost to you during calendar year 2022. Affidavits of Training for CTO 5th Edition will only be accepted for classes taught at the agency through June 30, 2022 and must be received by mail or submitted via Agency Classes in Training Central, within 10 days of the course end date.

After January 1, 2022, you may attend the CTO 6th Edition Student course, then attend the CTO 6th Edition Instructor course (or upgrade if you are an existing Instructor in another discipline).

I am a CTO 6th Edition Instructor for my agency and have extra copies of the CTO 5th Edition textbook. What should I do with them? How can I order textbooks for CTO 6th Edition?

Once you have completed the CTO 6th Edition Instructor Update course, you can exchange CTO 5th Edition books for CTO 6th Edition The book exchange will be in effect until December 31, 2022. Please use the book exchange form found in the CTO 6th Edition Agency Instructor Community in PSConnect and affix CTO 5th Edition book stickers.
The cost will be $30.00 per manual. Credit on account is not applicable. You will receive a new CTO 6th Edition manual in exchange.