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CTO FAQs for Students

CTO FAQs for Students

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

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

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

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

I completed CTO 4th Edition. Am I eligible to take the CTO 6th Edition Update coursefor recertification?

No. Students who completed CTO 4th Edition but not CTO 5th Edition will need to take the full CTO 6th Edition course.

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

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

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

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

How long is the CTO 6th Edition Update course?

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

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

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

Will I be able to recertify my CTO 5th Edition if I have not taken the CTO 6th Ed Update course?

Yes, you will be able to recertify your CTO 5th Edition certification however you will be required to attend the CTO 6th Edition Update course no cost to you prior to December 31, 2022.  If not, you will be required to attend the full CTO 6th Edition student course at full cost in lieu of recertifying your CTO 5th Edition certification two years later.

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

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

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

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

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

If you do not complete the CTO 6th Edition Update course by December 31, 2022, then you are required to take the full CTO 6th Edition student course in lieu of recertifying your CTO 5th Edition certification.

My recertification expired but I took the CTO 6th Edition Update course. Am I still certified?

No. The CTO 6th Edition Update certification holds the same expiration date as your CTO 5th Edition certification. You will be required to recertify your CTO 6th Edition certification. Late/noncompliance fees/processes may apply.

I completed the CTO 5th Edition course and the CTO 6th Edition Update course. Am I automatically recertified for an additional two years?

No, the CTO 6th Edition Update certification will have the same expiration date as your CTO 5th Ed certification.  You may have additional actions to take before your recertification is valid. Refer to the Recertification page to review all necessary requirements to successfully recertify as a CTO.

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

You need to have completed the free CTO 6th Edition Update course by December 31, 2022, to remain a current CTO. If not updated by that time, you will be out of compliance, and it will be up to your agency how that affects your job status. At your next recertification date, you will be required to take the full CTO 6th Edition student course.