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Master Instructor - An ACBTI with a CBRM 

ACBTI Certification Instructor Requirements



All trainers applying for ACBTI must meet the following prerequisites

OSHA 10 or 30 General Construction or Industry (2nd Party Certificate of Training.)

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (2nd Party Certificate of Training.)

OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response 40-Hr. (2nd party Certificate of Training) Applicants outside of the USA must submit: HAZWOPER lecture or equivalent CBRNE Training. *HAZWOPER, OSHA 10 or 30 General Construction or General Industry and Bloodborne Pathogens. Training is available through a variety of online vendors.

Be a verified and current CBRT with a passing exam score of 90%

 Additional Requirements:

Following the prerequisite requirements applicants must:

  1. Go through or have gone through the ABRA CBRT training course in advance of the application process.

  2. Pass the 100pt CBRT exam with a 90% or better and then;

  3. Obtain the next level of CBRS or CBRM by Jan 1st 2020 and consistently maintain the annual CBRS requirements and designation accordingly thereafter

  4. Maintain at a minimum the ABRA CBRS with the understanding that by Jan 1, 2023 all ACBTI’s must apply for and meet the additional prerequisite requirements for the CBRM (CERTIFIED BIO RECOVERY MASTER) and become a CBRM by passing the CBRM exam.

  5. Demonstrate 5 years of related training experience and 5 Years of Bio-Recovery experience by submitting 5 references and 5 dated project summaries to include:

Five projects the individual completed that has shown knowledge, training and leadership in the bio-recovery field.

A brief paragraph for each of the five projects explaining the issues or peril encountered, the methods of mitigation used, how corrective action was implemented and a description of the outcome. Pass the ABRA BOD review without any additional corrective action or objectionable comments

 Submit to the ACTBI application process with all required information, documentation and affidavits while maintaining a current status on the CBRT and CBRS levels as is applicable.

ACTBI CHECK LIST (First Party Signatures on Certificates of Training are not permitted)

1) ABRA CBRT Course completed with a passing score of 90%

2) Obtain a CBRS or CBRM by submitting the proper documentation

- See requirements in the CBRS or CBRM application

3) Submit a copy of the 16-Hour Course (See Process below)

4) Copy of the candidate's certificate of Insurance (See Insurance Requirements Below)            

Insurance requirements: Must maintain Professional Liability and Errors and Omissions         $1,000,000.00 or greater/occurrence

5) Copy of Signed ACTBI Application and Affidavit

*All Documents must be separate and be in .pdf format.


Application Process

Applicant MUST meet the Instructor requirements checklist above.  Applicant’s course/presentation is sent to all current ABRA Master instructors for review for comments to the Board of Directors; (for viewing purposes only; via WebEx presentation - (not required to provide software) approval of the course/presentation requires a majority vote of approval from the Board of Directors.

Once approved; the applicant is to co-teach a class with an ABRA Master ACBTI. (During the class, there will be a checklist of course criteria.) After the class, there will be an evaluation form from the students.

Once the checklist and evaluation is reviewed, and; If the individual does not possess the knowledge and skills required to be a competent instructor, the written evaluation shall provide specific areas of weakness and suggestions for remediation of those areas.

The Board of Directors shall act upon the recommendation at a meeting at which the interested parties may speak. Once the checklist and evaluation is shared with the Board of Directors and deemed approved; Motion to the BOD for approval of the applicant to become an ABRA approved instructor.

Once approved, the instructor will be required to collect evaluation forms from all students for all classes for a probationary period of 3 courses or 30 students; (in order to collect 30 evaluations) whichever comes first at the end of the 1 year period, peer review of the evaluation forms will be performed.

If the results are approved, the newest instructor is then vetted Once approved, instructors must: Teach a minimum of three CBRT classes each year as a measure of ongoing course quality - Instructors must co-teach at least one course every three years to maintain their certification. (Avoid false claims of ABRA approved Instructor)

Persons who have passed the requirements for the ABRA Certified Instructor shall be entitled to use the initials (ACBTI) after their name.  

If you are interested in becoming an ABRA Certified BioRecovery Technician Instructor.  Please submit a letter of interest to:       Subject Line ACBTI


 Independent School Certification

 Schools must have and employ at least one ABRA ACBTI at all times and must submit the proper documentation along with the application required below. 

Subordinate Instructor Policy

(ABRA - CBTS). All school representatives must have gone through the process of becoming an ACBTI Instructor and can supervise the instruction of their approved course by subordinates. The School Representative must sign off on each intake form and is responsible for oversight of the 24-hr course requirement.

School Insurance Requirements

All Schools must have E&O insurance and Professional Liability coverage in the amount of no less than $500,000.00 total aggregate.

You must maintain a page on your website that advertises the educational instruction for prospective students for the American Bio Recovery certification. 

Benefits: Schools will then have the usage rights of the ABRA Trademarked logo under the same requirements in Active Membership with the words "Certified Bio Recovery Technician School" Schools will be featured on the website and their course registration links will be advertised on the website. The school must advertise three courses/year and provide a link to the course registration information. 

If you are interested in becoming an ABRA Certified BioRecovery Technician School.  Please submit a letter of interest to:  You will receive a formal application shortly after we receive your letter.       Subject Line ABRA School


Feb 10, 2018

CBRM – Corporate Internal Training Policy

CBRM are not allowed to advertise external training to the Open Market.  Unless they upgrade to ACBTI status. Those CBRMs that are also Franchisers are limited to only train their own direct reports.  Training other Franchises is considered external training and must be provided by an ABRA ACTBI.  

1.  For CBRMs the 90% Exam passing requirement is waived.  All other prerequisite requirements remain. If other trainers want to allow new applicants to either license or purchase training presentations that is up to the current individual ACBTIs. 

2.  Waived -  Once approved; the applicant is to co-teach a class with an ABRA ACBTI. (During the class, there will be a checklist of course criteria.)

3.  If you are training your own people those individuals must take the Online Proctored Exam so we can mitigate the risk of bias.  You will be provided exam credentials for those individuals so they can sign in and take the exam at their leisure when the Exam fee is paid.  

4. The measure of how the CBRM Internal only Instructor teaches will be held by how well the students do on the remote proctored exam.   If the exam scores are poor, it is not ABRAs issue.  

The policy not only directly boosts the value and marketability of the CBRM credential but also make it a lot less expensive for contractors to maintain ABRA Membership status and increase the technician count within their organizations.   Any CBRMs caught advertising external Trauma or CTS training will result in the revocation of the CBRM credential. 



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ABRA’s objective is “to achieve and maintain the highest levels of competence among members in the performance of their profession. To teach, instill and require the highest technical, ethical and educational standards.” ABRA certified firms are required to maintain proper insurance, OSHA compliance, Bloodborne Pathogen training records, respirator fit testing, proper handling of biohazardous waste and other laws or requirements in order to maintain good standing with the American Bio-Recovery Association aka ABRA.