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Bosch CDR Tool Technician Training - Online   

Online independent study course conducted over two consecutive weeks.

This course will provide you with an understanding of the components of the Bosch© Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Tool and the basic functions of the hardware and software. You will learn how to confidently collect and preserve data from various vehicle modules - including the airbag control module - from a variety of modern vehicles.

We will begin by learning some basic terms and definitions and the differences between the crash data retrieval (CDR), airbag control module (ACM) and event data recorder (EDR). We will discuss how to determine whether a vehicle is supported with the Bosch© CDR tool. You will learn how to select the appropriate method to get the data, and then how to preserve and save the collected data for later analysis.

We will present you with the proper techniques to use when collecting EDR data. You will learn how to troubleshoot data collection issues, how to prevent the corrupting or spoiling of data during extraction, and the legal issues you need to consider. In addition, we’ll teach you how to use the Bosch© CDR Tool Help File as a current and future resource.

Topics Include

  • Terms and definitions
  • NHTSA Part 563 introduction
  • Bosch© CDR Tool hardware
  • Bosch© CDR tool software
  • How to identify “supported” vehicles
  • Cable and adapter selection
  • The data collection process
  • In-vehicle (DLC) data collection
  • Direct to module (D2M) data collection
  • Accessing vehicle components
  • Vehicle safety
  • Assessing and documenting the vehicle condition
  • Vehicle owner’s manuals
  • Using digital multi-meters
  • Repowering options for DLC data collection
  • Troubleshooting
  • What to do after the data has been collected

To successfully complete the course, you will be required to use the Bosch© CDR tool to collect EDR data from five different vehicles/modules. The data obtained during these self-guided practical exercises will need to be uploaded into the online system.

Prior to the start of the course, you must have in your possession:

  • Bosch© CDR Software* and Activation Certificate (Not included)
  • Bosch© CDR DLC tool kit and direct-to-module (D2M) cables (As needed)
  • 12-volt automotive battery jump-pack with cigarette lighter plug
  • Digital multi-meter (Extech MN36 strongly recommended)
  • Various hand tools, including metric and imperial sockets
  • A 12” bar clamp with a “throat” depth of at least 3”

* IPTM recommends using the latest software to learn the full functionality of the current Bosch software.


This course is best suited for field investigators, insurance investigators and adjusters, those involved in vehicle documentation and examinations, or previous attendees who haven't had training within three-five years. The course is applicable to both law enforcement and private traffic crash investigators. 

Course Length

24 hours


This course must be completed within 30 days of registration and receipt of payment.

Online Details

Online environment: You will have 30 days to complete this self-paced course, which consists of two methods of instruction: formalized training modules and a self-guided practical exercise. The class is arranged in modules, and each module is centered around an online video and some practical exercises. During the course, you will demonstrate your ability to use the Bosch CDR Tool by collecting data from five different vehicles and submitting the applicable files. Once the 30-day period has ended, you may no longer have access and be required to re-enroll. Additional fees may apply.

Note for international students: You must have access to five Bosch© CDR-covered vehicles. This may require significant effort if you are not in one of the Bosch© covered regions (USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, China, Brazil, Japan, Europe and Puerto Rico).

This is an independent study, self-paced course. Although there are no specific times that you must be online, you will be required to complete assignments by the deadlines posted within the course. Hence, you must be committed to the course and invest the time necessary for successful completion. You should plan to dedicate approximately 16 hours to the course activities and 8 hours to the practical exercises.

The instructor will be available by email and help forum throughout the course.

Computer requirements Computer requirements: You will complete the course entirely online. A dependable broadband internet connection with a Windows or Mac computer is required. You will also need a valid e-mail account and a Windows compatible laptop running Windows 10 or higher with a serial port (USB or serial). Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download) is required. Assignments will require you to upload data and/or EDR files.

ACTAR Information

Pending final approval, this Bosch© CDR Tool Technician Training course will be eligible for 24 ACTAR CEUs.

Related Courses

This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.



Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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