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Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Tool Technician - Online (Grant-Funded)   

Online independent study course conducted over two consecutive weeks.

Presented entirely online, this course will teach you how to use the Bosch© Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Tool to collect speed and/or crash severity data prior to and during a collision from a variety of modern vehicles.

We will begin with a relevant history of Event Data Recorders (EDRs) and the Bosch© CDR Tool. We will discuss the common terms used in association with EDR technology and you will learn how to load and activate the Bosch© CDR Tool software on your computer.

We will present you with the proper techniques to use when collecting EDR data. You’ll learn how to troubleshoot data collection issues, how to prevent the corrupting or spoiling of data 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

  • Understand the relevant History of Event Data Recorders (EDR) and the Bosch© CDR Tool
  • Learn common “Terms of Art” for EDR technology
  • Load and activate the Bosch© CDR Tool software
  • Use of the Bosch© CDR Tool Help File as a current and future resource
  • Collect EDR data using the Bosch© CDR Tool
  • Troubleshoot data collection issues
  • Prevent spoliation of EDR data
  • Legal considerations

To successfully complete the course, you will be required to use the CDR tool and airbag module to collect five EDR images from five different vehicles. 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 hardware* kit
  • 12-volt automotive battery jump-pack with cigarette lighter plug
  • Volt/Ohm meter (recommended)
  • Normal hand tools, including a ¼” drive ratchet set with metric and imperial sockets
  • Single wood clamp with jaws at least 4” (10 cm) deep and 3” (8 cm) wide

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


This online, grant-funded course is restricted to Florida law enforcement officers

Course Length

24 hours


This course must be completed within 30 days of registration.

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 a practical exercise or quiz. During the course, you will demonstrate your ability to use the CDR Tool by collecting data from five different vehicles and submitting the resulting images. Once the 30-day period has ended, you may no longer have access and be required to re-enroll. Additional fees may apply.

Registrations received between Sept. 1-15:  This course will close on September 30 at 11:59 pm (est). All course work and the final evaluation must be completed by this time or you will not receive credit for the course, per FDOT Grant Funding Rules.

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

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 8 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 images.

ACTAR Information

This Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Tool Technician course is eligible for 24 ACTAR CEUs.

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What Our Students Are Saying

  • “The course information was easily explained and I appreciated the addititional help with photos and step-by-step instructions.” – Inv. J.B.

This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.


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