Do we need to retain original copies of course completion diplomas?

Generally speaking, no.

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Generally speaking, no. Under Federal Rule of Evidence 1003, copies are admissible to the same extent as the originals unless there is a genuine question as to the authenticity of the copies. In most cases, you usually do not need to maintain copies of the diplomas, either, so long as you maintain records of the underlying training event and student completion data.

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