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Virtual DOT SAP Qualification & Requalification

Our 14-hour Virtual DOT SAP Qualification/Requalification training provides in depth instruction on the following subjects:

(i) Background, rationale, and coverage of the Department's drug and alcohol testing program;

 (ii) 49 CFR Part 40 and DOT agency drug and alcohol testing rules;

 (iii) Key DOT drug testing requirements, including collections, laboratory testing, MRO review, and problems in drug testing;

 (iv) Key DOT alcohol testing requirements, including the testing process, the role of BATs and STTs, and problems in alcohol tests;

 (v) SAP qualifications and prohibitions;

 (vi) The role of the SAP in the return-to-duty process, including the initial employee evaluation, referrals for education and/or treatment, the follow-up evaluation, continuing treatment recommendations, and the follow-up testing plan;

 (vii) SAP consultation and communication with employers, MROs, and treatment providers;

 (viii) Reporting and recordkeeping requirements;

 (ix) Issues that SAPs confront in carrying out their duties under the program.

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What you will get in this course

Virtual DOT SAP Course Agendas and 2024 Training Dates

Training materials include 3 information packets - #1 Rules and Regulations, #2 Slides and Forms, and #3 Articles of Interest



August 13 and 15, August 20 and 22 - Noon Eastern Time

October 15 and 17, October 22 and 24 - Noon Eastern Time

Session 1:

Regulatory framework of 49CFR Part 40, SAP qualifications, Role of designated employer  representatives, Challenges in communication, Types of testing – Gatekeeper Tests, Preventative Tests, and Responsive Tests, Regulatory framework of FMCSA Part 382.

Session 2:

Drug test collection, Testing technology, Testing panel, Laboratory analysis of samples, Role of the Medical Review Officer. Alcohol test collection, Testing technology.

Session 3:

SAP Initial Assessment, FMCSA Clearinghouse, Intake content, Assessment tools, Limits of confidentiality, Determining level of care, Referrals to treatment, Referrals to education, Testing in treatment, SAP Reports.

Session 4:

SAP Follow Up Assessment, Monitoring participation, Responses to treatment issues, Consultation with treatment providers, Communication challenges, Role of DOT Qualified Medical Examiners, Assessing compliance, Assessment tools, Continuing care recommendations, Follow up testing plan, SAP reports.

Following completion of your training, you must satisfactorily complete an examination. This examination must be given by a nationally recognized professional or training organization, and must comprehensively cover all the elements required for the qualification training. Please be aware that DOT requires these training or professional organizations to have their SAP examination validated by a test evaluation organization.

Where can you find a SAP exam?

Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA)

 EAPA offers an on-line          examination at $175              for EAPA members         and $225 for non-members.

Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior and Buckley Productions, Inc. (IAHB) 

IAHB offers a home study course and examination.  The approximate cost is $289. Web Site:

International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC)      

IC&RC offers an examination that is administered by IC&RC Member Boards on a state to state basis. Web Site:

Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA)

Exam approximate cost $125. Web Site:

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