DOT Oral Fluid Specimen Collector Training



The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), announced in October of 2019 that it was adopting collection procedures for saliva drug testing under federal programs, otherwise known as Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines (OFMG).

Course Overview

DOT HHS Oral Fluid Specimen Collector Training is a 2-hour online training course that includes virtual mock demonstrations and a comprehensive online course. Students who complete the course will be prepared to conduct saliva specimen collections according to federal DOT rules and regulations. This course will qualify you to collect oral fluid specimens in accordance with a federally-mandated Drug-Free Workplace Program.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), announced in October of 2019 that it was adopting collection procedures for saliva drug testing under federal programs, otherwise known as Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines (OFMG).

The Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines address public concerns about privacy, safety, detection windows, and employer interests and leaves the adoption of the oral fluid as a drug testing mode up to the federal agency administering the program—meaning that the federal agency can choose to completely eliminate urine testing, keep urine testing for some testing reasons but not all, or to not adopt oral fluid at all.

The OFMG also set forth the requirements for qualification of those individuals designated to collect oral fluid specimens, also known as collectors. Section 4.3 provides that every collector must:

  • Be Knowledgeable about oral fluid collection procedures;
  • Be Knowledgeable about applicable federal agency Drug-Free Workplace Programs including supplemental information and guidance; and
  • Be trained and qualified to use the specific oral fluid collection device.

Training must cover at least the following:

  • All steps necessary to complete an oral fluid collection;
  • Completion and distribution of the Federal CCF;
  • Problem collections;
  • Fatal flaws, correctable flaws, and how to correct problems in collections; and
  • The collector’s responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the collection process, ensuring the privacy of the donor, ensuring the security of the specimen, and avoiding conduct or statements that could be viewed as offensive or inappropriate.

In addition, each collector must have demonstrated proficiency in collections by completing five consecutive error-free mock collections which must include two uneventful collections, one in which the specimen collected was insufficient, one where the donor refuses to sign, and one where the donor refuses to initial on the seal of the specimen.

Those who would like to be qualified to train others to collect oral fluid specimens in accordance with federal protocols should instead enroll in our DOT/HHS Oral Fluid Specimen Collector Train-the-Trainer Course.

This course meets or exceeds the training requirements in all 50 states and for the following federal agencies:

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA),
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA),
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA),
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG), and
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
Minimum Technology Requirements
  • A computer or mobile device that is less than 5 years old.
  • Speakers, headphones, or earbuds to listen to audio
  • Webcam for interacting with instructors during mock collection (this only applies to courses with mock collections)
  • Internet Browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, are preferred to download these browsers visit Mozilla Firefox (latest version) – Download or Google Chrome (latest version) – Download
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader(latest version) can be used for viewing PDF files offline (outside of a web browser). – 
  • A stable high-speed Internet connection or greater is required.
  • If using Internet Explorer, please upgrade to Microsoft Edge since Microsoft has discontinued the use of Internet Explorer.

Course Features & FAQ


DOT Compliant

This course meets or exceeds the training requirements in all 50-states, the following federal agencies: FMCSA, FAA, FTA, FRA, USCG, PHMSA, and other counties that use the DOT guidelines.

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Created by Attorneys

This course and its supplemental resources were created by our co-founder, attorney, and drug and alcohol testing authority and subject matter expert, Andrew David Easler, Esq.

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Live Customer Support

Students, managers and supervisors can contact us, chat with a us-based trainer to answer questions for the duration of the course by calling 1-888-390-5574, using our in-application live chat, or sending an email and we will respond within 60-minites during of regular business hours.

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Learn Anytime & Anywhere

Our courses only expire when you're finished with the course, this means that employees don’t feel rushed into “cramming” for a course only to forget the material a week later and therefore perform better in practice and make fewer mistakes than in traditional training environments.


Credits Never Expire

Unused course credits never expire, so feel free to order bulk credits to receive maximum discounts.

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Instant Course Access

Employees receive instant course access right after registration or invitation sent by a training manager, or supervisor.


2 Hours of Learning

DOT Oral Fluid Specimen Collector Training may take longer or shorter to complete depending on student pace, reading, and comprehension level.
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Downloadable Certificate

Same-day certificate issuance after completing a course, downloadable in PDF format & printable.

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Instant Manager Accounts

When a employer purchases two or more credits we will automatically create a manager account which can then be used to invite employee, keep all training certificates in one place that will help you stay compliant and well prepared for a audit conduct by the DOT.

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Volume Discounts

Volume discounts for credits are automatically applied during the checkout process. Did you know that course credits never expire so feel free to purchase credits in bulk.


Approved for CE Credits

We are an Approved Education Provider with many human resources certification organizations, licensing bodies and regulatory agencies throughout the world and we offer continuing education credits (CE Credits) with the majority of our courses.

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Additional Resources

Employers can purchase training and reference books which will assist students and supervisors in understanding the regulations involved for each applicable DOT sub agency including the FMCSA, FAA, FRA, FTA, PHMSA and USCG.

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