FMCSA Designated Employer Representative Training


FMCSA DER Training is a two-hour course explicitly tailored for Designated Employer Representatives (DERs) of FMCSA-regulated employers. The course was created by subject matter expert and attorney Andrew Easler and provides an understanding of the key aspects of managing a drug and alcohol-free workplace under FMCSA regulations. Training explains the DER's role, the critical regulations (49 CFR Part 382 and Part 40), and best practices for implementing effective drug and alcohol testing processes and maintaining compliance.

Learners who enroll in FMCSA DER training will learn the following:

  • What it means to be a DER;
  • The roles and responsibilities of a DER;
  • The requirements for a DOT Program under your specified agency;
  • How to manage a drug and alcohol-free workplace program for DOT-covered employees;
  • The drug and alcohol testing process and how to handle problems in testing;
  • Which regulations apply to your company, and how to stay in compliance;
  • How to select and monitor service agents;
  • Training requirements for employees and supervisors;
  • Which records must be kept and for how long; and
  • Best practices to avoid a poor audit result.

Learners will also receive resources, reference materials, and helpful guides to help you while becoming successful Designated Employer Representatives.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that covered organizations, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), designate one person responsible for making formal decisions regarding the drug and alcohol testing program. This person is known as the Designated Employer Representative (DER). Their responsibility is to develop a complete understanding of all federal regulations so that any decisions made are fully compliant.

Training will take two hours and will provide a solid foundation to learners with the information and tools necessary to training offers a solid foundation in federal regulations, DER roles and responsibilities, FMCSA compliance requirements, and critical aspects of a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

Designated Employer Representatives are the critical link between a company, the testing laboratories, Medical Review Officers (MROs), Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs), and your employees, and understanding the complexities of the FMCSA regulations is necessary to make decisions for drug and alcohol testing programs and to remain compliant with the DOT regulations.

Learners will receive resources, reference materials, and helpful guides to assist them in their role as DER, and after passing an online exam will be able to download their certificate of completion, showcasing their readiness to take on the critical role of a DER.

Upon completing this course, Designated Employer Representatives (DER) for the FMCSA will be able to:

  • Manage a drug and alcohol-free workplace policy within their organization, adhering to the guidelines provided by FMCSA and DOT.
  • Execute the necessary employee training, ensuring awareness and adherence to the organization's drug and alcohol-free workplace policy.
  • Make informed and confident determinations of when to administer drug and alcohol testing and when a refusal to test should be considered.
  • Understand and correctly utilize industry-specific terms, demonstrating proficiency in the language used within the FMCSA and DOT regulations.
  • Apply knowledge of the protocols involved with the DOT and FMCSA regulations in real-world scenarios.
  • Pass an online quiz demonstrating an understanding of all the above with a 75% or higher proficiency score.

By achieving these objectives, DER students will demonstrate their understanding of FMCSA and DOT regulations and their capability to execute their roles within their organizations effectively.

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DOT Compliant Training

The course is made to meet or exceed the stringent training and certification benchmarks established by federal and state regulatory bodies across all 50 states and their territories, as well as in Canada, Mexico, and any country following DOT regulations for agencies including FMCSA, FAA, FTA, FRA, USCG, and PHMSA, along with other jurisdictions that apply DOT guidelines.

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Content Made and Reviewed by Attorneys

Taking a course developed and reviewed by attorneys with expertise in their subjects ensures learners receive accurate and relevant content. Their specialized knowledge translates into practical insights, preparing learners for real-world applications.

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Collector Support® for Drug Testing

Learners, managers, and supervisors have direct access to our team of trainers for inquiries, assistance, or questions. Reach out to a US-based trainer by calling or sending an email. We are committed to responding quickly during regular business hours, ensuring you receive timely support to enhance your learning experience.

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Learn On-the-Go: Accessible Education Anytime, Anywhere

Our eLearning platform, with its intuitive design, is accessible across all modern desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, ensuring a seamless learning experience. Our courses remain active until completion, eliminating the need to rush and promoting better retention, performance in practice, and reduced errors compared to conventional training methods.

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Credits Expire Only After Acceptance

Content credits provide a flexible approach to training, only expiring when the user accepts the course invitation. This means training managers can purchase credits ahead of time, enjoy cost savings, and be free to allocate training as it suits training schedules or organizational needs.

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Download Certificates Upon Completion

After course completion, learners can immediately download their training certificates. Managers and trainers will also have the ability to view and download certificates for their employees, streamlining the documentation of completed training.

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Instant Manager Account with 2+ Content Credits

With the purchase of two or more credits, a manager account is automatically created. This account streamlines the process of inviting employees, consolidates training certificates, and assists with general compliance and certification training audits.

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Volume Discounts

Did you know that our course credits never expire? This provides the flexibility to stock up and learn from anywhere in the world and at any time. Plus, purchasing in bulk is cost-effective, as volume discounts are automatically applied during checkout, providing more value for your investment.

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Additional Resources

Learners looking to expand their learning experience can purchase additional resources like books and guides or subscribe to our social media accounts on Linkedin and YouTube to reinforce their knowledge. These tools and resources strengthen ability, improve practical skills, and enhance compliance and practical rule application.

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