USCG Designated Employer Representitive Training (DER)

The USCG Designated Employer Representative (DER) Training is a 2-hour self-paced course that provides learners with a comprehensive understanding of their role and responsibilities within the scope of USCG-regulated workplaces. This course is rooted in federal statutes, specifically 49 CFR Part 40 and 46 CFR Part 16, that govern drug and alcohol testing in the maritime industry. Participants will learn to effectively manage a DOT and USCG-compliant drug and alcohol-free workplace policy within their organization.

A Designated Employer Representative (DER) is essential in creating and maintaining a drug and alcohol-free workplace, ensuring compliance with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and USCG regulations, and is the pivotal contact point for all matters related to drug and alcohol testing policies and procedures, from delivering necessary training to employees to making informed decisions about when to conduct tests and record a refusal.

This course provides learners with the knowledge and tools to ensure their organization adheres to DOT and USCG regulations, fostering a safe, productive, and compliant work environment.  The USCG Designated Employer Representative (DER) Training would be especially beneficial for:

  • Individuals appointed as the Designated Employer Representative (DER) in a USCG-regulated workplace.
  • Managers and supervisors in the maritime industry need to understand and maintain a drug and alcohol-free work environment.
  • HR professionals in maritime organizations are responsible for overseeing drug and alcohol policies.
  • Compliance officers in the maritime industry ensure adherence to DOT and USCG regulations.
  • Small business owners in the maritime industry seek to establish a drug and alcohol-free environment.
  • Marine safety officers and other personnel involved in maritime safety and compliance.
  • Professionals in the maritime industry looking to enhance their knowledge of federal regulations related to drug and alcohol testing.

DERs will be fully prepared to manage a DOT and USCG-compliant drug and alcohol-free workplace policy upon completion. Enrolling in USCG DER Training invests in workplace safety, productivity, and ethical standards, ultimately promoting an environment free of substance misuse and encouraging responsible workplace practices.

USCG Designated Employer Representative (DER) Training, designed by subject matter expert and attorney Andrew Easler, is a 2-hour online program that qualifies DERs and prepares them to manage a drug and alcohol-free workplace in USCG-regulated environments.

A DER serves as a central figure in the drug and alcohol testing program, overseeing the program's administration, making informed decisions about testing, recording refusals, and ensuring regulatory compliance, and is critical in any organization, especially those regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).

The training explores a DER's responsibilities under federal statutes, particularly 49 CFR Part 40 and 46 CFR Part 16, which govern drug and alcohol testing in the maritime industry, forming the backbone of a DER's function within a USCG-regulated workplace, and covers a variety of topics, providing learners with a robust understanding of their role as a DER.

DER training is critical for ensuring that your workplace stays compliant with the complex web of federal regulations surrounding drug and alcohol testing. With a well-trained DER, organizations can avoid potential regulatory pitfalls, maintain a safe and productive work environment, reduce liability risks, and uphold high ethical standards.

Upon completing USCG DER Training, DERs will be fully equipped to manage a DOT and USCG-compliant drug and alcohol-free workplace policy, and training is more than just a course. It's an investment in workplace safety, compliance, productivity, and the ongoing welfare of your organization. It is suited best for managers, HR professionals, compliance officers, or business owners, and this training will provide the knowledge and skills needed to promote a responsible and drug-free work environment.

In this DER training course geared toward United States Coast Guard-regulated employers, you will learn everything you need to know to become a DER including:

  • What it means to be a DER;
  • The roles and responsibilities of a DER;
  • The requirements for a DOT Drug Testing Program under USCG regulation 46 CFR Part 16;
  • 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.

USCG DER Training doesn't merely offer compliance - it presents a roadmap to an ethically sound, productive, and safe work environment. Enroll today and empower your organization with the confidence to navigate the regulatory landscape while promoting a culture of safety and responsibility.

Upon successful completion of the USCG Designated Employer Representative (DER) Training, DERs will be equipped to:

  • Manage a comprehensive drug and alcohol-free workplace policy within their organization, ensuring compliance with DOT and USCG regulations.
  • Provide necessary training to employees, effectively communicating drug and alcohol policies and testing procedures.
  • Make informed decisions on when to initiate substance tests and when to determine a refusal following DOT and USCG guidelines.
  • Handle various drug and alcohol testing scenarios, including pre-employment, random, post-accident, and reasonable suspicion tests, following DOT and USCG regulations.
  • Take appropriate actions following a positive drug or alcohol test, including managing consequences and complying with reporting requirements.
  • Uphold employee rights and maintain confidentiality during testing, demonstrating a clear understanding of privacy considerations and legal obligations.
  • Navigate potential legal challenges associated with drug and alcohol use in USCG-regulated workplaces, minimizing liability risks.
  • Cultivate a culture of safety, accountability, and compliance within the organization, fostering responsible practices regarding substance use.
  • Continuously update and adapt drug and alcohol policies in response to evolving DOT and USCG regulations, ensuring ongoing compliance and best practices.
  • Maintain accurate records of all drug and alcohol testing activities for auditing and compliance purposes, adhering to regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of industry terms, protocols, and the intricacies of DOT and USCG regulations by successfully completing an online quiz with a proficiency score of 75% or greater.
  • Upon completion, be fully prepared to effectively manage a DOT and USCG-compliant drug and alcohol-free workplace policy within their organization, mitigating risks and promoting a safe and compliant work environment.

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.


Created by Attorneys

This course and its supplemental resources were created and reviewed by our team of attorneys.  


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.


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.


Instant Course Access

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


2 Hours of Learning

This course may take longer or shorter to complete depending on student pace, reading, and comprehension level.


Downloadable Certificate

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


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.


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.


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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