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DATIA Certified Professional Collector® Training Designation Comparison

We have received several requests for more information on the difference between our DOT Urine Specimen Collector Course and the DATIA Certified Professional Collector® (CPC) designation. To address these questions in a simple format we have put together a chart for comparison.

Recognizing our potential for bias, we have added references to all of our sources in corresponding footnotes below the chart to make verifying the facts simple.

Before getting to the details we want to dispel any potential misinformation:

  • WorkTraining.com does not represent DATIA, its members, or its agents.
  • This page is designed to be a source of information and nothing stated herein is intended to disparage or defame DATIA, its members, or its agents. If any information herein is found to be inaccurate or appears to be misrepresented, please contact us immediately with the correct information and any relevant source so that we may provide accurate and up to date information.
  • WorkTraining.com generally supports all industry organizations including, DATIA, NDASA, and DATAC. In fact, our founder Andrew Easler was recognized as a DATIA CPC, CPC-T, and then R-CPCT before that designation was abolished.  DrugTestingCourses.com was also once recognized as an annual Sustaining Member of DATIA.
  • DATIA is a private organization, not a governmental agency. DATIA is not contracted by the United States Department of Transportation to exclusively oversee the training of collectors.
  • The United States Coast Guard does not require, recommend, nor endorse any drug testing provider and does not mandate the use of DATIA CPCs or an Accredited Collection Facility (the ACF designation requires as part of its eligibility requirements CPC designations for each of a facility’s collectors).
  • Though you should generally receive a certificate of completion for any collector training course you complete, collectors are never “certified” to conduct collections under the DOT. Collectors are simply “qualified” instead. Collectors must meet the training requirements and maintain and produce records of completion upon request.

Is the CPC designation beneficial for you? We created this chart to help individuals understand the difference between our DOT Urine Specimen Collector Course and the DATIA CPC Designation.

 

DATIA CPC Designation
Required to collect DOT urine specimen collections
No
Collector Support®
No
Student earns a professional certificate
Yes
Recognition
Yes
Professional Development
Yes
Available online or in-person
Yes
Made up designation along with all of the benefits therein
Yes
Become part of a network which is managed by drug testing competitors
Yes
Become part of a verified network managed by a third party education company
Yes
Renewal period
June 1 each year
Exam Attempts
3 per year
Must wait until either June or September to retake after failing at three attempts
Yes
Must be actively employed as a collector
Yes
Must pay extra for the book/materials when the exam is purchased online
Yes
Includes and provides the instructor for online training
No
Verifies accurate completion of every set of mocks
No
In-person training available on demand
No
Website Trust Seal
No
One transparent price, no additional costs/fees
No
DOT Qualification Training
Required to collect DOT urine specimen collections
Yes
Collector Support®
Yes
Student earns a professional certificate
Yes
Recognition
Yes
Professional Development
Yes
Available online or in-person
Yes
Made up designation along with all of the benefits therein
No
Become part of a network which is managed by drug testing competitors
No
Become part of a verified network managed by a third party education company
No
Renewal period
Every 5 years
Exam Attempts
Unlimited
Must wait until either June or September to retake after failing at three attempts
Retake at any time
Must be actively employed as a collector
No
Must pay extra for the book/materials when the exam is purchased online
No
Includes and provides the instructor for online training
Yes
Verifies accurate completion of every set of mocks
Yes
In-person training available on demand
Yes
Website Trust Seal
Yes
One transparent price, no additional costs/fees
Yes
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