How Does The DATIA CPC Designation Compare to WorkTraining.com?

We have received requests for more information on the difference between our DOT Urine Specimen Collector Course[1] and the DATIA Certified Professional Collector® (CPC)[2] designation. To address these questions in a simple format, we have compiled a chart for comparison, and recognizing our potential for bias, we added references to all of our sources in corresponding footnotes below[3] the chart to simplify verifying the facts. 

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

  1. WorkTraining.com does not represent DATIA, its members, or its agents. 

  2. This FAQ 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 inaccurate or misrepresented, please contact us immediately with the correct information and any relevant source so that we may provide accurate and up-to-date information.

  3. WorkTraining.com generally supports all industry organizations, including DATIA, NDASA, and DATAC. Our founder Andrew Easler was recognized as a DATIA CPC, CPC-T, and then R-CPCT before that designation was abolished.  WorkTraining.com was also once recognized as an annual Sustaining Member of DATIA.

  4. DATIA is a private organization, not a governmental agency.[4] DATIA is not contracted by the United States Department of Transportation to exclusively oversee the training of collectors.[5]

  5. 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).[6]

  6. 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 “qualified” instead. Collectors must meet the training requirements and maintain and produce completion records upon request.[7]

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

DOT Qualification Training

Required to collect DOT urine specimen collections[8]

NO

YES

Collector Support®[9]

NO

YES

Student earns a professional certificate[10]

YES

YES

Recognition[11]

YES

YES

Professional Development[12]

YES

YES

Available online or in-person[13]

YES

NO

The made-up designation, along with all of the benefits therein[14]

YES

NO

Become part of a network which is managed by drug testing competitors[15]

YES

NO

Renewal period[16]

June 1 each year

Every 5 years

Exam Attempts[17]

3 per year

Unlimited

Must wait until either June or September to retake after failing at three attempts[18]

YES

Retake at any time

Must be actively employed as a collector[19]

YES

NO

You must pay extra for the book/materials when the exam is purchased online[20]

YES

NO

Includes and provides the instructor with online training[21]

NO

YES

Verifies accurate completion of every set of mocks (rather than a random sampling)[22]

NO

YES

In-person training available on demand[23]

NO

YES

Website Trust Seal[24]

NO

YES

One transparent price, no additional costs/fees[25]

NO

YES



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