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Choosing Between the Many Drug Testing Courses Available

  • By: Andrew Easler, Esq.
  • Published: Jan, 12 2015
  • Updated: Dec, 20 2022

Are you interested in becoming a drug testing professional? It’s one of the most in-demand careers today thanks to a growing need for drug and alcohol testing in every industry on the planet. Of course, there are several potential paths you could follow in the industry, so you need to know more about what drug testing courses offer, and what you might do in terms of job duties within each career. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most promising options.

DOT and Non-DOT Urine Specimen Collector

Specimen collectors do pretty much what you would expect given the name. However, there’s more to it than just collecting urine samples, and it varies between DOT training and non-DOT training. Both types of specimen collectors must be able to deal with employees verbally and emotionally, and they must both be on the lookout for fraud and attempts to alter the sample. Both are responsible for record-keeping and sample labeling, but there are different forms used for DOT and non-DOT samples, so industry-specific knowledge is required.

DOT Breath Alcohol Technician Training

While urine samples can detect the presence of alcohol, they’re not the best option because alcohol leaves the body quickly. When a supervisor suspects an employee has been drinking on the job and refers him or her for testing, a DOT breath alcohol technician can administer a breath test (similar to the breathalyzer test administered during DUI traffic stops). These drug testing courses prepare you to deal with employees who may have been drinking, to utilize the equipment correctly, record findings accurately, and more.

Hair Specimen Collector

While urine, blood, and breath testing are the most common, hair testing is also possible. Hair testing offers several advantages, including providing a longer timeline for drug and alcohol use history. These drug testing courses prepare you for collecting hair samples from job applicants and employees, the labeling and record-keeping process, and numerous other things necessary to turn this into a successful career.

There are several other drug testing courses available, including those designed for individuals interested in starting their own drug testing business. The most important factor is to ensure that the training company you choose delivers high-quality training programs that adhere to federal regulations, particularly if you intend to serve DOT businesses. Make an informed choice on your career path, and combine that with a savvy decision in terms of where you’ll get your training.

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