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Important Tips on Becoming a DOT Urine Specimen Collector

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

Drug testing is generally completed by using either blood or urine samples. This is true for non-DOT testing; however, DOT testing requires adherence to strict requirements and guidelines which limit collections to urine specimens only. If you are wondering how to become qualified as a DOT Urine Specimen Collector, there are several important facts you will need to know before you can embark on your new career.

No Certification

First, understand that there’s no such thing as “certification” in this field. The DOT does require that all individual collectors be “qualified”, though. This might not seem like much of a difference, but the DOT goes to great lengths on their website and in their various publications to highlight this point. What does that mean for those interested in how to become DOT certified to become a drug testing urine collection professional? Simply put, it means that you need to undergo a qualification program, not a certification course.

Key Elements Involved in Qualification Training

The most important step in becoming a qualified sample collector is to ensure that the training program you complete adheres to the United States Department of Transportation's requirements. The program should:
• Deliver knowledge about Part 40 collection procedures,
• Teach you how to handle collection problems, including shy bladders, attempted tampering, etc.,
• Teach you how to complete the federal collection form, called the Federal Chain of Custody Form (CCF),
• Give you a thorough grounding in how to conduct a proper specimen collection,
• Provide information about your responsibility in maintaining the credibility of individuals samples and the entire collection process, and
• Teach you how to avoid fatal and correctable errors in collecting and associated paperwork.

The DOT also states that qualification training can be delivered through several methods, including in-person training and online courses. Training has no specified duration, either (as opposed to supervisor suspicion training, which requires 120 minutes). Courses should include a test, quiz, or exam to ensure that the student has learned all the material satisfactorily.

Collector Initial Proficiency Demonstration

Anyone interested in how to become DOT qualified as a Urine Specimen Collector for drug testing will also need to complete a collector proficiency demonstration. This should constitute five mock collections with varying complications to test the collector’s knowledge and skill.

The most important part of becoming a qualified sample collector is to complete a qualifying education course. Choose your provider with care, and ensure that their courses match these specific criteria.

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