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Choosing a DOT Drug Testing Supervisor Training Program

By Andrew David Easler, Esq.

Both federal and state governments mandate that DOT-regulated companies from taxicab companies to freight haulers sponsor certain employees through DOT drug testing supervisor training. Because of the tremendous need for these programs, a number of course providers have sprung up. The problem is that not all training companies are worth your time. Some provide outstanding education and training, while others should be avoided. There’s also the question of course delivery format. How do you choose the right DOT drug testing supervisor training program?

Follows the Required Outline

While course providers are free to add more content to their courses, all DOT drug testing supervisor training programs must include the same core material. If a training provider’s offerings fall short of this, avoid them. The required outline runs as follows:
• Introduction and overview of federal regulations
• Alcohol and drug testing procedures
• Exploration of FAA, USCG, FTA, FMCSA, FTA, and PHMSA
• Reasonable suspicion testing
• Responsibilities of supervisors
• Record keeping and documentation
• Behaviors prohibited in the workplace
Finally, all courses should conclude with the supervisor receiving a course completion certificate.

Reputation in the Industry

All companies are judged by their reputations, and that applies to DOT drug testing supervisor training providers as well. What do past clients and students have to say about the course? What do they say about the training provider itself? Would they repeat the experience? Did they face many challenges due to either a lack of training after completing the course or in understanding federal and state guidelines? Make sure the training company you choose for your employees has a solid reputation for providing quality education.

Course Delivery Methods

While we’re firmly in the midst of the Digital Age, not all training providers have gotten onboard with new technology. Some still insist that students complete coursework in a classroom setting. While this can be beneficial for some learners, it’s not the most effective option, nor is it the most affordable solution. Look for a DOT drug testing supervisor training company that offers online course delivery either in place of or in addition to conventional classroom-based models.

With the right DOT drug testing supervisor training provider on your side, your supervisors will have the education and training necessary to both comply with government regulations and create a safer, healthier environment for employees and customers. That’s really what it’s all about in the end.

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