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Who Needs DOT Drug and Alcohol Training?

  • By: Andrew Easler, Esq.
  • Published: Apr, 10 2015
  • Updated: Dec, 20 2022

Drug and alcohol training has become pretty common across the board these days. Most businesses have some sort of policy detailing their stance on alcohol and drug use on the property, and most also practice random drug testing in an attempt to create a safer workplace for employees, as well as a better environment for customers. However, some people require something a bit more – DOT drug and alcohol training.

For Those in Authority

This type of training is really designed for managers, supervisors, team leaders, and others in positions of authority within the workplace. This applies to all transportation companies, regardless of the number of employees, including companies with fewer than 50 covered employees. Of course, it’s a good idea for all employees to go through this type of training if it’s financially feasible for the company.

What Does It Cover?

According to the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), “each employer shall ensure that all persons designated to supervise drivers receive at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and receive at least an additional 60 minutes of training on controlled substance use. This training will be used by the supervisors to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to require a driver to undergo testing.”

In terms of topics covered, DOT drug and alcohol training should provide students enrolled in the course with information concerning the speech, physical, performance, and behavioral indicators of alcohol or drug misuse in the workplace. Once the 120 mandated minutes of training is completed, students are not required to repeat the course.

Training Types

There are numerous types of DOT drug and alcohol training beyond that mentioned previously, which is called “reasonable suspicion training”. In addition, there is breath alcohol training, certified urine specimen collector training, train the trainer courses, and drug-specific courses.

Determine Your Needs

Because there are so many different options in terms of available DOT drug and alcohol training, it’s important to understand the requirements that apply to you. If you’re a manager or supervisor within a transportation company, then reasonable suspicion training will be required. However, if you’re considering a career in this field, you’ll find that other training options are necessary depending on your specific goals (breath alcohol technician, certified urine specimen collector, etc.).

In addition, you’ll need to choose the course delivery method that fits your needs. While conventional classroom learning is available, online courses are preferable. They’re faster, more affordable, and deliver the same quality education.

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