This training is a series of seven consecutive weeks 2 hours per session starting from July 6th through August 18th.  Once the training is completed the participants have to take and pass the exam to become a DOT Qualified SAP provider.  Information for examining agencies will be given at the end of the training.  NOTE: If you are unable to attend one of those dates the session will be recorded and available for future viewing.  Participants will pay only once to attend the entire session.


This is training for professionals who have the specific credentials and experience identified in 49 CFR Part 40.281 in working with substance-using/abusing individuals regulated by the US Department of Transportation rules.   This training takes the professional through the historical view of the US -DOT regulation 49CFR Part 40 for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.  It will review the various changes and enhancements that have become part of the professional’s required knowledge.   In addition to a specific focus on the 49CFR Part 40 Subpart O, attendees will see how the DOT Agencies handle and address, differently the identification and testing for these regulated individuals.

This training is designed to educate attendees in the nine (9) subject matter areas required in 40.281.  Training will be conducted over 7  2-hour sessions. Attendees learn this is not clinical training on how to conduct evaluation but more specifically how to apply your clinical skills and judgment in addressing issues around alcohol and drug use and/or abuse as identified by a DOT violation with the regulated individual.    This training not only prepares qualified clinicians to take on the additional role of DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional but will specifically prepare clinicians to understand the different roles of DOT SAP from everyday clinical work.  Attendees will understand the different requirements for each of the six (6) Agencies in the context of the 49 CFR Part 40 requirements.


  • Identify the differences between DOT SAP duties and treating clinician roles.
  • Discuss the different D0T agency requirements for the SAP return-to-duty process.
  • Give the list of US DOT drug and alcohol violations and consequences
  • Identify which DOT Agencies do not allow SAP to return to duty on their own.
  • Explain DOT acceptable resource options to address a client’s violation of education.
  • Discuss the differences in DOT agency regulation and each agency’s return to duty requirements.

Class Sessions

  1. Overview of the DOT SAP Process What is it? How does it work, who does it apply to and what role does the DOT SAP have to perform. Understanding the larger DOT program
  2. 49 CFR Part 40 The Backbone of the DOT program  Part 1 Explanation of the different parts of Part 40 including the players, the terminology, acceptance testing, the roles of those that make it happen., Laboratories, local clinics, urine specimens collections for drug testing.  The Medical Review  Officer Problems in drug testing
  3. 49 CFR Part 40 The Backbone Continued Part 2   What is the Third-Party Administrator and what is their role, Alcohol Testing, and its reporting differences.   Breath Alcohol Technicians, Screening Test Technicians. Who reports Alcohol tests & to whom?  What are the differences and problems in alcohol testing vs. drug testing?
  4. Subpart O – Substance Abuse Professional -Beginning Process Beyond the generalities, the education is about the specifics of what the DOT SAP is expected to perform.   What is different in DOT SAP evaluations from any other clinical evaluation you perform.  Prepare for client sessions.  What do you need from the employer?  What can and cannot be shared by DOT SAP, referring clients for assistance.   Do you share completion initial evaluation, objective screening instrument requirements for reporting? Referral to education or treatment services
  5. Subpart O – Substance Abuse Professional -Completion Process Step two in the process following referral to education or treatment.  Contact with referral sources.  What is acceptable education or treatment?    Communication What does the second evaluation include and how does it conclude.   What goes into the report?   Successful/unsuccessful.  What and how does it get reported   What testing schedule???
  6. DOT Agency Differences DOT SAP reporting and problems in completing process All DOT SAP efforts conclude with a specific written letter by SAP.  Some cases do not conclude successfully but still require reporting.   What can go wrong, what are your options what if the employee has no current DOT employer?   When and who must do testing of the client who successfully completes the DOT SAP process  How do you close a case
  7. Federal DOT vs State Requirements SAP Problems – SAP Exams.    Understanding USDOT is a federal program but each DOT Agency has a different authority,  States have their own authority requiring compliance, Employers, insurance agents, reporting problems,   NEW FMCSA Clearinghouse  Registration, strict reporting requirements.  Letters still go to Employers of Clearinghouse violations.
Target Audience: Licensed or certified social worker; Licensed or certified psychologist; licensed or certified employee assistance professional; certified marriage and family therapist; or drug and alcohol counselor
Content level: All levels
14 CE credits Approved By
ASWB # 1706, NAADAC # 139138 & NBCC # 6703
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
OCDP Board Sponsor #
CE Broker Tracking # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 3
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 14 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 8
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
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Jon Speckman is a professional consultant, trainer and a substance abuse clinician. He is President and CEO of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Testing Centers, Inc.(ADATC) a national training and consulting firm working with corporations, municipalities and other organizations on drug free workplaces and compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. He helps focus employers on ways to prevent the negative affects of substance abuse from entering the workplace. Additionally through Heart Heart Heart Heart Employee Assistance, he provides employers a professional programs to find healthy solutions for employees distracted at work by personal issues outside the workplace. He holds a Masters Degree in Management of Substance Abuse Programs, is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor. He also serves as a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional conducting clinical evaluations on individuals who have violated the US DOT alcohol and drug regulations.
He is an expert in the U.S. Department of Transportation rules and regulations governing aviation, transit, trucking and pipeline employers, assisting them with developing and implementing policies, programs and procedures to comply with the testing and safety regulations. He regularly audits service providers who conduct urine collection and breath alcohol testing for compliance with testing protocols. Additionally he conducts public and corporate training of supervisors and managers on recognizing performance and behavioral issues of workers, necessitating reasonable suspicion alcohol or drug testing. He trains a wide range of professionals, including attorneys, clinicians and medical staffs, on drug free workplace procedures and in the training of Drug Specimen Collectors, Breath Alcohol Technicians and Substance Abuse Professionals.
Since 1989 Mr. Speckman has assisted hundreds of organizations with instituting effective Drug Free Workplace Programs and Employee Assistance services. He contributes at both the state and national levels in advising on workplace testing issues. His work with the National Alliance of Model State Drug Laws as their testing and employee assistance service provider and group facilitator contributed to the national effort to assist states develop model drug laws. He has over 35+ years of professional clinical experience in the field of substance abuse. He served 14 years at a large 52 bed Detox Center the last 9 years as the Executive Director. Additionally he served as Interim Director for Mental Health Services, responsible for a full 66-bed inpatient acute psychiatric hospital and an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic with a staff of some 215 professional, paraprofessional and technical staff. Mr. Speckman served as a member, and a past Chairman, of the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Certification Board, the State Board which certified (now licenses) all Substance Abuse Professionals in North Carolina. He is a member of the NC and national Employee Assistance Professional’s Association.