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Designated Employer Representative (DER) Training

Complete DER Online Training - only $145

DOT Designated Employer Representative (DER) Training
Under U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) mandated substance abuse testing programs, a Designated Employer Representative (DER) receives test results and other communication for the employers regarding the drug and alcohol testing process. Further, the DER is an employee authorized by the employer to take immediate action to remove any employee from safety sensitive duties and make decisions regarding further testing and evaluation processes.


Every organization falling under the US Department of Transportation regulations that employs safety sensitive employees must have at least one qualified DER.


In order to become a qualified DER, an individual must have detailed knowledge of their responsibilities as outlined in 49CFR Part 40, as well as those specific to the mode(s) they are operating within.



Do I Need This Course?

  • Is your company regulated by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT)?
  • Are you required to have a DOT drug & alcohol testing program?
  • Is your DOT drug & alcohol testing program in compliance with DOT regulations?
  • Are you prepared for an audit on your DOT drug & alcohol testing program?
  • Are you the person in charge of the DOT drug & alcohol testing program?


If YES – you are required to have someone on your management team designated as a DER – a Designated Employer Representative. This DER is responsible for your compliance and other duties in regard to the required DOT drug and alcohol testing program.



Course Description

The Designated Employer Representative (DER) online training course is a comprehensive course designed to prepare the DER to perform his or her duties properly, as required by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The course offers an in-depth, plain-English study of the Federal regulations, 49 CFR Part 40 for drug and alcohol testing, from the perspective of the DER.
The DER's overall responsibilities include:

  • Managing the company's drug and alcohol testing program
  • Acting as the liaison for drug and alcohol testing service agents (TPA, C/TPA, collection sites, labs, MROs, SAPs, EAP program)
  • Staying informed of every test and its result
  • Performing the functions necessary according to the results of the tests and taking immediate action, including:
    • Removing employees from safety-sensitive duties
    • Making necessary decisions in the testing and evaluation process
    • Receiving test results and other communications for the employer
    • Report test results to the agency and/or state local authorities, if necessary
    • Following company policy regarding the consequences of a positive test result or refusal to test
    • Maintain compliance with 49 CFR Part 40 and agency compliance

The role of the DER cannot be outsourced. DOT states the employer may not delegate the DER role to a service agent. Only the employer or an actual employee of the employer may perform this function. DOT will also not authorize a "DER-for-hire" concept (e.g., a person under contract by several companies to serve as their DER).

DER Training Includes:

  • Role of the DER in the substance testing process
  • Program administration
  • Overview of the testing process
  • Problems in testing
  • Relationships between the DER and other personnel involved in testing (TPAs, MROs, SAPs, BATs, Laboratories and Collectors)
  • Federal rules and regulations covered in 49CFR Part 40
  • Specific transportation mode regulations
  • Procedures for handling positive test results and their consequences
  • Procedures for reporting test results
  • Record keeping and retention



Who should take this course:

  • Company owners
  • Trucking & transportation company presidents
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Safety Managers
  • Drug and Alcohol Program Managers - DAPMs
  • Supervisors overseeing safety sensitive employees (regulated employees)
  • Persons already designated as the DER for their company
  • Anyone having duties relating to safety for Department of Transportation employees



What You will learn:

  • What is a DER?
  • What are the DER's (and employers) responsibilities under the regulations?
  • What do the Federal Regulations (49 CFR Part 40) and your Operating Agency rules require?
  • What are the consequences for NOT following the Rules? (And how to avoid this.)
  • Who are "service agents" and what is their role?
  • Are there supervisor and employee training requirements under the DOT rules?
  • How do I handle positive drug or alcohol tests?
  • What is the return-to-duty process?
  • What are violations of the DOT or operating agency rules?
  • What am I allowed to do (and not allowed to do) in the DOT testing process?
  • And much more!


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Training Process (for most classes)
  1. 1.  Look thru our selection of training options below and choose the class or classes that are best for you.


  2. 2.  Order and pay for your training class or classes


  3. 3.  You will receive an email confirmation of the training, along with pre-class study materials.


  4. 4.  For web - internet based training, you will receive a link to the on-line training course (passkey is required).


  5. 5.  For classes that require mocks in real time (DOT: UDS, BAT & STT), you must schedule your web cam mock observation by calling 801-596-2709.


  6. 6.  Upon completion of the class requirements, you will receive a Certificate of Training showing that you have been certified!


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