The DOT Model Course is intended to be an instructor led course. However, DOT has not limited training requirements to traditional instructor led courses; video and online training are available options. Such “non-traditional” offerings must be equivalent to the training requirements contained in the model course.
The model course is a “complete” course – providing a specific curriculum for the DOT testing procedures of 49 CFR Part 40, and the minimum objectives to be met for the use of an EBT. The testing procedures and device training for BATs go hand-in-hand but when using an online course there could be a delay between receiving the procedures training and device proficiency training. Individuals should arrange both procedural training and instrument proficiency training simultaneously. The entire training process must be completed within 30 days of the start date.
The instructor, through his or her personal interaction with, and observation of, each student, will determine if the student is proficient in the DOT testing procedures and the operation of a particular EBT prior to issuing the documentation attesting to achievement. All proficiency training must be conducted either face-to-face or in real-time observation and proficiency must be demonstrated in front of an individual who meets the requirements spelled out in Part 40.
The DOT model course provides a specific curriculum for teaching the DOT alcohol testing procedures of 49 CFR Part 40; these procedures are covered in the first seven units of the course, and are designed to take six and one-half hours of class time to complete. The course also includes an eighth unit, which does not contain a specific curriculum, but sets the minimum objectives to be met for the use of an evidential breath testing (EBT) device. The content segments and learning activities with this unit will vary depending on the EBT(s) used for this unit, and thus, are left to the instructor to develop.
The DOT Model Course is available for purchase from the Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy and Compliance. Click on the link below to learn more.