The Drug Test Collector plays a critical role in the workplace drug screening process. Along with the employer, the testing facility and the Medical Review Officer (MRO), the collector is an essential part of a system developed to ensure drug-free workplaces for the sake of public safety.

As the collector, you are the only individual in the drug-testing process who has direct, face-to-face contact with the employee. You ensure the integrity of the urine specimen and collection process and begin the chain of custody that includes the laboratory; the MRO; the employer; and, possibly, the courts.

This training is a professional-level course that provides the knowledge and skills to qualify Drug Test Collectors to perform U.S. Department of Transportation-regulated drug tests and non-regulated tests. Course participants also have the option of becoming professionally certified after completion of this course. This designation confirms that the collector is committed to the highest standards in the drug and alcohol testing industry.

The Course

This professional-level course meets the regulatory standards of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rule 49 CFR Part 40 and provides a solid foundation for a wide range of testing programs. 

Course ComponentsDeliverablesApplicability
Library of terms & resourcesUniversal skills setMultiple industries
LessonsDOT QualificationPublic sector 
Short quizzes & final examinationProfessional CertificationPrivate sector 
Mock collections Regulated by local, state and federal authorities

How to Take the Course

The Drug Test Collector Training involves multiple parts that need to be completed in a specific order to achieve certification.

1. Before starting the training, the collector must:

2. Take the course Pre-Test to show familiarity with the subject matter based on a review of the materials provided. 

3. Complete the lessons of the training along with the required short quizzes.

4. Take the final exam. A score of at least 90 percent is required.

5. When you pass the online portion of this training, continue to the Next Steps lesson for instructions on how to set up five mock collections with a live examiner. These must be scheduled within 30 days of course completion and are required for qualification and certification.

6. Once the mock collections are completed without error, you will be qualified and can perform both federally regulated and non-regulated drug test collections.

7. To be certified, qualified collectors are asked to sign an agreement promising to adhere to the standards set in the training. The course administrator will then issue a certification form documenting that the collector is both a USDOT Qualified and Professionally Certified Drug Testing Collector. Contact the course administrator for more information.

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Reference Library Glossary of Terms Training Preview Test What you Need to Know About 49 CFR Part 40 What You Need to Know for HHS Collections Professional Certification Standards Introducing the Custody and Control Form CCF Employer Section CCF After Specimen is Provided CCF Sealing and Securing the Specimen CCF Donor Section CCF Transfer of Custody Preparing the Collection Enclosure Starting the Collection Handling the Specimen Completing the Collection Atypical Collection: Adulterated Specimen Protocol Atypical Collection: Insufficient Specimen Protocol Atypical Collection: Uncooperative Donor Collection Flaws and How to Avoid Them Collector Training Examination Collector Certification Next Steps