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U.S. DOT Changes Counseling Requirements

As some of you may be aware the Department Of Transportation (DOT) has released the new Substance Abuse Professional Guidelines (SAP). These guidelines cover over 7 million transportation safety-sensitive positions such as; airline pilots, school bus drivers, shipping boat captains, and tractor trailer drivers just to name a few. The regulations require that any safety-sensitive individual who refuses a test, tests positive for drugs or has a breath alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater must be immediately removed from duty and referred to a SAP. Currently, all Certified Addiction Professionals (CAP) who have taken the oral exam, meet the definition of SAP because of the Florida Certification Board’s membership in the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium. The definition of a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is as follows: a SAP is “a licensed physician” (Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy); or a licensed or certified psychologist; social worker; or employee assistance professional; or an addiction counselor (certified either by the Florida Certification Board as a CAC having completed both the international and oral exams or a CAP having completed the oral exam or the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Certification Commission or by the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse).

The change in the requirement is that all SAPs be knowledgeable and remain current with the DOT Substance Abuse Professional Guidelines. To this end, the US Department of Transportation is requiring that all existing SAP’s receive qualified training, and complete the SAP training before December 31, 2003. Following the completion of the SAP training you must satisfactorily complete an examination. Then, all SAPs need a refresher course every 3-years to be able to act as a Substance Abuse Professional.

In order to meet the needs of the certified population the Florida Certification Board has developed a 12-hour home study course that will satisfy the SAP training requirements. The course “The Substance Abuse Professional Guidelines, as required by the US DOT” will give you knowledge of the SAP’s core competencies and what you need to know to be an effective Substance Abuse Professional. The training is only one part of the new requirement; the other is the exam.

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