This course is designed to provide the participant with the knowledge to evaluate and self-assess their agency’s drug and alcohol testing program compliance with FTA regulations and industry best-practices. The course involves lecture, videos, Q&A sessions with expert instructors, and peer information sharing. This course promotes a better understanding of FTA substance abuse compliance regulations and their application to transit agency policies and procedures.



• Legislative-regulatory requirements for 49 CFR Part 655 and 49 CFR Part 40

• Categories of safety-sensitive testing types: pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random, return to duty, follow-up, checklist review, and action plan

• Testing procedures

• Urine specimen collection procedures

• Drug testing laboratory regulations and procedures

• Medical Review Officer (MRO) procedures

• Procedures for Substance Abuse Profession (SAP) referrals

• Contractor and service agent oversight, checklist review, and action plan

• Alcohol testing procedures, breath test, saliva test

• Recordkeeping requirements, reporting procedures, and confidentiality/information disclosure procedures

• The FTA audit process and common deficiencies found by auditors

• Training requirements, safety-sensitive employees, supervisors' reasonable suspicion

• FTA voluntary Prescription (Rx) and Over-the-Counter (OTC) program updates

• General review of transit agency minimum policy content requirements

• Instructor-led Q&A and group discussions, pretest, final exam



Human Resource Managers, Safety Managers, State DOT Representatives (SSO), Third-Party Administrators, Substance Abuse Professionals, Drug & Alcohol Program Managers, Designated Employer Representatives, individuals responsible for the oversight of contractor testing program compliance, safety officers and trainers, contractor's drug and alcohol program managers, agency's drug and alcohol testing program services agents (such as collectors, alcohol test technicians, TPA, MRO, SAP).



The registration fee is $55 per person. Login to WSTIP Learns to register. For information regarding RTAP scholarships for this event, please contact Marianna Hanefeld at



This course will take place at Community Transit. Community Transit is located at 2312 West Casino Road, Everett, WA 98203. The course will run from 8:00 – 4:30, Tuesday through Thursday. There is an optional Reasonable Suspicion and Post Accident Testing Determination course on Friday, from 8:00 - 12:30. 



There is a room block at the Hilton Garden Inn on Paine Field Blvd. in Mukilteo. The room block link is here: Community Transit There will be a shuttle to and from the hotel provided by Community Transit. Please meet in the lobby at 7:40 am if you plan to take the hotel shuttle.



For information regarding registration or workshop content, please contact Laura Juell ( Laura can be reached at (360) 786-5049.



You may cancel your workshop registration without penalty up to Monday, January 2, 2024. Cancellations made after 1/2/2024 will be charged the full workshop fee. WSTIP may cancel the class if fewer than 12 people register for the course. If the course is cancelled, participants will receive a complete refund.