Want to serve as a U.S. Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)? Before you begin providing SAP services, you must meet the following three requirements:
You must be one of the following:
You must complete a DOT-approved SAP Qualification Training, which typically lasts 12 hours over the course of 2 days. The DOT itself does not provide training. Blair Consulting, SAPlist’s partner organization, offers in-person training with industry expert Lee Mauk.
Once you have completed SAP qualification training, you must pass a written exam to demonstrate your knowledge of DOT regulations. The DOT does not offer exams, but relies on approved independent agencies to offer them.
SAPlist does not offer qualification exams either, but recommends these exams:
International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) exam
To find an upcoming SAP exam administered by the IC&RC, search the member board directory for your state board. Use the contact information to inquire about upcoming exams. If you live in a state without an IC&RC member board, or the board is not offering a SAP exam soon, you may test at a board in a nearby state.
After providing proof of your training, NAADAC will send this exam to you. You then complete it, and send it back for scoring. To obtain the exam, contact (800) 548-0497.
Once you finish your qualification training and take the exam, you can practice as a SAP. The DOT doesn’t issue an official SAP certificate or license.
You must keep documentation of your SAP training and exam results, for service agents, EAPs and DOT auditors to view at their request. If you are unable to provide documentation to a service agent, that agent will probably refuse your SAP services.
To maintain an active SAP status, every three years you must complete SAP continuing education and take a quiz.