Certified Professional Collector Trainer® Course - Including Oral Fluid Collections

Course Objective

The objective of the Certified Professional Collector Trainer® (CPCT) program is to provide instruction and resource material to enable the trainer to develop and teach a collector training program that will deliver information to fellow company-employed collection personnel, helping them become proficient in providing collection services according to industry regulations and standards, that ensure the privacy, integrity, and security of the donor and the specimen. **New starting in 2020, the DATIA CPCT course will cover current federal guidelines for oral fluid specimen collection and will include instruction using samples of current FDA approved oral fluid collection kits.


Overview of Training Course

This course will provide collection personnel with the training to become proficient in DOT and HHS federal urine and oral fluid (HHS) specimen collections for drug testing in the workplace. Rest assured that the collections at your facility are performed accurately and in a professional and consistent manner, maintaining confidentiality for the donor and security, integrity, and control of the specimen.

The diversity of collection sites and employer needs require that a program used to train and certify collection personnel be adaptable to fit the specific requirements of each facility or company and provide consistency and competency throughout the industry. This course provides participants with sufficient resources and teaching tools so that they can develop a program and effectively train their collection personnel for DATIA certification.

DATIA’s Certified Professional Collector Trainer® (CPCT) training program meets and exceeds DOT’s and HHS' Training Requirements for collectors as outlined in 49 CFR Part 40.31, Federal Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Guidelines, and in DOT’s “How Can I Become a Collector for DOT Testing." 

As underlined by DOT, DOT does NOT certify any service agents involved in drug and alcohol testing or approve/authorize specimen collector training providers.  DOT “only require[s] that you meet the qualification and training outlined in 49 CFR Part 40 and maintain the necessary documents to prove your qualifications.”

DATIA, however, goes above and beyond the DOT requirements and offers professional certification - CPC and CPCT.  The certification is voluntary and renewed on an annual basis, and therefore requires more of a collector than the DOT requires.

Our goal is to support excellence in collections to ensure a drug-free workplace.

For more information on DATIA’s credentialing, please see:
http://www.datia.org/credentialing/cpc-a-cpct/federal-requirements-for-collector-training.html
http://www.datia.org/credentialing/cpc-a-cpct/cpc-cpct-details.html

Please note: with this course attendees can obtain the classroom portion of the five year refresher requirements for DOT and HHS mock collections will need to be completed prior to the course. DATIA training fees do NOT include the Initial Proficiency Demonstrations, also known as the “5 mock collections,” a DOT requirement for collector training, and, therefore a DATIA requirement for CPC/CPCT certification. You will need to do these on your own before getting access to DATIA’s certification exam. You may complete the mock collections with ANY collector who has been doing DOT collections for at least a year, OR who has taken a Train-the-Trainer course in DOT collections. (See 49 CFR Part 40.33 – What Training Requirements Must a Collector Meet?)

* For those new to drug and alcohol testing or looking for a primer, DATIA recommends taking the Ins & Outs of Drug & Alcohol Testing online course prior to taking this course. Doing so will provide a primer allowing you to enhance your educational experience during this course.

Certification and Accreditation

The Collector Certification Program and Accredited Collection Facility Program, administered by DATIA, involve upholding the highest professional standards in the collection facility and its operation, and the collection facility's personnel.  To obtain accredited status, collection facilities are required to adhere to strict standards in areas such as regulatory compliance, company service standards, specimen handling, operational practices, business ethics, and facility equipment.  All accredited collection facilities are also required to maintain a staff of Certified Professional Collector Trainer® (CPCT).  For more information and a list of all accreditation and requirements.


Course Required Experience Level

DATIA's CPCT Training Course is designed for experienced collectors and/or collection site supervisors.  The course is not meant for individuals who have little or no experience in specimen collection procedures. Before taking DATIA's CPCT Training course, participants must first meet the following:

1.  100 completed collections or six months active participation in collection services.

2.  Currently employed in a position with active participation in specimen collection services.

Please Note: DATIA training fees do NOT include the Initial Proficiency Demonstrations, also known as the “5 mock collections,” a DOT requirement for collector training, and, therefore a DATIA requirement for CPC/CPCT certification. You will need to do these on your own before getting access to DATIA’s certification exam. Please use our Mock Collections Monitor Database to find a collector near you to monitor your mock collections. If you cannot locate one near you, please keep in mind that many are willing to travel or monitor mock collections via webcam. You may also complete the mock collections with ANY collector who has been doing DOT collections for at least a year, OR who has taken a Train-the-Trainer course in DOT collections. (See 49 CFR Part 40.33 – What Training Requirements Must a Collector Meet?)


Collection Training Overview

Upon successful completion of the course, mock collections (to be done prior to the course), and exam, attendees are awarded the Certified Professional Collector Trainer® (CPCT) designation.  This designation is renewable each June, and remains with the instructor regardless of their place of employment.  Once certified, the CPCT may train other collection personnel within his/her company in preparation for the Certified Professional Collector® (CPC) exam.  Upon successful completion of the exam, the collectors will be awarded the Certified Professional Collector (CPC)® designation.  The fee for this designation is $95 annually, with group discount rates available for multiple collectors.


Continuing Education Units 

Upon successful completion of the course, attendees receive .75 CEUs (7.5 contact hours) of continuing education credit. Attendees will be provided with a CEU certificate stating the course name, date, sponsoring organization (DATIA) and number of CEUs awarded.  These CEUs can be used by attendees for fulfilling continuing education requirements.