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**Please note this course is $379 for DATIA Members and $479 for non-members. Click here to find out how you can join today!

**This program has been approved for 7.5 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at <> .


Upcoming Dates and Locations (Please note this is a FULL-DAY course)


This course will be offered in conjuction with the 2019 DATIA Annual Conference and Expo. 

Course and conference registration will open in January. 

The 2019 DATIA Annual Conference and Expo will be held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago in Chicago, IL. The Sheraton Grand Chicago is offering DATIA attendees a reduced rate of $219 single/double. Room reservations must be made by March 12, 2019 to receive the DATIA reduced rates. Book early as a limited number of rooms have been reserved for DATIA attendees – DATIA cannot guarantee that rooms will still be available through March 12, 2019.Hotel reservations can be made by calling 888-627-7106 by Monday, March 12, 2019. Please be sure to identify yourself as a DATIA attendee to receive your discounted room rate. 

April 10, 2019 - DATIA Courses (8AM-5PM) 

April 11-12, 2019 - DATIA Annual Conference Sessions

April 13, 2019 - DATIA Courses (8AM-5PM)


Course Overview

This course will give representatives of Consortia/Third Party Administrators (C/TPAs) the tools they need to provide such training to Designated Employer Representatives (DERs) and help ensure a fully compliant testing process as prescribed in 49 CFR Part 40. This program, which allows for DERs to become certified through DATIA, aims to ensure that DOT-mandated drug and alcohol testing is performed in a professional and consistent manner, maintaining confidentiality for the donor, and compliance with all applicable regulations. DATIA training already exists for collectors, C/TPAs, and MRO Assistants—this training provides standards and education for individuals making up the final link in the mandated drug testing chain.

* 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.

Course Objective

The objective of the DER Compliance course is to provide instruction and resource material that enables the DER to: fully understand the role of the DER in the drug testing process; define issues that arise during the drug testing process and what action is required of DERs; learn more about the DER’s relationship with other players in the testing process, including C/TPAs, collectors, MROs, EAPs, laboratory personnel, and SAPs; ensure complete compliance with federal rules and regulations; and better serve the employees they work with by being knowledgeable about the entire mandated drug and alcohol testing process; learn the differences in testing procedures for each transportation mode; better define his/her role in assuring DOT and company policy compliance; provide services meeting standards of professionalism, accountability, and ethical behavior; and implement practical application of industry standards and procedures

Who Should Attend

This training course is intended for representatives of C/TPAs who will, in turn, provide training for their client DERs. Training materials are available from DATIA. After attending training hosted by a C/TPA, the DERs may take an exam administered by DATIA and become a Certified DER (C-DER). DATIA’s training programs are developed by professionals within the industry and reviewed by committees of their peers for accuracy and relevancy. This course for DERs establishes high standards in another crucial step of the drug testing process.


Once you have completed DATIA’s DER Compliance course, you may hold training courses for your client company DERs and other DERs in your area using materials provided by DATIA. Once they have completed a course with your professional instruction, the DERs may take an exam and become certified through DATIA.

Also, this program has been approved for 4 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website.

Seminar At a Glance
  • DER Responsibilities
  • Industry Definitions and Roles
  • Federal Rules and Regulations
  • Modal Regulations
  • Company Policies
  • Problem Tests and What to Do
  • Industry Standards for the DER

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.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made at least 30 days before the program will receive a full refund; cancellations made at least 14 days before the program will receive a full refund less a $50 administrative fee; and, cancellations made less than 14 days before the program are nonrefundable. All refund requests must be submitted to DATIA in writing.  DATIA reserves the right to cancel any and all courses 30 days prior to the date of the course(s) if five or less people are registered for any DATIA Seminar. DATIA will refund the course fee or offer a credit to attend the course at any date or location offered by DATIA within a year from the cancelled course date. DATIA will not incur any hotel or travel costs of attendees from a cancelled course. For any further questions regarding this policy please contact DATIA at 800-355-1257.

About Your Instructor

Lisa RuehleLisa Ruehle has been actively involved in drug-free workplace programs since 1998, in both small and large companies. As the DER for start-up airline JetBlue Airways, she created the drug-free workplace program and was responsible for service agent selection and the overall program compliance. Bringing her extensive and successful DER experience with her, she transitioned into the service agent role in 2010. Her work with various TPAs and employers has included total program creation, policy writing, compliance audits, and a variety of training presentations in-person and via webinars. Her work as a consultant at a major laboratory also gives her another perspective and tool for helping DERs and other industry providers understand different aspects of the industry. She currently serves on the DATIA Board of Directors. She is a DATIA National Trainer and primary author of the Supervisor Training course and teaches that course. She is also teaches other DATIA courses. Over the past few years, Lisa has served on various committees including the annual conference and membership committees.

Ms. Ruehle earned her PHR in 2008 and effectively applies her human resources knowledge to drug-free workplace programs, ensuring greater compliance with drug and alcohol regulations, FLMLA, ADA, and EEOC.


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