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**Please note this course is $279 for DATIA Members and $379 for non-members. Click here to find out how you can join today!

**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 at <> .


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


APRIL 13, 2019 - 8 AM to 12 PM - Sheraton Grand Chicago, Chicago, IL. (Click here to register)

This course will be held in conjuction with the 2019 DATIA Annual Conference and Expo. 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 online or 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. 


Course Objective

The objective of the Advanced DER course is to address tough questions and situations that DERs encounter. This highly interactive course will provide in-depth discussion of these issues so that DERs know best how to address these situations to remain in compliance. Participants will learn not only the regulations and regulatory guidance concerning the addressed situations, but also learn from the real-world experiences of other participants. Participants will leave with clear and concrete information on how to best perform their duties while ensuring compliance. Participants will also leave with a greater understanding of the regulations governing how to respond to these tough questions and situations.

* 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.

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.

Who Should Attend

This training course is intended for persons serving in the role of Designated Employer Representative (DER) as well as C/TPAs who provide guidance to their client DERs. The course is intended for persons already familiar with DER requirements and responsibilities, who are interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of DER roles and responsibilities.

Seminar At a Glance

*Program Hours 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

  • Background Checks
  • Refusals to Test
  • Providing Information to Collection Sites
  • Substance Abuse Professional Process
  • Reportable Drug and Alcohol Violations
  • Addressing Testing Errors


Continuing Education Units

Upon successful completion of the course, attendees receive .4 CEUs (4 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.


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