2021 Annual Conference: Training

May 25-27

St. Louis, Missouri

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Standout Training Opportunities 

At its 2021 Conference & Trade Show NDASA will once again offer an exceptional selection of training opportunities for conference goers.

This year, however, we are making it even easier to take advantage of as many breakout sessions as possible. Our hybrid model will allow you to take courses on demand up to 30 days after the close of conference. No more being forced to choose!

The Basics-From Collection to SAP

  • 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., Grand D
  • Instructor: Linda Richardson

This course offers valuable information about who the players are in the drug and alcohol testing industry, and what their roles and responsibilities are. The course is designed for anyone who is NEW to the drug and alcohol testing industry and needs to know what is required of the employer (DER), collector, MRO, laboratory and SAP. The course will explore how each entity interacts with each other. Come prepared to learn!

Member Price: $149

$249 for non-members

Beat the Cheaters - Know the Signs of Specimen Tampering

  • 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., Sterling 9
  • Instructor: Chuck Marting

Is it real or is it fake? Our goal as collectors is to protect the integrity of the drug test. Drug test cheating appears to be at an all-time high in our industry. Your collectors must be trained in how to detect attempts to substitute or dilute the urine test. This course will outline how to spot cheaters, how to respond and how to (or not to) proceed with the collection. Hands-on practice scenarios will be utilized.

Member Price: $149

$249 for non-members

NDASA Registered Professional Collector Training

  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Grand A
  • Instructor: Jan Kornmann

Thorough preparation for those performing urine drug test collections complete with examination and monitored mock tests by our expert trainer. This training includes and exceeds all of the elements for Federal D.O.T. programs and covers the delineation between regulated and non-regulated protocols. Participants will receive a 5-year certificate upon completion. (Materials Provided) 

Member Price: $249

$399 for non-member

Reasonable Suspicion

  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Grand B & C
  • Instructor: George Gilpatrick

This course and examination qualifies trainees to conduct reasonable suspicion evaluations and referrals for testing. This course will exceed the federal requirements for all United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) modes and non-regulated employers will be fully qualified as well. Attendees will review the Purpose of Reasonable Suspicion/Cause Testing Regulations Application, examine signs and symptoms of drug and/or alcohol impairment, and learn how to conduct an evaluation. Live demonstrations will show techniques of evaluating, examples of avoidance, and the methods by which observations are transitioned from witnessed to articulated in documentation. Barriers to reasonable suspicion/cause testing and how to mitigate obstacles, including support from management, legal issues, and team dynamics, will also be discussed. The workshop will conclude with a 20-question test, with a 90% required to pass. Successful completion of this course earns the trainee a professional certification.

Member Price: $249

$399 for non-members

Changing Cannabis Laws for TPAs/DERs

  • 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Grand F, G, H
  • Instructor: Jo McGuire & Bill Judge (tentative)

Not only have there been massive changes to marijuana products, use methods, potencies and delivery methods in the past few years, there have been an historical amount of changes to state laws and even more are on the horizon. For a thorough understanding of how to approach workplace drug policies in the age of legal cannabis, this course is a must

Member Price: $249

$349 for non-members

Business Start-up in the Drug and Alcohol Industry

  • 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (1 hour lunch on your own at noon), Park View
  • Instructor: Andrew Horn
  • Compliance: Should you incorporate? Which type of entity is right for your business? Do you need a business license? SBA information.
  • History and Growth Outlook: How did the drug testing industry start? How big is it now? Is it growing?
  • Services: Which services might be right for your business to offer?
  • Marketing: Where and how should you market? Who is your target market?
  • Equipment: With a wide variety of choices to make, how do you know which equipment will best fit the services you provide? Successful students will be able to evaluate the benefits and risks involved with starting a drug testing business, determine whether the industry is right for them, determine an approximate start-up cost for their preferred business model, and evaluate the steps necessary to get started.

Member Price: $399

$599 for non-members

Drug and Alcohol Program Audit - What you don't know can cost you

  • 10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m., Grand D
  • Instructor: Helen White & Linda Richardson

This course breaks down compliance into two components: third-party activities and employer activities.  This course is for those who have EXPERIENCE in the drug and alcohol testing industry and especially beneficial for those who manage internal drug and alcohol programs.  This will be an interactive course that will require the participant to actively engage in a mock audit.  Come prepared to work!

Member Price: $149

$249 for non-members

Conflict Mitigation

  • 12:20 – 2:00 p.m., Grand A
  • Instructor: George Gilpatrick

Performing collections requires professionalism and training. Conflicts arising from confrontational or obstructive donors may eventually lead to a refusal to test but they will nearly always result in a disputed outcome and an unhappy client. This course provides a clear process for drawing the line between unpleasant behavior and that which can result in a clear determination of a refusal to test. Using regulatory parameters, the collector and collection site staff will be able to complete more tests, reduce refusals and confrontations, and reduce conflicts for the client employers. This course is included as a regular component of NDASA’s collector training/refresher course but is also a standalone class.

Member Price: $50

$100 for non-members

Alternative Specimen Collections

  • 1 – 3 p.m., Sterling 9
  • Instructor: Mary Hines

This course will cover alternative specimen collections instruction and demonstration to include collecting hair samples and oral fluid. Participants will receive an NDASA certificate of completion. The training will take into consideration potential changes to DOT guidelines.

Member Price: $149

$249 for non-members

Workplace Drug Policy-Writing Workshop

  • 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Grand F, G, H
  • Instructor: Jo McGuire

As cannabis laws change, workplace policy writing practices must stay current yet effective. We will share the importance of workplace policies and why they matter, what holds up in court and what will get an employer into a sure-fire lawsuit. We will also cover each core component of a policy and have in-depth discussion about variables that will help employers make good policy choices, regardless the size of the company.

Member Price: $249

$349 for non-members

Introduction to Drug Impairment Recognition

  • 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Grand D
  • Instructor: Chuck Marting
    • This course is designed to help employers, supervisors or other workplace leaders gain a better understanding of the signs and symptoms of drug impairment. In this course each participant is taught the in-depth internal and physical signs of impairment caused by each of the seven drug categories.  This course will demonstrate the practice of drug impairment recognition in the workplace.

      Member Price: $249

      $349 Non-Members

    Train the Trainer

    • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Grand A
    • Instructor: George Gilpatrick

    This course is a professional development course for trainers or collectors who want to become NDASA Collection Training Instructors. To take this course, you must meet the following pre-requisites:

    • Must have performed urine drug test collections for at least 1 year.
    • Urine drug test collections must have included Federal tests under DOT or HHS.
    • May be certified or designated as a Trainer for at least 1 year prior to taking this course.
    • Must submit a letter for recommendation from a client or supervisor.
    • Must be able to articulate the steps of both a federal and non-federal drug test collection to the NDASA examiner.

    Qualified Trainer (Member Price): $150

    NDASA Approved Trainer (Member Price): $350

    NDASA Approved Trainer will receive a Five-year certificate. Trainer purchases licensing agreement and receives NDASA materials for training courses provided to any recipient who desires to receive an NDASA Registered Professional Collector certificate. Trainer must participate in refresher training after 5 years. Class participants trained for this trainer will pay the trainer for their time with the added fee of the NDASA certificate ($50.00 each.) The Approved Trainer is listed on the NDASA website as a national resource. NDASA Registered Professional Collectors will be listed in the NDASA National Registry of Professional Collectors.