Pre-Conference Training Day

May 4th is training day! Before the official start of our conference, NDASA will devote an entire day to professional training. Our pre-conference class sessions will include all the must-have knowledge and skills for professionals in the drug and alcohol testing industry, taught by leading experts in the field. 

Note: Separate registration from the full conference is required to enroll in pre-conference training classes.

NDASA Registered Professional Collector Training

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Room 102
Instructor: Caleb Stoll

Description: Thorough preparation for those performing urine drug test collections complete with examination and monitored mock demonstrations by our expert trainer. This training includes and exceeds all 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.

Cost: $249 Members/$349 Non-Members

Train the Trainer

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room 106
Instructor: George Gilpatrick

Description: This course is a professional development course for trainers or collectors who want to become NDASA Collection Training Instructors.  All participants completing this course will receive a 5-year certificate of completion. Refresher training is required every 5 years. To take this course, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • 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 of recommendation from a client or supervisor
  • Must be able to articulate the steps of both a federal and non-federal drug test collections to the NDASA examiner

Qualified Trainer Cost: $149 Members/ $199 Non-Members – Trainer may provide collections training in-house and issue your company’s proof-of-training to those completing your in-house class.
Approved Training Cost: $249 Members/ $349 Non-Members (Includes Training Materials) – Trainer may provide collections training to any professional who desires to receive an NDASA Registered Professional Collector certificate. Price includes full access to NDASA urine drug collection training materials.

Consortia/Third-Party Administrator (C/TPA) Basics

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room 104
Instructor: Mark Magsam

Description: Whether you are new to C/TPA operations or wanting to add C/TPA services to your existing services, this course will offer an overview of what you need to know. The content will cover: C/TPA duties, service agents, basic business requirements & components, products & services, training requirements, ethical standards & compliance, as well as the “how to” of managing your random testing platform. A full Q&A segment is included!

Cost: $149 Members/$249 Non-Members

How to Prepare for Legal Challenges in Drug and Alcohol Testing

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room 101
Instructor: Linda Richardson
Panel of Industry Experts: Bill Judge, Joe Reilly, Mary Hines, Nick Hartman

Description: A former employee has notified you they are challenging a drug test result and the adverse action you took against them. You have received a request for information from their attorney. What do you do now? This is a new course designed to offer guidance and some degree of knowledge when preparing for legal challenges associated with drug and alcohol testing.

This course will explain the difference between an expert witness, an expert consultant, and which would be better suited to the situation, while exploring how to gather the appropriate documentation in preparation for an arbitration or mediation hearing, deposition, or court testimony. It is also designed to prepare collectors/BATs, MRO, or DERs to appropriately respond to requests for information, while avoiding workplace drug and alcohol testing pitfalls. The instruction provided will educate and inform drug and alcohol testing participants on best practices when providing testimony through legal proceedings relating to drug and alcohol testing processes and procedures.

NOTE: This course is intended to provide guidance if an industry participant is called to testify in any litigation or mediation proceeding. It is not intended to imply that successful completion will in any way certify or accredit the student as a drug and alcohol testing industry “expert” nor to provide “credentialing” for industry participants.  

Cost: Cost: $149 Members/$249 Non-Members

Designated Employer Representative Training

8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Room 103
Instructor: Jan Kornmann

Description: Upon completion of this course, supervisors will have the knowledge and skills to take on the role of Designated Employer Representative (DER), successfully managing their workplaces drug and alcohol testing program. The individual in this critical position is responsible for ensuring employer compliance with federally mandated drug and alcohol testing requirements and workplace policies. A certificate of completion will be awarded to those completing this course.

Cost: $299 Members/$399 Non-Members

Hair Test Collections Training

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Room 101
Instructor: Mary Hines

Description: This course will cover instructions on the proper collection procedures for hair specimen collections, including recommended best practices as suggested by hair test laboratories and detailed information on understanding hair test results. Participants will receive a certificate of completion. The training will take into consideration potential changes to DOT guidelines.

Cost: $149 Members/$249 Non-Members

Conflict Mitigation

10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Room 104
Instructor: George Gilpatrick

Description: Performing collections requires professionalism and training. Conflicts arising from confrontational or obstructive donors may sometimes 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 the 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.

Cost: $99 Members/$149 Non-Members

Marijuana in the Workplace

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room 106
Instructor: Jo McGuire

Description: Not only have there been massive changes to marijuana products, potencies and delivery methods in the past few years, there have also been historical changes to state laws which causing much consternation for employers and TPAs in how to manage drug-free workplace policies. For a thorough understanding of contemporary marijuana, its impact on employees and how to approach workplace drug policies in the age of legal cannabis, this course is a must.

Cost: $199 Members/$299 Non-Members

Reasonable Suspicion

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room 102
Instructor: George Gilpatrick

Description: This course 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.

Cost: $199 Members/$299 Non-Members

Drug Recognition for the Workplace

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Room TBA
Instructor: Chuck Marting

Description: This course is designed to help employers, supervisors or other workplace leaders gain a better understanding of the signs and symptoms of drug impairment recognition. Participants will be taught the in-depth, internal, and physical signs of impairment caused by each of the seven drug categories. With 20 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, providing DUI Instruction and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training, Chuck Marting will share his expertise as applicable to the drug and alcohol testing industry for the detection of those operating under the influence of substances.

Cost: $149 Members/$249 Non-Members

Drug and Alcohol Program Audit – What you Don’t Know Can Cost You

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room 104
Instructors: Linda Richardson & Helen White

Description: 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 is 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!

Cost: $199 Members/$299 Non-Members

Collector Errors and Common Problems in Collections

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room 106
Instructor: Mary Hines

Description: Collector errors can be resolved with proper training, but re-training errant collectors requires awareness of the common mistakes and how to correct them. This course will cover the most common mistakes as documented by industry auditors and solutions for teaching collectors better practices that will ensure successful, error-free collections.

Cost: $149 Members/$249 Non-Members

How to Catch the Drug Test Cheaters

3:00 p.m. –  5:00 p.m.
Room 101
InstructorChuck Marting

Description: Is it real or is it fake?  The collector’s primary goal 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.

Cost: $149 Members/$249 Non-Members

How to Start a New Collection Business

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Room 103
Instructor: Mark Magsam & Jan Kornmann

Description: Students completing this course will be able to evaluate the benefits and risks involved with starting a drug testing business while determining whether the industry is right for them. Participants will understand how to estimate approximate start-up costs for their preferred business model and evaluate the steps necessary to get started. Topics will include how to choose the correct business model, creating a growth outlook, overview of service options, equipment choices, professional relationship building and marketing strategies. Come prepared to get your questions answered by industry experts!

Cost: $149 Members/$249 Non-Members