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Rule 4758-4-03 | Administering examinations for individuals seeking to be department of transportation substance abuse professionals (DOT/SAP).


The board may administer examinations for individuals seeking to be substance abuse professionals (SAP) in a U.S. department of transportation drug and alcohol testing program provided individuals meet the following requirements:

(A) Be one of the following:

(1) An independent chemical dependency counselor-clinical supervisor, independent chemical dependency counselor, chemical dependency counselor III, chemical dependency counselor II licensed under Chapter 4758. of the Revised Code and are certified as an alcohol and drug counselor by the international certification and reciprocity consortium (IC&RC), the national association of alcoholism and drug abuse counselors certification commission (NAADAC), or by the national board of certified counselors incorporated and affiliates/master addictions counselor (NBCC);

(2) An individual authorized under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery;

(3) A psychologist licensed under Chapter 4732. of the Revised Code;

(4) An independent social worker, a social worker, an independent marriage and family therapist, or a marriage and family therapist licensed under Chapter 4757. of the Revise Code;

(5) A licensed or certified employee assistance professional.

(B) Completion of qualification training which shall include the nine required components listed in 49 C.F.R.40.281(c)(1)(2012). The nine required components are:

(1) Background, rationale, and coverage of the U.S. department of transportations drug and alcohol testing program;

(2) 49 CFR Part 40 and U.S. department of transportation (DOT) agency drug and alcohol testing rules;

(3) Key DOT drug testing requirements, including collections, laboratory testing, MRO review, and problems in drug testing;

(4) Key DOT alcohol testing requirements, including the testing process, the role of BATs and STTs, an problems in alcohol tests;

(5) SAP qualifications and prohibitions;

(6) The role of the SAP in the return-to-duty process, including the initial employee evaluation, referrals for education and/or treatment, the follow-up evaluation, continuing treatment recommendations, and the follow-up testing plan;

(7) SAP consultation and communication with employers, MROs, and treatment providers;

(8) Reporting and recordkeeping requirements;

(9) Issues that SAPs confront in carrying out their duties under the program.

(C) Submit application and required non-refundable fee.

(D) Once application is approved the board will administer the IC&RC SAP examination.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4758.20
Amplifies: 4758.221
Five Year Review Date: 5/6/2023