This is the validated National Exam for qualification as a US D.O.T. Substance Abuse Professional, and contains the NATIONAL EXAM ONLY! You may select this option if you have already obtained the required US D.O.T. Qualification Training elsewhere. Registrants must scan and email proof of US D.O.T. SAP training to upon ordering this exam.

Please read the description below carefully as it will answer many of your questions.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2024



U.S. Department of Transportation regulations which took effect August 1, 2001 require that Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) have certain credentials, possess specific knowledge, receive qualification training, and pass a national examination. SAP qualification is restricted to professionals who are, licensed physicians (including osteopathic physicians), licensed psychologists, licensed or certified marriage and family therapists (as of 9/22/06), licensed or certified social workers, licensed or certified employee assistance professionals, and alcohol and drug abuse counselors certified by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) or by the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (ICRC).

In addition, participants must complete qualification training prior to taking this national exam. Once you have registered for this exam please email us a copy of the proof of completion of SAP qualification training ( Program Services offers a combined training and test option (exit out of this course description and search the course catalog for the complete qualification training and testing course). The test expires 180 days from purchase.

We are pleased to offer the national examination, which is available as an online test. Program Service's validated National Examination is based on 49CFR Part 40 and the US D.O.T. SAP Guidelines. As per the federal regulations, the examination covers all aspects of the US D.O.T. Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program including the functions of SAPs, MROs, Labs, and Collection professionals. It also includes questions about the modal administrations, and the procedures and rules for drug/alcohol testing. The new regulations expressly require that all professionals providing services to individuals in the return-to-duty process must be familiar with the regulations and the roles and functions of the other service agents. This is a 100-item open book test. You may have the regulation 49CFR Part 40 and the SAP guidelines in front of you while answering the items.

Our study guide (which is only available with our full course option) aids the test-taker in accessing the important details in the regulations to achieve this goal effectively. Individuals who have completed training elsewhere may take the examination without purchasing our study guide and should be able to answer every question in the examination using the US D.O.T. SAP Guidelines and 49 CFR Part 40. A score 80% or higher is required for certification. The test expires after 180 days.

Complimentary Start-up Kit: Participants who complete training and examination may submit a timely request via email ( our SAP start-up package containing valuable internet addresses to Federal Register and other US D.O.T. publications sites to register as a qualified SAP, and formats for report preparation. You must request the start up kit before your qualification with us expires.

Target Audience: Psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals. 

We now issue a credential (a SAP certificate number with an expiration date) at no cost to customers who qualify and renew with us.  If you take renewal courses or qualify with another company you may list with us for a fee of $20 per year.  Contact us for additional information about our new SAP credential.  I may take up to 12 weeks for the SAP credential to be emailed as they are batched every 90 days.  Your SAP CE certificate and your license satisfy all federal obligations until your credential arrives.  Credentials may not be issued if our records are not complete.  We will email any user whose information is incomplete and it is up to them to comply with the information request.  Credentialing however, will be delayed until that record is complete.  Contact us for more details.

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