Become a U.S. Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional!

Safety is the first priority of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). To ensure that transportation providers employ workers who are 100% drug- and alcohol-free, the DOT developed regulations for a Alcohol and Drug Testing Program and created the position of Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) to assist those who are identified through this program as having a problem with drugs and/or alcohol.

DOT Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) evaluate workers who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and make recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing and continuing care. Specifically, SAPs:

  • Conduct comprehensive face-to-face assessment and clinical evaluation to determine what level of assistance the employee needs in resolving problems associated with alcohol use or prohibited drug use;
  • Recommend a course of education and/or treatment with which the employee must comply prior to returning to DOT safety-sensitive duty;
  • Serve as a referral source to assist the employee’s entry into an acceptable program;
  • Conduct a face-to-face follow-up evaluation with the employee to determine if the individual has demonstrated successful compliance with recommendations of the initial evaluation and has made appropriate clinical progress sufficient to return to duty;
  • Develop and direct a follow-up testing plan for the employee returning to work following successful compliance; and
  • Provide the employee and employer with recommendations for continuing care.

Why become a SAP?

  • Generate additional income
  • Expand your private practice
  • Qualify for new employment opportunities through companies that have SAP staff positions
  • Reduce your workload while transitioning into retirement
  • Use your current skill set in a new way
  • Engage with a new population of clients
  • Join an exclusive marketplace where only a limited amount of SAPs are available

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify to be a DOT SAP, you must have the following:

NAADAC can help you meet each of these requirements:

Additional Resources

For more information on becoming a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), follow the above links, call 703.741.7686 Option 1 or email naadac@naadac.org.