DOT Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors is required under federal law and mandates that certain employers involved in transportation-related fields train their supervisors in identifying the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol use and abuse. DOT Reasonable Suspicion Training for supervisors is required for all personnel who manage one or more safety-sensitive employees covered by one or more federal regulations. Trucking companies, airlines, railways, and transit organizations are commonly required to train their supervisors in reasonable suspicion determinations.

This course meets or exceeds the training requirements in all 50-states and for the following federal agencies:

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA),
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA),
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA),
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG), and
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Our DOT Reasonable Suspicion training course is a 2.5-hour training course that includes the required 60-minutes of training on alcohol misuse and 60-minutes on substance use.

After enrollment, you can start learning immediately, obtain a certificate of completion in only a few hours, and start recognizing the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse.

  • Credits Never Expire
  • 2.5 Hours of Learning
  • DOT Compliant
  • Instant Course Access
  • Approved for CE Credits
  • Live Customer Support


Do you have a large group or require on-site training at your location? Contact us at 1-888-390-5574 for a no-obligation training quote.

Bulk Pricing (1 Seat = 1 Employee)

1-4 Seats       $44.00 10-19 Seats       $35.42 30-99 Seats       $26.84
5-9 Seats       $39.71 20-29 Seats       $31.13 100+ Seats       $22.55



  • According to the DOT, employers must provide signs and symptoms training to all persons who supervise safety-sensitive employees in accordance with FMCSA regulations (49 CFR §382.603), FRA regulations (49 CFR § 219.11), FAA regulations (14 CFR § 120.223), FTA regulations (49 CFR § 655.14), PHMSA regulations (49 CFR § 199.241), and USCG regulations (49 CFR § 16.401). The purpose of this training is to enable supervisors to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to require a driver or other safety-sensitive employee to undergo DOT testing described in 49 CFR § 40.  The consequences of not completing the mandated minimum training can, at the least, result in fines and penalties and at the worst serious injuries and liability.
  • Even if you are not covered by the DOT, all supervisors making reasonable suspicion determinations should be trained on the signs and symptoms in order to avoid potential liability for ordering drug and alcohol tests with insufficient suspicion.
  • Avoid safety risks by identifying the signs and symptoms of substance use and abuse in the workplace.
  • This course is approved for continuing education credits, which means they have met very high standards by the top accrediting institutions.
  • Embed a trust seal directly on your website so your customers can instantly verify your education and commitment to a drug-free workplace.


  • Immediate access to the self-paced DOT Reasonable Suspicion Training course consisting of videos, documents, and resources.
  • Training certificates never expire, though reasonable recurrent training is highly recommended (and required under FAA regulation 14 CFR § 115(c)(4)).
  • Live phone support to help employees for the duration of the course by calling 1-888-390-5574, and in-application live chat.
  • Online exam testing employees on reasonable suspicion, signs, and symptoms, and provides employees with an unlimited number of passing attempts.
  • Same-day certificate issuance which can be downloaded in PDF format and printed.
  • DOT Reasonable Suspicion training covering 1-hour of alcohol misuse and 1.5-hours of drug use and abuse.


  • Successful supervisors will be able to make reasonable suspicion determination and recognize the signs, symptoms,  suspicious activity, and behavior with 100% proficiency.
  • Successful students will  be able to express an understanding of industry terms and the protocols involved with the regulations by completing an online quiz with 75% or greater proficiency.


  • DOT Reasonable Suspicion Training includes informal and formal assessment techniques, including quantitative and qualitative strategies.
  • Course exams utilizing several random questions related to reasonable suspicion training taken from a larger question pool assess the curriculum’s understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • The interactive videos provide a summative and qualitative assessment through demonstrations designed to assess students’ preparedness for various real-world scenarios as it related to making reasonable suspicion determinations in the workplace.


  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Drug and Alcohol Program Managers
  • Designated Employer Representatives
  • Substance Abuse Professionals
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Business Owners
  • Safety Officers
  • Fleet Supervisors
  • Site Supervisors
  • Compliance Officers
  • Foremen
  • Hours-of-Service Supervisors


  • The DOT requires that all covered supervisors undergo at least two hours of reasonable suspicion training.
  • Trained supervisors can recognize safety risks early and have a higher probability of intervening before an accident or injury.
  • We know time is hard to come by. Our course credits never expire so you can work at your own pace.


  • Students will need access to a computer with reliable high-speed internet access and a supported web browser.
  • The computer must be able to play audio and video.


There is no luck involved with becoming number one in an industry. To be on top you can’t just do what is expected; you must go above and beyond what is expected, you must innovate and come up with new methods of helping students accomplish their goals by providing some of the most cutting-edge solutions the industry has to offer. So what makes us different?


  • Our lead instructor, Andrew Easler, has a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Central Florida and is a master of corporate training.
  • Our courses are original and thoughtfully made. When we launched in 2013, our goal was to become the “Harvard” of the drug, alcohol, and DNA Paternity testing training business.
  • We are an Approved Education Provider with many human resources certification organizations throughout the world and we offer continuing education credits (CE Credits) with the majority of our courses.
  • Our learning management system is robust and highly engaging. It allows students to work at the best pace that suits them for maximum learning and content retention. Our students don’t feel rushed into “cramming” for a course only to forget the material a week later and therefore perform better in practice and make fewer mistakes than traditional training environments.
  • All students receive lifetime access to their purchased courses until finished; review the course at any time from anywhere in the world.
  • Immediate certificate issuance after passing the course so you can start utilizing your skills right away. We can also mail you a beautiful, frame-able certificate that you will want to proudly display on your wall.


The DOT Reasonable Suspicion training course may take longer or shorter to complete depending on student pace, reading, and comprehension level. Here is a breakdown of the average time for this course:

  • DOT Supervisor Training Course for Alcohol: 1 hour
  • DOT Supervisor Training Course for Drugs: 1.5 hours


DOT Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors

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What is Reasonable Suspicion?

Reasonable suspicion is a crucial concept growing in importance in workplace drug and alcohol testing programs. There are many standards for reasonable suspicion varying from both civil and criminal law as well as state and federal law. However, reasonable suspicion can be generally described as an individual’s justified and “articulated hunch” that a particular activity has or has not occurred.

Articulated Hunch

How this “hunch” or “suspicion” is properly justified is subject to varying interpretations. In fact, what justifies the hunch (in other words, the “reasonableness” of the suspicion) is the most important part of the reasonable suspicion determination and is also what is most often contested. Thus, any reasonable suspicion determination should be both factually sufficient and appropriately documented in order to survive legal scrutiny. This means you should have enough observations to warrant the suspicion and those observations should be clearly, appropriately, and thoroughly recorded.


In workplace testing programs, the “activity” subject to suspicion is the prohibited use or abuse of controlled substances (drugs) or alcohol in the workplace. Thus, your specific observations documented must be directly related to drugs or alcohol in the workplace. For example, an employee showing up to work in flip-flops when professional attire is customary may be unusual or even suspicious, but without additional information or facts, is insufficient alone to be tied to drug or alcohol use in the workplace.

Federal Standards

Since any drug or alcohol test is an intrusion upon the privacy interest of an individual, the federal government balances its interests in the safety and security of the public against the employees’ rights to privacy under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. In doing so, federal agencies adopt standards for determining what may constitute a valid justification to order a test under reasonable suspicion.

The FMCSA is the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) subagency responsible for most of the regulations covering heavy truck drivers, typically those holding a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

The FMCSA regulation 49 C.F.R. § 382.307 provides the standards for ordering a reasonable suspicion drug or alcohol test. To simplify the legalese of the regulation for training purposes, each subpart has been paraphrased and a title has been added. Be sure to consult the original text of the regulation for the exact language.

Subpart A (Basis for Alcohol Test)

Subpart A requires that an alcohol test ordered under reasonable suspicion be based on reasonable suspicion that the driver has violated FMCSA regulations on the use of alcohol. This determination must be based on specific, contemporaneous, articulable observations concerning the appearance, behavior, speech or body odors of the driver.

Subpart B (Basis for Drug Test)

Likewise, Subpart B requires a drug test (controlled substances test) ordered under reasonable suspicion be based on reasonable suspicion that the driver has violated FMCSA regulations on the use of drugs. This determination must be based on specific, contemporaneous, articulable observations concerning the appearance, behavior, speech or body odors of the driver. Unlike an alcohol test determination, a drug test ordered under reasonable suspicion may also be based on observations that may include indications of the chronic and withdrawal effects of controlled substances.

Subpart C (Role of Supervisor)

Subpart C requires that only a trained supervisor or company official make the determination to test for alcohol or drugs based on reasonable suspicion and prohibits that same individual from conducting a resulting alcohol test. Note that, though not mentioned here, the general rule under DOT regulations is that a direct supervisor is prohibited from conducting a drug test on her subordinate absent certain exigent circumstances.

Subpart D (Scope of Alcohol Testing)

Subpart D limits the scope of observations forming the basis for suspicion of alcohol use to just before, during, or just after a workday. Likewise, an employee should only be ordered to undergo these tests just before, during, or right after performing safety-sensitive functions (i.e. driving a DOT-covered truck).

Subpart E (Alcohol Testing Timeline)

This subpart indicates that once a determination to test a driver for alcohol is made, the employer has 2 hours to complete the test. If the test is not completed within two hours, a separate memo must be prepared and kept on record explaining the reasons why. The employer may still complete the test up to 8 hours after the determination was made. However, if no test is completed by the eighth hour, no test can be conducted.

Subpart E also indicates that a driver may not report for duty or stay on duty performing safety-sensitive functions if they are under the influence of alcohol. If an employer has reasonable suspicion to believe the employee is under the influence of alcohol, the driver must be removed from safety-sensitive functions until either:

  • The driver passes a DOT alcohol test; or
  • 24 hours have passed since the reasonable suspicion determination.

Otherwise, reasonable suspicion alone (without an alcohol test) cannot be the only basis for any adverse action against a driver. Essentially, just because the driver “appears” to be drunk does not mean you can fire him without a valid alcohol test.

Subpart F (Timing of Documentation)

Subpart F requires that the supervisor or company official who makes a reasonable suspicion determination make and sign a written record within 24 hours of their observations or before the test results are released, whichever comes first.

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