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Course Overview

Who Should take this course?

This DOT Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor course is intended to provide a supervisor of drivers and other safety-sensitive positions with the ability to recognize symptoms that indicate the use of drugs or alcohol among his or her employees. The knowledge gained from this course will allow a supervisor to establish reasonable suspicion and refer an employee for drug and alcohol testing.

Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs are a danger to themselves and others, especially if they are a driver of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) or work in a "safety-sensitive position". A supervisor's ability to identify symptoms of drug and alcohol use in their employees is critical to ensuring a safe workspace.

What Is Reasonable Suspicion?

Reasonable suspicion, as applied to the workplace, is when a supervisor can, through observable facts, make a determination that an employee is under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the workplace or on the job. Only supervisors can establish reasonable suspicion and refer workers for alcohol or drug testing.

About This Course

This course will help a supervisor identify the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse at the workplace, focusing on a variety of controlled substances, including marijuana, opiates, MDMA, PCP, and cocaine; it will outline a supervisor's responsibility once he or she has established reasonable suspicion; and it will discuss the DOT regulations regarding returning to work for employees who test positive for alcohol and drugs.

Through case studies and examples, this course will not only help a supervisor recognize when an employee could be under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, but it will also teach a supervisor how to refer an employee for substance abuse testing and follow up on the situation.

Who Should Take This Course?

The DOT Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor course is intended for managers and supervisors who oversee Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers and other safety-sensitive positions. A safety-sensitive position is one in which the occupation can have a direct impact on the safety of others.


The DOT requires that those who supervise drivers be adequately trained. The objective of this DOT Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor course is to meet the Federal Department of Transportation training requirements required by 49 CFR 382.603.

Per 49 CFR 382.603

Each employer shall ensure that all persons designated to supervise drivers receive at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and receive an additional 60 minutes of training on controlled substances use. The training will be used by the supervisors to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to require a driver to undergo testing under 382.307. The training shall include the physical, behavioral, speech, and performance indicators of probable alcohol misuse and use of controlled substances. Recurrent training for supervisory personnel is not required.

Taking this course will meet this legal training requirement

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify symptoms of alcohol and/or drug abuse;
  • Establish reasonable suspicion;
  • Follow appropriate procedures to refer an employee for drug or alcohol testing; and
  • Describe the outcomes of failing an alcohol or drug test.

Course Sections

This course consists of 1 module broken down into 4 sections. Students are required to take each section in sequential order as listed below.

ModuleSection / Topic
Module 1
Section 1 - Course Overview
Section 2 - Employer Responsibilities
Section 3 - Recognizing Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse
Section 4 - Recognizing Symptoms of Substance Abuse
Final Exam


This course has 1 final exam.

The student must complete all course sections before attempting the exam. The final exam consists of 10 questions selected at random from a larger pool of questions. A 70% score or better is required to pass the exam.

Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Additional Training

This course is designed to help workers meet the DOT's requirement for Security Awareness Training.

This training is part of a core curriculum of training that includes:

Workers must receive additional training, when required by DOT, OSHA, or EPA standards, on the specific hazards of their job.

Training providers should be used to ensure credibility and augment a company's training program. Therefore, in addition to the training provided by an outside party, a student should receive site-specific training that is supplied by their own company. This training should target the company's unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. As a rule, this company specific training should be well documented.

The bottom line in ALL SITUATIONS is that employers are required to ensure that their employees are adequately trained to do their job.

Mobile Version


We're excited to announce that this course is now available in HTML 5, making it more compatible with the browser on your mobile device (e.g., smartphone or tablet). This course requires only the most recent version of your mobile device's web browser.

Tablet Pros and Cons

Mobile versions of this sort of training are new, but below are some Pros and Cons that we have noticed during our extensive testing.


  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics


  • Smartphone screens can be too small to see
  • Mobile browsers react differently than computer browsers
  • Phone calls can interrupt training

During our testing we really noticed that tablets work much better than smartphones, simply due to their screen size.

Growing Pains

Because this is a Beta Version of our course, you may encounter some issues as we work out the kinks.

Your Mobile Browser

While HTML5 makes taking this course on mobile devices possible, not all mobile browsers are optimized for HTML5, meaning you may not have complete functionality. If you have difficulty taking this course using the browser on your mobile device, you may need to use a different browser.

Test the functionality of your browser using HTML5 and compare it to the performance of other browsers. If you find other browsers are more compatible than your own, you may want to make the switch.


Below are some frequently asked questions specific to this course.

Q - How long will this course take to complete?

Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may actually take longer to complete their training. Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.

Q - How long do I have to start a course once enrolled?

Students have 12 months to start their training from the time they enroll in an online course.

Q - How long do I have to complete a course once started?

Take up to 36 months to complete your online training, at your own pace and schedule.

Q - Do I have to finish the course in one sitting?

No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.

Q - Can I take the course from more than one computer?

Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.

Q - Will I receive a certificate for this course?

Yes, once you have completed a course, you are able to download, save or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.