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Individual DOT courses

DOT training programs for employees, supervisors and DERs typically include several courses. Each course is designed around specific learning objectives and included in programs to meet particular learning needs.

C4SN-01: USCG Determining Reasonable Suspicion

Instruction: Course
Authority: DOT USCG
Audience: Supervisor

This course will help supervisors in USCG drug and alcohol testing programs make decisions about reasonable suspicion testing, using observations of employees as evidence.

Learning objectives

Learners who complete this course will be prepared to:

  1. Explain the role of evidence in reasonable suspicion decisions and the degree of certainty required for testing
  2. Describe the articulable and contemporaneous standards that apply to observations of employees
  3. Explain why it's important to focus on current drug and alcohol use
  4. Describe five types of observable signs of current alcohol and drug use
  5. Identify situations where reasonable suspicion testing is not warranted


This course is included in the following programs.

P4SB-01: Basic USCG Supervisor Training