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Substance Abuse Awareness Training
Resource Created By: National RTAP
Subject: Drug and Alcohol
Format Type: Training Modules
Publish Date: 8/18/2016
This online training is available on the National RTAP eLearning portal at  

The FTA drug and alcohol testing regulation (§655.14(b)) requires a minimum of sixty (60) minutes of training for all safety-sensitive employees on the effects and consequences of prohibited drug use on personal health, safety, and the work environment. 

This Substance Abuse Awareness Training addresses the signs and symptoms that may indicate drug use. Upon completion, users are awarded a certificate in their name with a time stamp showing the duration it took to complete the module (minimum of 60 minutes).  The average time to complete the program is 90 minutes.

The typical end user will be transit staff and management, such as drivers, maintenance personnel, dispatchers, and managers, who will access the online training via personal computers or tablet devices. Managers can track learner progress and access reports in order to document compliance with training requirements. 

The course has two modules. The first is untimed and provides an overview of the course navigation, information about FTA's substance abuse program and general awareness about the dangers of alcohol misuse on the individual’s health, work, and personal life, as well as signs and symptoms of an alcohol problem.  

The second module on prohibited drugs is timed, and includes five sections. The module must take a minimum of one hour to complete to receive credit for the course. Knowledge will be tested after each drug section with a series of questions. 

The course includes links to videos about drugs and alcohol, and features narration and closed captioning, as well as a table of contents in order to revisit content as needed.

This training module was originally developed by Oregon DOT in partnership with RLS & Associates, Inc for the website. National RTAP adapted the course for widespread use.

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