"The Certified Professional Collector (CPC) program aims to ensure that the collection is performed in a professional and consistent manner, maintaining confidentiality for the donor and security, integrity and control of the specimen."

 

 

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Certification
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The Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR 40) and general industry consensus has determined a need for a program providing collection personnel with the training to become proficient in urine specimen collection for drug testing in the work place. The Certified Professional Collector (CPC) program aims to ensure that the collection is performed in a professional and consistent manner, maintaining confidentiality for the donor and security, integrity and control of the specimen.

The diversity of collection facilities and employer needs require that the program used to train collection personnel be adaptable to fit the specific requirements of each facility or company and provide consistency and competency throughout the industry. For this reason, the DATIA Certified Professional Collector Program was designed to prevent facilities or companies from having to bare the time and expense of sending all of their collection personnel to be trained at a DATIA administered training course. Rather, the collection supervisor is trained through the DATIA Certified Professional Collector Trainer (CPCT) Course.

The objective of the Certified Professional Collector Trainer (CPCT) Training Course is to provide instruction and resource material to enable the trainer to develop and teach a collector training program that will deliver information to collection personnel, helping them to become proficient in providing collection services according to proper regulations and guidelines, that ensure the privacy, integrity and security of the donor and the specimen.

Certification designations are valid for one year,
renewable on June 1 of each year.

The renewal process for both CPCs and CPCTs consists of a comprehensive written certification exam. Attendance at a DATIA administered training course is not required. As new technologies become adopted into mandated testing, however, training on the new collection procedures will be incorporated in to the Certified Professional Collector program.


  • Authority to use the CPC/CPCT designation on letterhead, business cards, and all forms of address.
  • Receive a certificate attesting to your achievement.
  • Recognition - By using your designation, you will be recognized as a drug and alcohol testing professional dedicated to providing superior services.
  • Professional Development - Increased knowledge of all aspects of specimen collection is gained through training and preparation for the Certification Exam.


CPCT

To be eligible to attend the Certified Professional Collector Trainer (CPCT) Training Course and take the CPCT Certification Exam, the collector must first:

  1. Have completed a minimum of 100 collections or six months active participation in collection services.
  2. Be familiar with and have an understanding of DOT specimen collection requirements and DHHS guidelines.
  3. Be currently employed in a position with the responsibility for performing specimen collections.


CPC

To be eligible to take the Collector Certification Exam, the collector must first:

  1. Receive training from a Certified Professional Collector Trainer (CPCT) following the curriculum contained in the DATIA Specimen Collector's Handbook.
  2. Be currently employed in a position with the responsibility for performing specimen collections.


The initial fee for the Certified Professional Collector Trainer (CPCT) Training Course, and CPCT designation is $199 for DATIA members, and $239 for non-members. The renewal fee for the CPCT Certification Exam and designation is $95 annually.

There is no fee for the training of collectors by a Certified Professional Collector Trainer (CPCT). The fee for administration of the CPC Certification Exam, and the CPC designation is based upon the number of collectors applying for certification from the company (same fees apply for renewal). The discounted rates are:

1-5 Collectors
6-10 Collectors
11-15 Collectors
16-25 Collectors
26+ Collectors

$95 per collector
$80 per collector
$65 per collector
$50 per collector
$35 per collector

For sites with 50 or more collectors to be certified, please contact DATIA at 800-355-1257 for certification fees.