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What is the Collector Training Course?

The most crucial aspect of the Accredited Collection Facility Program is the Collector Training Course. In an effort to raise the level of accuracy and the quality of specimen collections, DATIA designed a comprehensive collector training course that covers all aspects of the collection process for both Department of Transportation (DOT) and non-DOT collections. Course participants will master proper collection procedures from completing the Chain of Custody Form to handling difficult collection situations.

Program Goals

The Accredited Collection Facility Program and Certified Professional Collector ® (CPC) programs seek to strengthen this link by ensuring that specimen collectors are highly trained and educated in federal drug testing guidelines and procedures.

The Accreditation and Certification programs will allow for an improvement in the working relationship between laboratories, medical review officers, consortia/third party administrators, and collection facilities.

DATIA's Accreditation and Certification programs will help laboratories, MROs, C/TPAs, and employers identify collection facilities that are committed to offering high quality collection services. One of the most frustrating and costly aspects of workplace drug testing is the high incidence of rejected specimens due to errors at the collection site. Use of an Accredited Collection Facility staffed with Certified Professional Collectors will reduce the number of rejected specimens, thereby saving everyone time and resources.

Collector Certification Categories

DATIA offers two levels of certification for specimen collectors, the Certified Professional Collector® (CPC) and the Certified Professional Collector Trainer® (CPCT). Both certifications provide comprehensive instruction and proficiency testing on the key elements and skills necessary to perform specimen collections in a manner that ensures the security of the specimen and the privacy of the donor. Certification as a CPCT requires additional experience and training in both specimen collections and the aspects of providing comprehensive training to fellow collectors.

Certification Requirements


  • Currently employed in a position with active participation in collection services
  • Possess understanding of DOT and HHS specimen collection requirements
  • 100 completed specimen collections and 6 months active participation in specimen collection services (must meet this requirement before attending a CPCT Training seminar)
  • Successful completion of the DATIA CPCT Training Seminar
  • Successfully achieving a passing score on the CPCT examination
  • Successfully completed 5 error-free mock collections


  • Currently employed in a position with active participation in collection services
  • Possess understanding of DOT and HHS specimen collection requirements
  • Successful completion of training by a current CPCT from the candidate's company
  • Successfully achieving a passing score on the CPC examination
  • Successfully completed 5 error-free mock collections


Please Note: DATIA training fees do NOT include the Initial Proficiency Demonstrations, also known as the “5 mock collections,” a DOT requirement for collector training, and, therefore a DATIA requirement for CPC/CPCT certification. You will need to do these on your own before getting access to DATIA’s certification exam. Please use our Regional Certified Professional Collector Trainer (R-CPCT) directory here to search for an R-CPCT near you to monitor your mock collections. If you cannot locate one near you, please keep in mind that many are willing to travel or monitor mock collections via webcam. You may also complete the mock collections with ANY collector who has been doing DOT collections for at least a year, OR who has taken a Train-the-Trainer course in DOT collections. (See 49 CFR Part 40.33 – What Training Requirements Must a Collector Meet?)

CPCT Training Course is held regionally approximately three times a year, in the spring and fall months.

The fee for the CPCT Training Course is $349 for DATIA Members and $449 for non-members.


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