DOT Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Qualification

What Is a SAP? 

How Do I Become a SAP? EAPA offers all the required education you need to earn your SAP Qualification:

Credentials: You cannot be a SAP unless you are a:

  • licensed or certified employee assistance professional (CEAP); or
  • licensed physician (Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy); or
  • licensed or certified social worker; or
  • licensed or certified psychologist; or
  • state-licensed or certified marriage and family therapist; or
  • an alcohol and drug abuse counselor certified by one of the organizations listed at


  • You must have knowledge of and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse-related disorders.
  • Understand how the SAP role relates to the special responsibilities employers have for ensuring the safety of the traveling public.
  • You must be well informed about Part 40, pertinent DOT agency regulations, these SAP Guidelines, and any significant changes to them.
  • You must subscribe to the ODAPC list serve at:
  • You must keep current on DOT agency regulations, DOT SAP Guidelines. These and other materials are available on the ODAPC Web site (


You cannot be a SAP unless you receive qualification training. The qualification training must include the nine required components specified in Section 40.281(c) of Part 40.


Following completion of your training, you must satisfactorily complete an examination. This examination must be given by a nationally recognized professional or training organization, and must comprehensively cover all the elements required for the qualification training. Please be aware that DOT requires these training or professional organizations to have their SAP examination validated by a test evaluation organization.

Continuing Education:

During each 3-year period following satisfactory completion of your training and examination, you must complete at least 12 professional development hours (e.g., Continuing Education Units) relevant to your performing SAP duties.

For additional information regarding SAP requirements, click here.

DOT/SAP Qualification/Requalification Training Course

EAPA offers virtual training for SAPs! QUALIFICATION/REQUALIFICATION course info available under 'Training Events' below. ADVANCED SAP SYMPOSIUM (monthly webinars for Advanced SAPs only) info available on the EAPA 'Live Webinars' page.  

EAPA SAP training prepares SAPs to provide services to organizations that are subject to DOT rules and regulations. EAPA offers both in-person, classroom training courses and live online, virtual training courses as well. 

The online course is offered as a 4 part webinar series, 4 hours each session. Attendance at all sessions is required for credit.

Classroom trainings are a 2-day, 14-hour event, running from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day, with 15-minute AM/PM breaks, and 1-hour for lunch. 

EAPA Online SAP Exam

The EAPA online exam covers all of CFR part 40, including modal rules, Subpart O, and Substance Abuse Professional Guidelines. The exam contains 50 multiple choice questions. Online test takers will know their results immediately upon completion. Save $50 by purchasing our training and online exam BUNDLE!

To Take the EAPA Online SAP Exam:

1. Purchase access to the exam (see “registration” below)
2. Receive an email with instructions on how to access the exam.
3. Complete the exam, and then email confirming completion.
4. The exam score will be verified, and successful candidates will receive exam certificates via email.

Online RE-TEST Information:

Examinees who do not pass the exam are eligible to re-test (rates: $75/member, $100/non-member). There is no waiting period prior to a re-test except for time to process new test credentials. A different version of the 50 question exam will be given each time the EAPA Online SAP exam is taken.


EAPA offers three registration options: 1) purchase both the training and the exam, 2) training only, or 3) exam only.

  • Training & exam bundle pricing: $590 member; $620 non-member
  • Training only pricing: $465.00 member; $495.00 non-member
  • Exam only pricing: $175 member, $225 non-member

Click a link below to register accordingly:


In-person training events are subject to EAPA's COVID policy for in-person events.

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SAP Examination

Member Fee:$175.00
Non-Member Fee:$225.00


Examinees who do not pass the exam are eligible to re-test (re-register at a reduced registration fee).  There is no waiting period to re-test except for time to process new test credentials.  A different version of the exam will be provided online each time the exam is taken. 
SAP Exam ReTest

Member Fee:$75.00
Non-Member Fee:$100.00

Refund Policy:

No refund will be given after exam has been accessed. All refund requests are subject to a $50 administrative fee.

   For SAP testing and training questions, e-mail  Julie Rochester