You are the new Designated Employer Representative (DER) for a marine employer regulated by the United States Coast Guard. You have decided to hire Jack for his extensive experience. Jack worked nine years on the S.S. Anne, a vessel in a USCG random testing program, until three months ago when he left to work in construction. Two weeks ago he was offered a crewmember job with one of your competitors but left mid-way through his DOT pre-employment drug test resulting in a refusal. Jack provides you with evidence of a negative test from three months ago when he worked on the S.S. Anne and tells you that his pre-employment drug test requirement is waived under USCG regulations. What do you do?

In this DER training course geared toward United States Coast Guard-regulated employers you will learn everything you need to know to become a DER including:

What it means to be a DER;
The roles and responsibilities of a DER;
The requirements for a DOT Drug Testing Program under USCG regulation 46 CFR Parts 4, 5, and 16;
How to manage a drug and alcohol-free workplace program for DOT covered employees;
The drug and alcohol testing process and how to handle problems in testing;
Which regulations apply to your company and how to stay in compliance;
How to select and monitor service agents;
Training requirements for employees and supervisors;
Which records must be kept and for how long; and
Best practices to avoid a poor audit result.

You will also receive resources, reference materials, and helpful guides to help you while becoming a successful Designated Employer Representative.

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  • A comprehensive online training program consisting of videos, documents, resources, and guides
  • Online exam
  • Same-day certificate issuance (printable online)


  • Successful Designated Employer Representative (DER) learners will be able to manage a drug and alcohol-free workplace policy within their organization including providing the necessary training to employees and making determinations of when to test and when a refusal should be determined.
  • Successful students will be able to express an understanding of industry terms and the protocols involved with the DOT and USCG regulations by completing an online quiz with 75% or greater proficiency.


This course includes formal assessment techniques with quantitative strategies. Course exams utilizing a number of random questions taken from a larger question pool assess the understanding of key terms and concepts within the curriculum while the interactive videos provide a summative and qualitative assessment through demonstrations designed to assess students’ preparedness for a variety of real-world scenarios.


  • Designated Employer Representatives (DERs) and Program Managers
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Business Owners
  • Safety Officers
  • Vessel Supervisors
  • Merchant Mariners
  • Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs)
  • Compliance Officers


  • The United States Department of Transportation requires that covered organizations designate one individual with the responsibility to make formal decisions regarding the drug and alcohol testing program. This person is called the Designated Employer Representative and he or she is tasked with a need for intimate familiarity with the applicable regulations in order to ensure that the marine employer’s decisions comply with federal law. This course will prepare the DER to fulfill this role with all of the knowledge and tools necessary to perform this function proficiently.
  • Trained DERs are more likely to avoid making costly mistakes resulting in fines, penalties, and/or employee lawsuits,
  • Work at your own pace: whether you are starting your own business or enhancing an existing career in the industry, time is hard to come by. Work on your time and at your own pace.


Learners will need access to a computer with reliable internet access. The computer must be able to play video. Our videos are optimized for FlashPlayer.


There is no luck involved with becoming number one in an industry. To be on top you can’t just do what is expected; you must go above and beyond what is expected, you must innovate and come up with new methods of helping students accomplish their goals by providing some of the most cutting-edge solutions the industry has to offer. So what makes us different?


  • Our lead instructor, Andrew Easler, has a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Central Florida and is a master of corporate training.
  • Our courses are original and thoughtfully made. When we launched in 2013, our goal was to become the “Harvard” of the drug and alcohol testing training business.
  • We are an Approved Education Provider with many human resources certification organizations throughout the world and we offer continuing education credits (CE Credits) with the majority of our courses.
  • Our learning management system is robust and highly engaging. It allows students to work at the best pace that suits them for maximum learning and content retention. Our students don’t feel rushed into “cramming” for a course only to forget the material a week later and therefore perform better in practice and make less mistakes than traditional training environments.
  • All students receive lifetime access to their purchased courses until finished; review the course at any time from anywhere in the world.
  • Immediate certificate issuance after passing the course so you can start utilizing your skills right away. We can also mail you a beautiful, frame-able certificate that you will want to proudly display on your wall.


This course may take longer or shorter to complete depending on student pace, reading, and comprehension level. Here is a breakdown of the average time for this course:

  • DER Training Course for USCG (2 hours)