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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a C-SAPA?

C-SAPA is the acronym for Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator. A C-SAPA is an individual who has passed the C-SAPA certifying examination given by SAPACC.

C-SAPAs are generalists who design, organize and administer services to promote drug-safe workplaces. These services are intended to improve health and productivity for all workers, decreasing accidents and the many costs associated with substance abuse. The C-SAPA must also assure that programs are operated in compliance with any state or federal regulations, as well as company policies. Other concerns of the C-SAPA, whether s/he is directly employed by the organization or retained to serve in this capacity, include assuring that the program adheres to generally accepted standards for administrative services, testing, training, medical review, confidentiality and business ethics.

To be recognized as a C-SAPA, an administrator must:

  • Have worked in the substance abuse field for 6000 hours or for 4000 hours if s/he holds a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Demonstrate experience, with time spent in at least four of the following seven areas:
    1. Development of policies and procedures
    2. Administration of random programs
    3. Medical Review Officer (MRO) interaction/oversight
    4. Oversight and/or performance of specimen collection procedures
    5. Supervisory training
    6. Compliance with federal and state laws
    7. Interaction/oversight with Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs)
  • Pass a rigorous, diverse examination derived from a number of different disciplines. The examination is designed to identify those who have the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the functions of a SAPA.

Find out more about becoming a C-SAPA.

What is a C-DAPA-A?

C-DAPA-A is the acronym for Certified Drug & Alcohol Program Administrator-Aviation. A C-DAPA-A has focused expertise in the area of FAA regulations and is an individual who has passed the C-DAPA-A certifying examination given by SAPACC.

The essential functions of a C-DAPA-A are to design, organize and administer services to promote drug-safe workplaces. These services are intended to improve health and productivity for all workers, decreasing accidents and the many costs associated with substance abuse.  The C-DAPA-A must also assure that programs are operated in compliance with any state or federal regulations, as well as company policies. Other concerns of the DAPA, whether s/he is directly employed by the organization or retained to serve in this capacity, include assuring that the program adheres to generally accepted standards for administrative services, testing, training, medical review, confidentiality and business ethics.
To be recognized as a C-DAPA-A, an administrator must:

  • Have worked in the substance abuse field for 4000 hours
  • Demonstrate experience, with time spent in at least three of the following seven areas:
    1. Development of policies and procedures
    2. Administration of random drug and alcohol testing programs
    3. Medical Review Officer (MRO) interaction/supervision
    4. Performance or supervision of the specimen collection process
    5. Preparation and/or delivery of supervisor and/or employee education training
    6. Compliance with applicable federal and state laws
    7. Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) interaction/supervision
  • Pass a rigorous, diverse examination derived from a number of different disciplines. The examination is designed to identify those who have the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the functions of a DAPA within the FAA field.

Find out more about becoming a C-DAPA-A.

What is a C-DAPA-MC?

C-DAPA-MC is the acronym for Certified Drug & Alcohol Program Administrator-Motor Carrier. A C-DAPA-MC has focused expertise in the area of FMCSA regulations and is an individual who has passed the C-DAPA-MC certifying examination given by SAPACC.

The essential functions of a C-DAPA-MC are to design, organize and administer services to promote drug-safe workplaces. These services are intended to improve health and productivity for all workers, decreasing accidents and the many costs associated with substance abuse.  The C-DAPA-MC must also assure that programs are operated in compliance with any state or federal regulations, as well as company policies. Other concerns of the DAPA, whether s/he is directly employed by the organization or retained to serve in this capacity, include assuring that the program adheres to generally accepted standards for administrative services, testing, training, medical review, confidentiality and business ethics.

To be recognized as a C-DAPA-MC, an administrator must:

  • Have worked in the substance abuse field for 4000 hours
  • Demonstrate experience, with time spent in at least three of the following seven areas:
    1. Development of policies and procedures
    2. Administration of random drug and alcohol testing programs
    3. Medical Review Officer (MRO) interaction/supervision
    4. Performance or supervision of the specimen collection process
    5. Preparation and/or delivery of supervisor and/or employee education training
    6. Compliance with applicable federal and state laws
    7. Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) interaction/supervision
  • Pass a rigorous, diverse examination derived from a number of different disciplines. The examination is designed to identify those who have the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the functions of a DAPA within the FMCSA field.

Find out more about becoming a C-DAPA-MC.

Is certification required?

No. Certification and the effort to obtain it are entirely voluntary. It is recommended for either an in-house (directly employed) or outside program administrator as a means of verifying the individual’s qualifications.

Why certify?

The proper administration of substance abuse programs has become a complex task. It demands knowledge, ability and skills in areas where the need for formal training, education and knowledge has not previously been established.

The “consumer” for this service may have little or no understanding of the needs, yet must choose a “provider” who is truly knowledgeable. Certification by a recognized, reputable body thus becomes a major contributor to the consumer’s ability to recognize an acceptable provider.

Organizations which hire or contract for the services of a SAPA or DAPA have a standard of demonstrated capability if the individual is a holder of a C-SAPA or C-DAPA certification.

What is a Q-SAP?

Q-SAP is the acronym for Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. A Q-SAP is a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) who has passed the qualification examination given by SAPACC to meet DOT regulations.

Find out more about becoming a Q-SAP.