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SAPAA Partner Institute

The SAPAA Training Institute is responsible for creating and maintaining our robust catalog of both live and web-based trainings. The Partner Institute is a unique in-person regional seminar that offers advanced training delivered by experts in the industry and paired with a relevant corporate sponsor. Full details are available below.

When: 7:30 AM
Where: Bruno Conference Center, St. Vincent's Birmingham
810 Saint Vincent's Dr.
Birmingham, Alabama  35205
United States
Contact: Anne Kelly, CAE, CMP

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***Please note:  To allow for appropriate food and beverage planning, pre-registration is required for this event.***
You may register online here or by completing the PDF registration form.

SAPAA is thrilled to partner with these corporate sponsors to bring you a unique regional event:


Join us for our morning General Sessions for just $25.00, including a continental breakfast and boxed lunch.  In the afternoon, choose from one of our optional add-on Training Institute Courses for a reduced rate of $75.00—that's more than $100.00 savings from when these courses are offered at our Annual Conference!  

SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITY!  Thinking of joining SAPAA?  Now is a great time!  Non-members that register to attend this event will receive a $25.00 discount voucher to be used on their 2018 membership dues!  Offer only applies to non-members, and the discount may only be used once per organizational membership.

CEU approval is pending!

 7:30–8:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast (Sponsored by SAPAA)
Welcome from SAPAA President Joe Plaia and representative from St. Vincent's Birmingham

 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

General Session Topics

  • Recap of the Top 10 OSHA Citations in 2017 (And How to Avoid Them)
  • Update on Post-Accident Drug Testing Regulations
  • DOT Update on Significant Upcoming Changes
  • Solutions for Workplace Impairing Effect Medications/Substances
  • Conducting Legally Defensible Fitness for Duty Exams


  • Tommy Eden, Esq., Partner • Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
  • C.B. Thuss, Jr., M.D., CMRO, Medical Director • St. Vincent's Occupational Health Clinics
  • Jeff Sims, CSAPA, President • a’TEST Consultants, Inc.
12:00–1:00 p.m.

Boxed Lunch
Presentation from St. Vincent's Birmingham

These courses will be held concurrently.  A break will be held midway through the course.
 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Drug & Alcohol Industry Overview
Jeff Sims, CSAPA, President • a’TEST Consultants, Inc.

 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Specialized Supervisor Training Course
Dennis Kerns, BT, MT (ASCP), CSAPA, Senior Consultant • Current Consulting Group, LLC
President/CEO • GDK Global Consulting, LLC

 1:00–3:30 p.m.

FMCSA Clearinghouse Regulations: Five Ways They Impact Your Fleet Now
Tommy Eden, Esq., Partner • Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
C.B. Thuss, Jr., M.D., CMRO, Medical Director • St. Vincent's Occupational Health Clinics

Suggested Nearby Hotels

DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham - (205) 933-9000

Home2 Suites by Hilton Birmingham Downtown - (205) 322-7933

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Birmingham - (205) 322-7937

Residence Inn by Marriott Birmingham Downtown at UAB - (205) 731-9595

Homewood Suites by Hilton - (205) 703-9920


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