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Substance Abuse Expert meets the new NRC Requirements.

SAPAA now offers a Substance Abuse Expert training course as required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The course consists of a manual in a PDF format that you will download upon checkout to your computer. This study manual will consist of-

Any SAE who makes determinations of fitness must be qualified to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and controlled-substance abuse disorders;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the SAE function as it relates to the public's interests in the duties performed by the individuals who are subject to this subpart; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Part 26 Fitness for Duty Program and any changes thereto.

SAEs must receive qualification training on the following subjects:
  • Background, rationale, and scope of Part 26;
  • Key drug testing requirements including specimen collection, laboratory testing, MRO review, and problems in drug testing;
  • Key alcohol testing requirements, including specimen collection, the testing process, and problems in alcohol tests;
  • SAE qualifications and prohibitions;
  • The role of the SAE in making determinations of fitness and the return-to-duty process, including the initial evaluation, referrals for education and/or treatment, the follow-up evaluation, continuing treatment recommendations, and the follow-up testing plan;
  • Procedures for SAE consultation and communication with licensees or other entities, MROs, and treatment providers;
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements; andIssues that SAEs confront in carrying out their duties. The SAE course provides everything necessary to qualify SAEs in their new role with the NRC as well as other Federal or State rules.

SAE Qualification Requirements

To be permitted to act as an SAE in the NRC drug-testing program, you must meet at least
one of the following credentials:

1. A licensed physician (Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy);
2. A licensed or certified social worker;
3. A licensed or certified psychologist;
4. A licensed or certified employee assistance professional; or
5. A drug and alcohol counselor certified by the National Association of Alcoholism and
Drug Abuse Counselors Certification Commission (NAADAC) or by the International
Certification Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (ICRC). 

A score of 80% is passing. If needed the exam can be taken a second time for FREE. 

When you are ready to take the exam, open the text file included in the Course Material download. Follow the link included in the text file. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions, only one question is on the screen at a time. The exam is on a 1½ hour timer. A certificate will be issued after the exam in 24-36 hours. DO NOT HIT YOUR BACK BUTTON ON YOUR BROWSER. You cannot go back and change an answer.

This is for the SAE Course - NOT the CPTC Test!