SFST, ARIDE and DRE Certification and Update Guide

* All SFST and DRE practitioners and instructors must maintain compliance with Colorado State Standards in order to perform roadside maneuvers, evaluations or instruction.

 

 

Key
SFST - Standard Field Sobriety Test
ARIDE - Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Education
DRE - Drug Recognition Expert
CDAC - Colorado District Attorney Council
CDOT - Colorado Department of Transportation
POST - Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training
TSRP - Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
IACP - The International Association of Chiefs of Police

 

 

COURSE SFST- Standard Field Sobriety Test SFST Instructor ARIDE- Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Education DRE-Drug Recognition Expert DRE Instructor DRE Course manager
Pre-requisites Required in all POST certified academies Current SFST Practitioner Current SFST practitioner Current SFST practitioner and successfully passed ARIDE Current DRE practitioner Selected by State DRE Coordinator
Duration and description of  course 24-hour course, providing the basic instruction for SFST practitioners. NHTSA 32-hour SFST Instructor Development Course 16-hour course on advanced detection of drug impaired drivers 72-hour DRE training, field certification and final knowledge exam 40-hour NHTSA DRE Instructor Development Course As recommended by State Coordinator
Update Required 2 hours of update training every two years from the date of your last certification. Dates of certification maintained by POST 8 hours of instructor update every 2 years from the date of last instructor certification   No 8 hours of update training every two years from the last date of certification.  Initial certification:  Must complete 3 evaluations and 1 additional evaluation witnessed by a DRE instructor. 8 hours of instruction every 2 years.  Class instruction is considered a DRE school, ARIDE, SFST school, field evaluations, or as approved by the DRE state coordinator N/A
Who can teach a basic course SFST Instructor CDOT approved SFST instructor DRE Instructor (An SFST instructor may teach session 1-3 on the first day of ARIDE) CDOT approved DRE instructor DRE instructor IACP DRE section-approved instructor
Who can teach an Update course SFST Instructor, agency-chosen instructors, or CDAC TSRP SFST instructor or those selected by CDOT N/A DRE, DRE instructor or others approved by CDOT DRE instructor or others approved by CDOT N/A
Certification expiration information If the certification expires, you must complete another 24-hour introductory course. If the certification expires, you must attend NHTSA 320hour Instructor Development Course N/A Expired DRE cannot perform field evaluations.  Contact DRE state coordinator with expiration questions. If the certification expires, you must attend the 40-hour instructor class again. N/A
Courses that cover multiple update Approved by CDOT Approved by CDOT This course may count toward a one-time SFST practitioner or instructor update Approved by CDOT See "Update Required" above N/A
Who approves  courses that apply to  re-certification  requirements CDOT CDOT N/A DRE CDOT state coordinator   N/A N/A
Who can host a class Any Agency.  POST funding may be available. Any agency and CDOT will host several updates annually.  POST funding may be available.  Any agency.  POST funding may be available. CDOT N/A Coordinated by the IACP DRE Section.
Miscellaneous Agencies are responsible for entering training into the POST portal and maintaining compliance Agencies are responsible for entering training into the POST portal and tracking classes. Prerequisite of the DRE school. CDOT hosts 5 regional DRE update and at least 2 certification nights annually

 

 

Printable PDF Version

SFST Pocket Card (Printable)

*** Courses taught by CDAC that count towards SFST and DRE practitioner and instructor updates

  1. Comprehensive DUI 16-hour course
  2. Felony DUI Update 8-hour course
  3. Felony DUI Update Recordings
  4. DUI Update 8-hour course
  5. Webinar classes on Heroin, Toxicology of marijuana, and Marijuana DUI

Other Courses - Green Lab will count as an SFST 2-hour refresher and/or SFST Instructor Update and/or DRE update

USEFUL LINKS

Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Training Calendar

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) DRE Program

Colorado District Attorney's Council (CDAC)Training calendar

Colorado Department of Transportation SFST/ARIDE

CDOT 2015 SFST Standards