The use of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFSTs) is an effective means of identifying, apprehending and prosecuting
impaired drivers. Officers trained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) curricula-based SFSTs
have gained acceptance and approval throughout the United States primarily due to their accuracy and effectiveness. The SFST
Instructor Program, done solely by CHP, makes this valuable training available to agencies to
train personnel in SFSTs.
The Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Instructor Course is a comprehensive instructor course. The five-day course
is designed to impart the student-instructor the knowledge and skills for instructing the SFST Course. The 40 hours of
classroom training include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:
- Concepts of Adult Learning and Teaching
- Standardzied Field Sobriety Testing Curriculum
- Drugs That Impair Driving Curriculum
- Teaching Techniques
- Basic Public Speaking
- Effective Classroom Presentations
- Managing a Live Alcohol Workshop
- Student Instructor Presentations
Students should be selected from your agency who are specifically assigned to combating the impaired driver. Students
are required to have previous training in SFSTs consistent with NHTSA standards. Additionally, students
should possess an active interest in instructing other officers in becoming proficient in the application of SFSTs.
Currently, there is no registration fee to attend the SFST Instructor Course and all the training materials will be
provided. Students are required to wear court/business attire for classroom presentations and should bring a laptop
computer (although not necessary) which has PowerPoint capabilities. For consideration, please complete a
student enrollment request form and fax it to the CHP Academy, Impaired Driving
Unit, at (916) 376-3333, along with your current resume and SFST Certificate of Completion.