Due to the fast-paced evolution of drugs and
drug-impaired driving, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training must be
maintained on an ongoing basis in order to be effective in removing impaired
drivers from roadways. The Drug Evaluation and Classification Program
(DECP) has addressed this need with the development of the two-year
recertification cycle. In order to maintain DRE certification after the initial classroom
course and field certification phases have been completed, every two years,
certified DREs must meet four requirements to prove that they are actively
involved in the program and that they have received up-to-date information on
new and changing legislation and drug trends.
One requirement is that (1) DREs must complete at least 8 hours of
recertification classroom training every two years. This course not only
serves as a refresher for the basic concepts learned in the initial DRE training, it is also an opportunity for DREs to
learn about changing drug and DUI legislation, new drug trends, and issues of
officer safety with regard to drugs and impaired individuals.
The remaining three requirements are (2) performing and (3) documenting a
minimum number of evaluations in the two-year certification period (including
one in front of a certified instructor at the recertification class) and (4)
documenting any other related training, experience, or education completed in
that two-year period. A more detailed description of the four
requirements is located in the pre-requisites section below.
This course is an 8-hour classroom course which includes instruction on: · Drug/DUI Legislation Updates· SFST Review· Eye Examinations· Current Drug Trends· Administrative Procedures There will be one instructor-led evaluation simulation during the
Flyers for classes are available upon request.
In order to recertify, the DRE is required to do the following:
1. Must have completed at least four evaluations* within the past two
years of certification.
2. Update the National Tracking
System with evaluations and toxicology results.
3. Send an updated Curriculum Vitae to the Impaired
Driving Section at email@example.com.
4. Attend an 8-hour DRE Recertification class.
*One of these must be an instructor-led evaluation and will be completed
during the recertification class.
Upcoming classes may be found in the Schedule of Classes page under RECERT. In order to register for this course,
students are required to electronically submit a Training Request form as well as
a copy of their most recent DRE card to the
course coordinator. An email with a name and POST ID number will not
suffice to reserve a roster spot.
Fees & Costs:
There is no registration fee to attend this course. If a facility use fee is
charged by the hosting agency, it will be noted in the expanded course
description. This course is funded through the California Office of Traffic
Safety DRE Grant. Travel reimbursement is not available for this course.
If your agency is interested in hosting this course at your training facility,
please contact the Recertification State Coordinator, Officer Rick Horrocks, at