SFST

 Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Course

​Background:

In the 1970s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began sponsoring research studies into the development of standardized tests for law enforcement officers to use to evaluate levels of impairment in drivers suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs or driving while intoxicated (DWI).  A number of tests were studied, and some of them were validated by the studies as being accurate indicators of impairment. 

The Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) course, also known as the DUI or DWI Detection course,  is a comprehensive course that is designed to increase the student's ability to detect impairment in drivers.  The fundamental purpose of this training course is to foster DWI deterrence, i.e., to dissuade people from driving while impaired by increasing the odds that they will be arrested and convicted. SFST training focuses on the three-phases of the DUI/DWI detection investigation, and especially on the battery of three tests that were validated by NHTSA in their studies. Students in this class learn how to recognize and document the presence or lack of clues from each test that indicate impairment in suspected DUI subjects. Successful completion of this class has resulted in attendees' improved ability to remove impaired drivers from California's roadways.

Course Description:

This course is a 16 hour classroom course which includes instruction on:

  • NHTSA Studies
  • General Deterrence
  • Physiology
  • Vehicle Code Review
  • Detection as a Three-Phase Process
  • Processing the Arrested Subject
  • Courtroom Testimony
  • SFST Instruction & Proficiency Testing
  • Report Writing

Pre-requisites:

In order to be considered for training in the SFST program, a person must be employed under direct contact of a criminal justice agency or institution involved in providing training services to law enforcement agencies.

Registration:

In order to register for this course, students are required to electronically submit a Training Request form 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.

Hosting:

If your agency is interested in hosting this course at your training facility, please contact the SFST State Coordinator, Officer Rob Smith, at (916) 843-4392 or rosmith@chp.ca.gov.

 Upcoming SFST Classes

 

 

SFST Class - RiversideSFST Class - Riverside10/4/2022 3:00:00 PM10/7/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Jeff Derouin via e-mail at jderouin@riversideca.gov. For more information, please call (951) 826-8722.10540 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92505/Upstairs Training Room<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-019<br></p>
SFST Class - Chula VistaSFST Class - Chula Vista10/11/2022 3:00:00 PM10/14/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Ryan Culver via e-mail at RCulver@chulavistapd.org. For more information, please call (619) 585-5651.315 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910 (Third Floor Training Rm)<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 20<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-026<br></p>
SFST Class - El Dorado HillsSFST Class - El Dorado Hills10/11/2022 3:00:00 PM10/13/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Mike McDonough via e-mail mmcdonough@chp.ca.gov. For questions, please call (916) 843-4360.El Dorado Hills Fire Station 85, 1050 Wilson Blvd. El Dorado Hills, CA 95762<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 24<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-029<br></p>
***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Oxnard***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Oxnard10/17/2022 3:00:00 PM10/20/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Michael Gens via e-mail at michael.gens@oxnardpd.org. For more information, please call (805) 385-7600.Oxnard Police Department 3001 Sturgis Road Oxnard, CA 93030<p>***CLASS IS FULL***<br></p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">CHP 522, Training Request</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-025<br></p>
SFST Class - IrvineSFST Class - Irvine10/18/2022 3:00:00 PM10/21/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Justin Ortega via e-mail at jortega@cityofirvine.org. For questions, please call (929) 724-7000.Quail Hill Community Center 39 Shady Canyon, Irvine, CA 92603<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">CHP 522, Training Request</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 30<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: Yes  <br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-014<br></p>
SFST Class - IrvineSFST Class - Irvine10/18/2022 3:00:00 PM10/21/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Justin Ortega via e-mail at jortega@cityofirvine.org. For questions, please send a message to the address above or call (929) 724-7000.Quail Hill Community Center- 39 Shady Canyon Drive, Irvine, CA 92603<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a><br></p>
SFST Class - OrangeSFST Class - Orange10/24/2022 3:00:00 PM10/27/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to bnielsen@orangepd.org. For more information, please call Amy Carr at (714) 744-7341. Orange Police Dpt. 1107 N. Batavia St. Orange, CA 92867<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 20<br>Fee: No<br>Wet Lab: Yes<br>Pre-Requisites: None<br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-035<br></p>
***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Class - Fairfield***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Class - Fairfield10/24/2022 3:00:00 PM10/27/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete a CHP 522, Trianing Request form and e-mail it to cbeck@fairfield.ca.gov. For more information, please call (707) 428-7082.1717 Rex Clift Lane, Fairfield CA 94533<p>***CLASS IS FULL***</p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 30<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-018<br></p>
SFST Class - Redwood CitySFST Class - Redwood City10/24/2022 3:00:00 PM10/27/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Sarah Hathaway via e-mail at shathaway@smcgov.org. For questions, please send a message to the above address or call (650) 573-2545.1301 Maple Street, Redwood City, CA 94063 Wet Lab @ Coyote Point Training Center, 1601 Coyote Point Rd, San Mateo CA <p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form </a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-005<br></p>
SFST Class - Santa RosaSFST Class - Santa Rosa10/31/2022 4:00:00 PM11/2/2022 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Lori Tomsky via e-mail LTomsky@srcity.org. For questions, please e-mail or call (707) 543-3585.Santa Rosa Utilities Field Operations, 35 Stony Point Rd Santa Rosa, CA 95404<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-030<br></p>
SFST Class - LivermoreSFST Class - Livermore11/3/2022 3:00:00 PM11/5/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Keith Tse via e-mail at ktse@livermoreca.gov. For more information, please call (925) 371-4779.1110 S Livermore Ave, Livermore, CA 94550 / Community Room<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 14<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-034<br></p>
SFST Class - Santa MonicaSFST Class - Santa Monica11/7/2022 3:00:00 PM11/10/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Sean Baker via e-mail at sean.baker@santamonica.gov. For more information, please call (310) 458-8491.Santa Monica PD. SMI Training Rm, 330 Olympic Dr. Santa Monica, CA 90401<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-028<br></p>
SFST Class - LivermoreSFST Class - Livermore11/8/2022 4:00:00 PM11/10/2022 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Keith Tse via e-mail at KTSE@livermoreca.gov. For questions, please email or call (925) 371-4779.Livermoore PD, Community Room 1110 S Liverore Ave, Livermore, CA 94550<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class size: 14<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: No<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-033<br></p>
SFST Class -Simi ValleySFST Class -Simi Valley11/14/2022 4:00:00 PM11/17/2022 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Rachel Myers via e-mal at rmyers@simivalley.org. For questions, please send a message to the above or call (805) 583-6942.Simi Valley Police Department, EOC 3901 Alamo Street Simi Valley, CA 93063<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-010<br></p>
SFST Class - GilroySFST Class - Gilroy11/14/2022 4:00:00 PM11/16/2022 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Jaime Rios via e-mail at Jrios@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (831) 770-8000.Gilroy Police Dpt. 7301 Hanna St. Gilroy, CA <p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-007<br></p>
SFST Instructor Class - Newport BeachSFST Instructor Class - Newport Beach11/28/2022 4:00:00 PM12/3/2022 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class, please complete a Training Request form and SFST instructor application aand e-mail them along with your SFST certificate to Robert Smith at rosmith@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360.Marina Park- 1600 W. Balboa Blvd. Newport Beach, CA 92663<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​​</a>Training Request Form</p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/SFST%20Instructor%20Form.pdf" target="_blank">SFST Instructor Application</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 8 <br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No <br>Pre-Requisites: SFST <br>POST CCN: 1270-20291-22-003<br></p>
SFST Class - KentfieldSFST Class - Kentfield1/9/2023 4:00:00 PM1/12/2023 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Randy Brunson via e-mail at Randy.brunson@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (916) 843-4360..College Of Marin 835 College Ave. Rm VS-3, Kentfield, CA 94904<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 24<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-037<br></p><p><br></p>
SFST Class - FullertonSFST Class - Fullerton1/25/2023 4:00:00 PM1/28/2023 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Patricia Arevalo-Odom via e-mail at parevalo@fullertonpd.org. For any questions, please call (714) 738-6749.Fullerton Library Conference Center, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave Fullerton, CA 92832<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes</p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-036<br></p><p><br></p>
SFST Instructor Class - RiversideSFST Instructor Class - Riverside3/27/2023 3:00:00 PM4/1/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, complete a CHP 522, Training Request form along with the SFST Instsructor Application. E-mail both along with your SFST certificate to Michael Phillips at michphillips@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360. Riverside PD - Magnolia Station, 10540 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92505<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">CHP 522, Training Request</a><br></p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/SFST%20Instructor%20Form.pdf" target="_blank">SFST Instructor Application</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 10<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=76bdb9c2-3652-4bd5-b330-1eb3d8127efd&TermSetId=60be2733-c40e-4f75-96cc-b67d4d71e190&TermId=6f34a449-1e0e-409b-b292-80d99838059c" target="_blank">SFST</a></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20291-22-004<br></p>
SFST Instructor Class - GlendaleSFST Instructor Class - Glendale7/10/2023 3:00:00 PM7/15/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, complete a CHP 522, Training Request form along with the SFST Instsructor Application. E-mail both along with your SFST certificate to Michael Phillips at michphillips@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360.Glendale Police Dpt. 131 N. Isabel St. Glendale, CA 91206<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 10<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: SFST<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20291-23-001<br></p><p><br></p>
SFST Instructor Class - Folsom SFST Instructor Class - Folsom 8/14/2023 3:00:00 PM8/19/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, complete a CHP 522, Training Request form along with the SFST Instructor Application. E-mail both along with your SFST certificate to Michael Phillips at michphillips@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360. Folsom PD - 46 Natoma Street Folsom, CA 95630<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 10<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: SFST<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20291-23-002<br></p><p><br></p>

 

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