SFST, ARIDE and DRE Certification and Update Guide

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

Must be currently certified in SFSTs

Must be currently certified in SFSTs

Currently SFST certified, and attended and completed a live ARIDE course

Certified DRE

Certified DRE Instructor

Duration and description of course

24-hour course, providing the basic instruction for SFST practitioners.

32- hour course

16 - hour course, providing additional instruction on road side tests.

56 - hour course

24-hour course

8 - hour course

Update Required?

YES - 2 hours of update training required every two years from the date of your last certification to maintain certification

YES - 8 hours of instructor update training required every 2 years to maintain certification.

 

NO

YES - 8 hours of update training required every two years to maintain certification.

****Initial Certification - 3 evals and 1 additional eval witnessed by a DRE Instructor

YES - Must teach in the classroom or field evaluations. Class instruction is considered a DRE School, ARIDE or SFST school.  Or as approved by DRE State Coordinator

 

NO

Who can teach a basic course?

SFST Certified Train the Trainer Instructor

Certified SFST Instructor

Certified DRE**** an SFST Instructor may teach the first 4 hours on the first day of an ARIDE school

Certified DRE Instructor

Certified DRE Instructor

IACP DRE Section approved instructor

Who can teach an update course?

Certified SFST Instructor or those an agency chooses, in addition to CDAC

Certified SFST Instructor or those selected by POST and CDOT

 

Certified DRE, or others approved by CDOT

 
Certified DRE, or others
approved by CDOT

 

Certification expiration information

If the certification expires you must complete another full 24 hour introductory course.

If the certification expires, must attend a full instructor course

 

If certification expires contact the state DRE coordinator

If certification expires must attend a full 24-hour instructor class again.

 

Courses that
cover multiple
update
requirements:

 

 

This course may count towards an SFST update one time.

****These 8 hours may count for your SFST Instructor and practitioner update.

 

 

 
 
Who approves 
courses that apply
to re-certification 
requirements?

Agency is responsible for entering training into the POST portal and tracking classes

CDOT and POST will approve classes that count towards an update  *****Agencies are responsible for entering training into the POST portal and tracking classes

 

 

DRE CDOT State Coordinator

 

DRE CDOT State Coordinator

 

Who can host a class?

Any Agency, POST, CDOT, CDAC

Any Agency, POST, CDOT, CDAC

****POST will coordinate 2 annual updates

Any agency.  The training is available online.  POST and CDOT recommend taking a live course.

Coordinated by the CDOT DRE State Coordinator  ***CDOT will provide 2 annual updates

Coordinated by the CDOT DRE State Coordinator.  ****CDOT will provide 2 annual updates.

Coordinated by the IACP DRE Section.

Miscellaneous

*** Agencies can request CDAC

teach an SFST Update

 

*** For acceptance into a DRE school you must have attended a live ARIDE course.

 

SFS- Standard Field SobrietyTest

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

 

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