Breath Alcohol Technician Certification

What is it?

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) requires select industries and employers to participate in breath alcohol testing programs as a public safety measure.

Industries often regulated by The Department of Transportation include aviation, trucking, railroad, mass transit, pipeline or maritime industries.

DOT’s breath alcohol technician (BAT) curriculum is also used by non-regulated companies that want to increase workplace safety.

Individuals that help their employer comply with DOT breath alcohol testing regulations need to be trained and certified according to a very specific curriculum.

DOT-compliant training has two components that are prerequisites for certification. They include Rules and Regulations training (in-person or on-line) and Instrument Proficiency training (in-person)—both BAT certification components are offered by Bostec Inc.

In the first component, students are trained on the basic rules and regulations of breath alcohol testing during a 6 ½ hour classroom lecture (total of 8 hours including lunches and breaks). This component can also be completed via a video or computer based training program, as long as the program meets the requirements of the BAT Model Course.

The second component requires breath alcohol technician students to demonstrate proficiency in administering alcohol tests using an Evidential Breath Testing (EBT) instrument. The student will perform a minimum of seven mock tests on live subjects using their EBT instrument. These mock tests must be done in-person and monitored by a qualified instructor.

The Department of Transportation requires refresher training for BATs every five years.

Breath alcohol technician refresher training, required every five years, includes 3 hours of rules and regulations training.

The curriculum mentioned above is appropriate for all workplace, maritime and industrial testing scenarios, whether regulated by Department of Transportation, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy or United States Coast Guard.

How can Bostec help?

If your breath test instruments are manufactured by Intoximeters, our Washington State BAT training company can help.

Bostec Inc. is an authorized training source for Intoximeters–our trainer (and company owner), Rich Bosman, is an Intoximeters “Master Trainer.”

Rich is certified to train breath alcohol technicians on the Alco Sensor IV, RBTIV, Alco Sensor IV with Memory, Alco Sensor IV at Work, the Alcomonitor CC, Alco Sensor VXL, and RBTVXL.

At Bostec Inc., our goal is offer local BAT training classes that are supplemental to classes Intoximeters offers across the United States. Our breath alcohol technician training prices are exactly the same as the Intoximeters classes and we use the same training curriculum and materials. BAT students who successfully complete our course will receive factory certification.

Course offerings include Instructor Training, a one-day Breath Alcohol Technician/Evidential Breath Tester course (includes Refresher BAT) and a one-day Urine Collector course as well as a Urine Collector Instructor Class.

How can I get more information or sign up?

For more information please call our office at (360) 354-3325 or email us at bostec@bostec.com.

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