Washington State DUI

Drug Recognition Expert Recertification

Washington State Drug Recognition Expert



Standards for Certification as a Drug Recognition Expert

Standards for Certification as Drug Recognition Expert Instructor

Standards for Recertification

Standards for Decertification of DREs & Instructors

Standards for Reinstatement of a Decertified Drug Recognition Expert

Standards for Agency Participation



Recertification is necessary to ensure that DREs and DRE instructors maintain proficiency. Just as the standards in the previous sections have outlined the criteria for original certification, the standards outlined in this section are required to ensure that professional integrity is maintained throughout the recertification process.

3.1 The following records concerning certification and recertification shall be maintained:

Individual DRE/
DRE Instructor

Copies of all drug evaluations
Evaluation logs
Certification and recertification progress logs

Agency DRE Coordinator

Copies of evaluation logs
Certification progress logs
Copies of certificates
Instructor ratings and summaries of student critiques
Records of classes taught by each instructor

State DRE Coordinator and/or
IACP Staff

Copies of evaluation logs (optional)
Certification progress logs
File of certified DREs and instructors
Recertification information

Commentary: Guidelines for the retention of pertinent records concerning the program operation help to ensure integrity of the program and provide valuable information for purposes of statistics and court verification of training. Other records as deemed appropriate by local agencies or certification commissions may be required of the individual DRE or the appropriate DRE coordinator.

3.2 DREs shall be required to renew their certificates of continuing proficiency every two years. A one-year grace period following the lapse of certification may be allowed for those not meeting recertification standards. During the grace period, the DRE may be recertified without having to repeat the original certification process.

3.3 The state coordinator shall be notified of those DREs in need of recertification at least six months prior to the expiration of the certificates. The state DRE coordinator shall forward to the IACP staff required documentation indicating the completion of recertification requirements. The staff will issue new cards when requirements are met.

Commentary: In the absence of a state coordinator, the TAP regional coordinator will perform these functions.

3.4 A DRE shall demonstrate continuing proficiency by
• Performing a minimum of four(4) acceptable evaluations since the date of last certification, all of which shall be reviewed and approved by a certified DRE instructor and one (1) of which shall be witnessed by a certified DRE instructor. These evaluations may be performed on subjects suspected of drug and/or alcohol impairment or during classroom simulations; and
• Completing a minimum of eight hours of recertification training since the date of the DRE's most recent certification, which may alternatively be presented in two sessions of no less than four hours, and which shall be consistent with any IACP standards for such training; and
• Presenting an updated resume and rolling log to the appropriate coordinator or his/her designee for review.

Commentary: All coordinators are responsible for maintaining the integrity of the program, and the appropriate coordinator, consistent with this responsibility, is encouraged to withhold recertification
for, or refer for remediation, any DRE whose rolling log indicates an unacceptable level of accurate evaluations, as indicated by toxicology results.

3.5 When a DRE has completed all requirements for recertification, a certified DRE instructor shall verify to the appropriate DRE coordinator that minimum recertification requirements have been met.

3.6 A certified instructor shall maintain instructor certification so long as DRE certification is maintained.

Commentary: An instructor may be decertified for cause, such as for conducting substandard instructional programs, and still maintain certification as a DRE.

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