SFST, ARIDE and DRE Certification and Update Guide
* All SFST and DRE practitioners and instructors must maintain compliance with Colorado State Standards in order to perform
roadside maneurvers, evaluations or instruction.
SFST- Standard Field Sobriety Test
DRE-Drug Recognition Expert
DRE Course manager
Required in all POST certified academies
Current SFST Practitioner
Current SFST practitioner
Current SFST practitioner and successfully passed ARIDE
Current DRE practitioner
Selected by State DRE Coordinator
Duration and description of course
24-hour course, providing the basic instruction for SFST practitioners.
NHTSA 32-hour SFST Instructor Development Course
16-hour course on advanced detection of drug impaired drivers
72-hour DRE training, field certification and final knowledge exam
40-hour NHTSA DRE Instructor Development Course
As recommended by State Coordinator
2 hours of update training every two years from the date of your last certification. Dates of certification maintained by POST
8 hours of instructor update every 2 years from the date of last instructor certification
8 hours of update training every two years from the last date of certification. Initial certification: Must complete 3 evaluations and 1 additional evaluation witnessed by a DRE instructor.
8 hours of instruction every 2 years. Class instruction is considered a DRE school, ARIDE, SFST school, field evaluations, or as approved by the DRE state coordinator
Who can teach a basic course
CDOT approved SFST instructor
DRE Instructor (An SFST instructor may teach session 1-3 on the first day of ARIDE)
CDOT approved DRE instructor
IACP DRE section-approved instructor
Who can teach an Update course
SFST Instructor, agency-chosen instructors, or CDAC TSRP
SFST instructor or those selected by CDOT
DRE, DRE instructor or others approved by CDOT
|DRE instructor or others approved by CDOT|
Certification expiration information
If the certification expires, you must complete another 24-hour introductory course.
If the certification expires, you must attend NHTSA 320hour Instructor Development Course
Expired DRE cannot perform field evaluations. Contact DRE state coordinator with expiration questions.
If the certification expires, you must attend the 40-hour instructor class again.
Approved by CDOT
Approved by CDOT
This course may count toward a one-time SFST practitioner or instructor update
Approved by CDOT
See "Update Required" above
courses that apply
DRE CDOT state coordinator
Who can host a class
Any Agency. POST funding may be available.
Any agency and CDOT will host several updates annually. POST funding may be available.
Any agency. POST funding may be available.
Coordinated by the IACP DRE Section.
Agencies are responsible for entering training into the POST portal and maintaining compliance
Agencies are responsible for entering training into the POST portal and tracking classes.
Prerequisite of the DRE school.
|CDOT hosts 5 regional DRE update and at least 2 certification nights annually|
*** 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