Courses of Instruction


  • April 14-25,2014
  • September 15-26, 2014

Prerequisite: Must have a minimum of three years experience as a law enforcement officer, and have a minimum of 36 career DWI arrest, or if less than three years experience, must have a minimum 72 career DWI arrests. The candidate must have attended an Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) training course.  Additionally, all DRE candidates must be proficient in administering standardized field sobriety tests (SFST), and active in DWI enforcement.  Candidates must provide a letter of support from their agency head or DRE coordinator.

Course Description: This very intense, advanced course is designed to enable participants to determine whether observed driver impairment is due to drug use other than alcohol, and if so, to identify the category or categories of drugs inducing the observable signs of impairment.  The curriculum involves a three-phase training process:

Phase I consists of a two-day (16-hour) preschool.  During this preschool, students become familiar with the techniques of the drug evaluation, and receive updated training on SFSTs.  Students also begin to learn the techniques and procedures for evaluating persons suspected of drug impairment.

Phase II of training is a seven-day (56-hour) classroom program, during which students receive detailed instruction in the techniques of the drug evaluation examination as well as in physiology, the effects of drugs and legal considerations.  Upon completion of this phase of training, the student must pass a comprehensive written examination before proceeding to Phase III of training, the field certification.

The field certification portion of training follows completion of the classroom training. During this portion of the training, students, under the direction of certified instructors, evaluate subjects suspected of being impaired by drugs other than alcohol.  After participating in and documenting the results of at least twelve drug evaluations and completing a comprehensive examination, the student is certified as a Drug Recognition Expert

NOTE:  Field certification nights will be held in additional to the 72 hours of classroom training.  These are mandatory and are scheduled in the St. Louis Metro area on the nights of April 26 and 27.

Who Should Attend: Officers who meet the prerequisite requirements, and voluntarily accept the responsibilities of a DRE, included call-outs, maintaining proper paperwork, and completing the minimum number of evaluations and training hours for recertification


  • Funding provided through a Highway Safety Grant for most of the training           

Continuing Education Hours:

  • 60 hours of Technical Studies
  • 12 hours of Skill Development

Mineral Area College Credit:

  • None
  1. Sergeant Joe Armistead
  2. 573-751-9941
  4. For questions concerning enrollment:
  5. Jeanette Ford
  6. 573-751-3626 or


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