Congratulations on your decision to apply for certification as a drug and alcohol program professional. The credential is awarded by CCDAPP, an independent non-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing the quality and level of professional knowledge of individuals providing drug and alcohol testing program services to the public.


Download and review the Information Guide. Choose between becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator (CSAPA), or Certified Drug & Alcohol Program Administrator (CDAPA). CSAPA is a generalist, working with multiple federally-mandated testing programs. CDAPA works within one particular DOT modality (Motor Carrier, Pipeline, Transit, Aviation, Rail or USCG). Assess your eligibility to apply for certification, based on the CCDAPP standards of "minimum competence" found in the Information Guide. Then, complete an Application and gather the required documentation. Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please email or call us at (443) 906-6061.



The CSAPA exam consists of 150 multiple choice questions covering seven major content areas. The certification exam is designed to emphasize basic knowledge and judgment and how that knowledge is applied. Because the body of regulations in this area is so great, the operating administrations of the Department of Transportation that are most frequently encountered will be emphasized. Likewise, the entire exam is approximately focused according to the following:

  • Federal Regulations 25%
  • Modal Items 20%
  • Collection 15%
  • MRO 10%
  • Laboratory 10%
  • Alcohol Testing 10%
  • SAP/miscellaneous 10%

The focused, industry-specific CDAPA exams (e.g. Aviation, Motor Carriers, Transit etc) consist of 100 multiple choice questions covering content specific to the mode as well as specimen collection, MRO, SAP, and laboratory.


All exams are available online! CCDAPP uses a live, web-based proctoring service that allows the exam to be taken from the comfort of home or office, while still ensuring the integrity of the exam for the sponsoring institution.

In addition to the online exam, proctored exams are also offered at various industry conferences (e.g. SAPAA, NDASA, DATIA and the FTA Drug and Alcohol Program Conference). In addition, some CCDAPP Commissioners may be available to proctor your exam if located near you (if you are unable to take the online exam). To inquire about exam-taking opportunities during industry events, please submit an inquiry via email. 

CCDAPP has an established process for questioning or challenging the examination process and/or examination results by contacting the Administrator at