Breath Alcohol Technician

BAT Certification

Advanced Medical Services trains and qualifies Breath Alcohol Technicians (BAT) and Evidential Breath Technicians (EBT) in accordance with the federal requirements.

BAT Certification Requirements:

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has specific regulations concerning the administration of Breath Alcohol Testing. All medical technicians who will be conducting this type of testing must be BAT qualified – a process which includes the following:

  • Becoming knowledgeable about DOT agency regulations (49 CFR Part 40) and current EBT Procedure Guidelines
  • Taking a qualification course conducted by a certified trainer
  • Taking part in mock testing
  • Passing a monitored proficiency demonstration

BAT Course Overview:

The course provided by AMS covers:

  • An introduction to and overview of the DOT regulations
  • Explanation of EBT methodology
  • Test preparation
  • Coverage of screening testing procedures
  • Coverage of confirmation testing procedures
  • Instruction regarding how to overcome obstacles to a test
  • Instruction regarding record keeping and disclosure of information
  • Hands on demonstration of the most commonly used testing equipment
  • Eight hours of classroom training

Certification Standards

At the end of the BAT training course, each technician should be able to:

  • Coherently explain the evidential breath test (EBT), including the methodology, actual operation, and calibration procedures
  • Accurately describe breath analysis for alcohol content
  • Explain DOT and Workplace alcohol testing programs
  • Demonstrate how to collect a breath sample, interpret the result, and record the EBT data on an alcohol testing form

Upon graduation, each technician receives a certificate of qualification. This is valid for five years from the date of course completion.