MENU mobile menu

Drug Recognition Expert Instructor Development

The Criminal Justice Institute is now accepting applications for this course. Potential candidates will need to complete an application packet and return it by the deadline of March 29, 2019. This certification course will be 40 classroom hours. The Candidate trains and certifies to become an instructor of the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP). This course certifies the candidate to teach Drug Recognition Expert School, Drug Recognition Expert Instructor Development, Drug Recognition Expert Refresher, and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE).


This course will be held at the Criminal Justice Institute located at 26 Corporate Hill Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205, May 20-23, 2019 (8 am through 5pm or possibly later). For more information please contact DRE Program Specialist Jeremy Bennett at or (501) 570-8034 or Traffic Safety Program Manager/State DRE Coordinator Tara Amuimuia at or (501) 570-8035.  Lunch will be provided daily courtesy of the Criminal Justice Institute Traffic Safety Program.  Lodging will be provided and meal per diem and mileage will be reimbursed to those traveling more than 50 miles.


Candidates must have the following:
•  Completed at least 25 Evaluations (not including original certification)
•  Completed an Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Class
•  Current Instructor Development Certification through CLEST
•  Current SFST Instructor Certification through CLEST
•  At least one DRE Recertification

Course will also require (within 12 months of class):

The candidate to instruct 8 hours in the classroom of a DECP drug recognition training program (DRE School), as well as oversee four DRE Candidate Evaluations (possible out-of state travel required for this phase of certification).

Documents to return by March 29, 2019 will include:

    1. DRE Instructor Application
    2. DRE Instructor Commitment Pledge
    3. Letters of recommendation

Please click on the links above to download the required forms, follow the directions and send them back to DRE Program Specialist Jeremy Bennett at or mail them to 26 Corporate Hill Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. Please remember if you mail the packet to send it before the deadline of March 29, 2019. Incomplete applications and those post marked after March 29, 2019 will not be accepted.

• This class is 40 hours.
• This class earns credits in our Degree Program.