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July 10 @ 8:00 am - July 20 @ 5:00 pm CDT



152-hour course to certify officers as Drug Recognition Experts.  The course consists of three phases and a Certification Knowledge Examination:

  • DRE Pre-School
  • DRE School

The DRE Pre-School and DRE School run together over two consecutive weeks (9 days total)

  • DRE Field Certification

The DRE Field Certification Phase begins the Monday after the DRE School and runs five days.  It may require a day or two of a second week to complete the field evaluations.

For logistical reasons, all field certification training takes place at either the Bexar County Jail (San Antonio), or the Harris County Jail JPC (Houston).

  • DRE Certification Knowledge Examination

The DRE Certification Knowledge Exam takes at the original DRE School location a week or two after the conclusion of the Field Certification Phase.

When you apply, you will be given an Agency Acknowledgement Form detailing the dates, times, and location of all events listed above.

Requirements to Attend:

  • Have a minimum of two years experience as a Texas peace officer employed by any state, county, or municipal law enforcement agency.
  • Have completed the NHTSA 24-hour Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course prior to application.
  • Possess a reasonable background in impaired driving enforcement.
  • Possess a documented ability to complete thorough and accurate reports.
  • Recommendation of two current Drug Recognition Experts.

For more information regarding the course or requirements to attend contact one of our staff or email us at:  [email protected]


Once your application is received you will be emailed a complete information packet.

Seat confirmation in the course is considered in the order that the completed application packets are received.

In cases where the school reaches capacity, suitable applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Application to the DRE School is a competitive process and acceptance is not guaranteed.


*Please note this submission does not register you for the course, it is a request for application for the course.


July 10 @ 8:00 am CDT
July 20 @ 5:00 pm CDT
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Carlos Champion
(512) 279-7176
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Southlake DPS Training Facility
100 E. Dove Rd.
Southlake, TX 76092 United States
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