Course Description

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST's)

DESCRIPTION: The Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Course is a comprehensive impaired driver detection course. The three-day course is designed to increase the law enforcement officer abilities to detect the impaired driver. This course meets the prerequisite for officers who wish to attend the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) Program. The class is offered free of charge to all law enforcement. This course fulfills the requirements of an OTS grant and is a pre-requisite for attendance at an Advanced Roadside Impairment Driving (ARIDE). During this 24 hour, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) course, students will develop skills in recognizing, investigating and articulating their observations related to DUI enforcement, both in their written reports and verbal courtroom testimony.

Additionally, students will be learn to successfully identify and discuss typical clues of alcohol impairment that may be seen during the SFST's and how effective DUI enforcement acts as a deterrent to this violation. On the final day of the course, a live alcohol workshop “wet lab” will be conducted to allow students the opportunity implement their training on subjects who have been dosed with alcohol.

FEE: Free

LOCATION: San Carlos City Hall (MARCH CLASS ONLY) - 600 Elm Street, San Carlos, CA 94070

                     San Mateo County Sheriff's Office - Training Center (JULY & OCTOBER CLASSES ONLY) - 1601 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401 [VIEW MAP]

INSTRUCTOR(S): Other instructors are also Law Enforcement Officers from San Mateo County and are also certified instructors in DUI and SFST. Various speakers from MADD, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office and the DMV may also be heard.

REQUIRED MATERIAL: Student dress code at the Training Center is business casual. No shorts, sleeveless shirts or open toed shoes are permitted.

PRESENTATION DATES & HOURS: This is a 24-hour course starting daily at 8:00 AM. See below for available dates.

CERTIFICATION: POST Certification #1270-20290

RESERVATIONS: This course is limited to 24 students and reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis.  Online reservations are disabled at this time.  Please contact Det. Len Beato by phone (650.573.2545) or email ( for availability and reservations.